Since the COVID-19 pandemic really hit the world back in March, many people around the world are living in a constant state of panic. Whether it’s worrying about job security, the health of their loved ones, or feeling sad over the number of canceled big events, this year has been tough, to say the least.
While it’s important to stay up-to-date on all the latest news and developments surrounding the global pandemic we’re all living through, it’s equally as important to take time for yourself to relax, lay back, and unplug from the rest of the world.
So, when you find yourself having a bad day or need to take a moment to relax, here are some ways to practice self-care.
Get Enough Sleep
This may seem obvious, but sleep is incredibly important to the way our bodies function and handle things such as stress. It can be easy to stay up late and forget about getting our necessary eight hours of rest, but we’ll certainly pay the repercussions the next day.
Not only will sleep help you to combat things like stress, but it will also strengthen your immune system, improve your overall mood, and allow you to have the energy to tackle all your projects the next day.
Sweat It Out
Exercise can often feel like the last thing we want to do, but it always makes us feel better after doing it. And, you don’t need to go to a fancy gym or run for miles and miles to reap the benefits of exercise.
In fact, just getting your heart rate up — even if it’s for 15 minutes — will greatly improve your energy, your mood, and make your body feel better. Whether it’s getting up and dancing, taking a walk around the neighborhood, playing tag outside with your kids, or riding a bike, there are so many easy ways to get in a great amount of exercise into your day.
Find a New Hobby
Quarantine has kept us all inside and forced us to find new ways to entertain ourselves. While it can be easy to continue to watch Netflix or snack on chips, it important to get off the couch and take time for something fresh. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook, but you’ve never had the chance. Well, now’s the time to do it!
Or maybe you’ve always been interested in painting but didn’t think you would be very good at it. Now’s the time to give it a shot! Get creative with yourself and think of a new hobby to do every day, even if it’s just for an hour. Not only will this give you a new sense of purpose to your day, but it could lead you down a path you never would’ve expected.
Clutter can often make our lives feel unmanageable, and while it’s easy to ignore your messy closet and leave it for another day, now’s a good a time as any to tackle those sorts of projects.
Not only will cleaning and organizing be a nice project, but you may find things along the way you’ve completely forgotten about! Take the time to donate unwanted things and make your home feel like a place you want to spend time in.