Self-care in the time of COVID-19
Updated: Jun 25, 2020
Generally speaking, self-betterment often falls by the wayside in our normal lives. We have all the excuses:
“I just don’t have the time.”
“I'm doing fine just the way I am.”
“Self-improvement is fucking gross.”
But, with so much time on our hands during this global pandemic, we all finally have the opportunity to put some work in on ourselves. Yes, I’m shaming you – deal with it!
There are a number of things we can do right now to take care of ourselves. But more importantly, it’ll keep us all from going fucking insane.
So, here’s what’s working for me:
Working out at home
Maybe you’re missing the gym or maybe you don’t work out at all and want to take this time to start getting fit – from CrossFit to yoga to spin, many specialty gyms are doing free classes on Instagram live.
Reading self-help books
I for one have been getting in touch with my inner child – turns out he’s a precocious little bastard. Normally I would say go to a local bookstore, but maybe take a look at what Amazon’s offering. They might be an giant evil conglomerate, but at least you don't have to leave the house.
Now’s the time to treat yourself. Dig out the bath bombs and have a soak in the tub. Eat a fancy dinner by candlelight. Give yourself a manicure. I’m not afraid to say, I’ve done all three – and my nails are on point, btw.
Taking some time to reconnect
Most of us are fortunate enough to have access to the brilliant technology of the 21st century. So set up video calls with friends and loved ones and take the time to really talk to each other. You might even want to reach out to someone you’ve fallen out of touch with. The virtual world is your oyster!
Draw! Paint! Sing! Create a scavenger hunt for your partner or roommate. Attempt to maintain a blog! Start a brand new design project that will devour all of your remaining free time. Recreate reality TV game shows like Netflix’s The Circle in such a way that you and your friends can all catfish each other on Instagram (I may have a problem). The point is, have some fun and keep your brain active.
Find help if you need to
This is a tough time for a lot of people. If you're struggling with your mental health or even if you're just stuck in isolation by yourself, it’s ok to ask for help.
You can connect with friends and family virtually or by phone and there are many online resources available.
We all need to support one another right now.
In the mean time, stay busy and stay safe.