The secret is out: Self-care is one of the single most important things that we can do for ourselves, especially when we are feeling vulnerable, isolated or overwhelmed during a time when we are limited in our community ventures.
Although the world seems to be slowly opening, it seems as though Social Distancing is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Coming up with self care ideas during a time of social distancing restrictions can be a bit of a challenge.
No matter what the circumstance, it is crucial that you don’t forget to show your mind and body some love, especially during trying times.
Self care can mean a variety of things to different people, and essentially, if it brings you joy, makes you feel good, and leaves your mind and body in a better state than before, then go ahead and indulge.
If you are fresh out of ideas of things to do to pass the time, and try to keep yourself in a good headspace at the same time, check out this list of 16 self care tips to stay sane when social distancing.
These apps all vary and have their own unique features such as bedtimes stories, meditations.
In addition to the apps above and Youtube, check out this post on Mindful Meditation Practices for People who don’t like to sit still.
OR try this quick, 1 minute loving kindness meditation video:
There are so many ways to get started with some sort of physical routine, even if it is only 5 minutes per day. There are many free yoga and exercise videos all over social media. Some of my favorites are:
Even if you get out and simply walk around your neighborhood or yard for a few minutes, it is better than no movement at all.
Start small and work your way up to longer durations.
It’s important to not be intimidated by the thought of trying a new exercise routine.
Life outside of our comfort zone can be scary, but it is beautiful once you realize your true potential.
Journaling can be incredibly therapeutic.
Keep track of feelings each day. Pour your emotions onto paper. Say the things you may be scared to say.
Increase positive emotions by noting daily gratitude.
Personalize your journaling experience any way you choose.
To help get you started, I have created a Free gratitude journal with writing prompts , available for download, so it doesn’t have to cost you a dime to get started on your journaling journey.
Additionally, if you are looking for more of a freehand journaling experience, I have also created one of those! Head over to my etsy shop to check it out here.
Reading can be quite therapeutic.
There is nothing like getting lost in a good book or audiobook.
It is a wonderful way to allow the mind a rest from it’s everyday thinking.
Audiobooks can be super convenient and allow for “reading” while you are doing other things such as driving, running or walking.
Check out some positive podcasts.
There is a podcast for just about everything and everyone.
Find a few that interest you and feed your mind and soul.
Take a few deep breaths to bring yourself into the present moment.
Starting with your head, bring your awareness to the top of the head, noticing any sensations that may arise.
Slowly moving your awareness down, noticing and releasing any tension in the jaw area, moving down the neck , noticing if your shoulders are tight and breathing into any areas tension.
Drawing attention now to the arms and down through to the fingers, gently touching your fingertips together, noticing the temperature and texture of each finger. Moving back up and then down your back, slowly inhaling fresh oxygen into each muscle and releasing tension on the exhale .
Continue moving your attention down through your hips and to your thighs, perhaps noticing any discomfort, or maybe even the feel of your clothing against your skin.
Continue on down the legs to the feet, bringing awareness to the soles of the feet. Breathe in deep, imaging breathing in through the souls of your feet and exhaling audibly, releasing all of the tension throughout the body.
If you wish to continue, go back up the body in the same slow, and mindful manner, keeping yourself grounded in the present moment.
For some guided body scans, head over to YouTube- there are TONS of them
The news and social media are meant to keep people drawn in.
They want you to spend as much time as possible on their platform, and unfortunately can sensationalize even the most mundane of scenarios.
While it can be important to check in and see what is going on in the world, it can be detrimental to our mental health when we become consumed in bias, chaos and melodrama.
So check in with your friends, browse a few funny memes, check the weather and make sure you aren’t missing any crucial news updates, but don’t stay there.
Don’t live in the drama.
Want to learn to crochet?
Try your hand at art?
Fluid art seems fun.
Soap making looks awesome.
Perhaps you’d like to start baking?
There are youtube videos for EVERYTHING.
So go ahead, step outside of your comfort zone and allow yourself to be free to try new things. If you find it is not for you, don’t get discouraged, look for something else that interests you!
Feel the water temperature, pay attention to your body and all of it’s sensations while cleansing your skin, notice any sensations that arise, practice some deep breathing, slowly, and mindfully move attention around, similar to the body scan that we talked about in # 7
Play some music, light a candle, do whatever feels right.
Bubbles, bath salts and essential oils can be lovely additions to baths and showers. The aroma of lavender filling the room is a truly relaxing experience.
Make your shower or bath time a truly special time for yourself.
Take your time with this. Very similar to the bath, take the time to notice how the massage feels, paying close attention to any areas of tension.
A nice scented lotion or oil can turn this into an even more beautiful experience.
Check out some informative videos on facial massage over on Youtube.
Did you know that coloring could actually be a form of meditation?
Coloring, especially intricate more detailed coloring, invites calm by creating a flow state.
When we hone in on a coloring project, our focus is placed on that project, which can help to filter out all other nagging or troubling thoughts.
Vision boards are a visual representation of your desires and wishes that can help you to stay on track and manifest your goals.
Print, cut, draw, and curate whatever pictures words and symbols you need to create a vibrant visual of things you’d like to do, and how you would like things to be.
Vision boards can be lots of fun to create, and even more fun to watch manifest.
Check out this vision board from Backpack Buddha.
Create as many as you’d like! All genres, all eras.
Go through all the emotions.
I have playlists from all walks of my life, from 90’s rap to country hits, to early 200’s emo and beyond, and each and every playlist has gotten me through something in life.
For some of us 80’s and early 90’s kids, remember making mixtapes and burning CD’s? The joy? The pain? The fun?
So go ahead and get lost in the music. 🙂
Create a scrapbook of things that have been happening during this time, it will keep your attention, and be cool to look back on one day.
Cut out ads from flyers, print out headlines. Whatever you feel called to do.
Scrapbooks are fun to put together and can be a nice thing to pass down to future generations.
Have fun with it.
Learning is fuel for the soul. You are never too old to stop learning.
Perhaps this is the perfect time to expand your knowledge.
A few good sites for for accessing a variety of different online courses are Udemy, Centre for Excellence
No matter what you choose, make sure it makes you feel good and nurtures your soul.
It’s important not to overwhelm yourself by taking on too many things.
It’s also important not to get too down on yourself if you try something and it’s not a good fit.
Self care should not be stressful, so do what feels right, and most importantly, be kind to yourself.