COVID-19 dramatically changed our lives, creating a new way of working and living. Even as things return to a new normal, it's still important to focus on self-care and helping those around you while following proper health precautions. It‘s also an important time to bring your health and well-being to the forefront.
Self-care in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak includes focusing on things you can control (like having good hygiene) instead of those you cannot (stopping the virus). Below are some simple steps to help focus on well-being and changes to your daily routine:
Go for a walk in your neighborhood
Going for a walk, visiting a local park, or even playing in the yard with your children are great ways to incorporate physical activity into your new routine. Taking a break to exercise can also help reduce stress.
Take an online fitness class
Many fitness companies, personal trainers, and health organizations have made on-demand fitness classes available. If you’ve been curious about trying a Zumba class or want to get back into yoga, now is a great time to do so. There are numerous exercise routines that require no equipment other than internet access.
Have a book club with friends
Have a weekly gathering or book club meeting with a few friends and get back into enjoying small gatherings. Maintaining these eventswill allow for structure in your routine and can act as some “me” time in your busy schedule.
Talk to a counselor or therapist
If you are feeling overwhelmed or concerned about how to handle adapting to the new normal, it’s okay to reach out for help. Many health care providers and third-party providers have counseling sessions that can be conducted virtually or over the phone. It may even help to talk with a close friend about your concerns and how you are feeling. We’re all in this together.
Try new healthy recipes
It's always a great time to focus on healthy eating. Invest in trying new healthy dishes and become more mindful of how you nurture your body. It can be natural to stress eat or crave comfort foods, but being aware of how you’re eating can help maintain focus on well-being.
Information shared from authorities and news media can sometimes be scary and overwhelming. It’s important to take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, especially on social media. Take time to meditate, read a book, or watch a movie—anything to help you unwind and separate your mind from stressors.
Keep up your daily routine and normal activities as much as possible. Consider creating a schedule that prioritizes your well-being and positive mental health. Even simple activities like exercising or completing a puzzle can help you to relax and positively impact your thoughts and feelings.