Learn about ten essential COVID self care tips in today’s guide.
Coronavirus has become our new normal – maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and carrying (and using) hand sanitisers regularly has become the standard now. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and interact with others.
But that’s not all it has changed – it has also changed how we look after ourselves. There are more things we need to be aware of, more things we need to be wary of. There is a lot of uncertainty and fear around, which goes hand in hand with a lot of stress and anxiety.
So how can you take better care of yourself during these times?
That’s what we wanted to explore with today’s guide on COVID self care tips – we have included some essential COVID self care tips that can help you take better care of yourself during these uncertain times.
Read on to learn more.
Ten Essential COVID Self Care Tips
1. Sleep well
Sleep is one of the most important and beneficial things you can do to take care of yourself.
If you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system will suffer and you will be more at risk of getting sick. There are lots of other negative impacts too (like how lack of sleep negative impacts your work).
So pay attention to your sleep and make sure that you get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep every day.
2. Stay fit
Being active and working out is not just good for staying in shape, it is also one of the best ways to boost your immune system, which in turn helps you to keep the diseases at bay (not to mention the dangerous visceral fat).
So if you want to improve your chances of not getting sick, start working out.
Go out for a walk, or a run, or just do some bodyweight exercises (or even weight training) at home – you don’t need to go to a gym to stay fit and look after your health.
Even a few minutes of exercise a day can be great for you, and can really boost your overall health, and your immune system.
On that note, combining regular regular physical activity with intermittent fasting can really take the benefits up a notch. Learn about the benefits of intermittent fasting here.
3. Avoid junk food
One of the biggest challenge with spending more time at home is the temptation of snacking. People generally tend to snack when they are bored, but it is not good for you (learn more about the dangers of unhealthy eating).
So the next time you feel the urge to snack on crisps or biscuits (or one of your other go-to snacks), resist the temptation. If your body really is hungry, then eat some proper food.
Otherwise, ignore the urge to snack. Here is a two-minute trick to stop your junk food cravings that can help.
That said, if you can’t ignore it, stock up on healthy foods to snack on, like vegetables, or even hard boiled eggs (which also happen to be our personal favorite, especially because they are great protein-rich snacks).
4. Cut down on Alcohol
Alcohol helps you to feel mellow and thus overcome the feeling of anxiety and stress, right?
It might seem like that’s what it does (because of alcohol’s intoxicating effects), but research has found that alcohol actually does more harm than good when it comes to our mental health and wellbeing.
Learn more about reasons not to drink alcohol. Also check out these non-alcoholic drink recipes to help you get started with cutting down on alcohol, without compromising on your enjoyment! As a bonus, those drinks will also set you up for Halloween!
5. Practice deep breathing
Deep breathing is one of the fastest ways you can destress yourself. It also happens to be great for your health.
There is a good reason why yogis and monks have been practicing it for thousands of years, and why even celebrities are big supporters of deep breathing.
So practice deep breathing and make it into a habit – it is one of the best ways to look after yourself, and as such, one of the most essential COVID self care tips.
It’s easy to do too – just breathe in for 4 seconds or longer!
The next time you feel yourself getting stressed, practice deep breathing.
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to deal with stress and anxiety.
But that’s not all – it is also great for improving our physical health, our sleep, our brain, and even our immune system!
You can learn more about the benefits of meditation here.
Want to learn how you can get started? Then check out these four guides:
- How do you meditate daily
- How do you meditate at home
- How do you meditate for anxiety
- Mindfulness kindness meditation (with tutorial video)
7. Practice gratitude
Reminding yourself of the good things in your life is a great way to keep stress, anxiety and other negative thoughts at bay. Clinical studies have proven that adopting an attitude of gratitude has a positive impact on a person’s mental health and overall wellbeing. So practice gratitude regularly.
Getting started is easy – it can be as simple as asking yourself every day of the five things you are grateful for that day. In fact, have a go right now: what are five things you are grateful for today? Let us know in the comments.
8. Start journaling
Journaling is one of the best ways to take care of your mental health, and deal with stress, anxiety and other negative feelings. It can also be a great way to become more self aware and conscious of your own thoughts and emotions.
Also, journaling is a great tool for personal growth and development.
Getting started is easy too.
You can go old-school and use an actual paper notebook to start journaling (my favorite method).
Or, you can use apps to get started (which is really convenient way to start).
You know what one of the biggest sources of stress and anxiety is?
It’s negative behaviour from others.
Few things can get you as stressed, as anxious or even as down as negative behaviour (like rudeness, anger and disrespect) from others can. The same holds true for you too, so why not practice kindness? In the same way you like it when others are kind to you, others will really appreciate it when you are kind to them.
On top of that, practicing kindness also leaves you feeling good, and can be a great way to look after yourself.
A little bit of kindness can go a long way, so make a conscious effort to practice kindness every day.
Need some ideas? Then check out these 5 tips on how to spread kindness easily.
10. Reach out and connect
Even though social distancing is an important part of our lives now (and an important rule to follow, both for your own safety and for the safety of others), there is no reason why you can’t still reach out and connect with your friends and family. In fact, you absolutely should.
Connecting with others is an essential part of self care as it helps you feel good, and connected. It is also a great way to make others feel good – we all like to know we are cared for, after all. So make it a point to reach out and connect with your friends and family – it’s good for you, and it’s good for them, and can even help improve the relationship 🙂
There you have it, ten essential tips for COVID self care. These ten tips should get you well on your way to effectively looking after your health, both mental and physical. Also check out these 15 ways to increase your happiness to get even more self care ideas.
But am I not being selfish?
A common worry for people when it comes to looking after themselves is that they might be being selfish, and that is a problem as it can get in the way of proper self care.
To help clarify that misconception about self care, check out this TED talk on self care and selfishness.
Taking care of yourself is always important, but even more so now – so pay attention to the essential COVID self care tips you learned in today’s guide. Go through the list and practice what you have learned.
Take care of yourself, not just because you need to, but also because if you are not in good shape you can’t help those you care about. So do it for those you care about, if not for your own sake.
On that note, which of the COVID self care tips your learned in this guide is your favorite, and which one do you plan on starting with first? Do you have any self care tips of your own to share?
Share your thoughts and tips about COVID self care in the comments section below.
Stay safe, and look after yourself.
Have a great week!
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