As much as you’re prioritising your health by making the choice to stay home, it may take a toll on your mental health and well-being. It’s only natural to feel anxious and at a loss on adjusting to the new normal -hich makes it extremely crucial to prioritise our state of mind as well. To make sure you’re taking care of yourself, here are some self-care tips.
Aromatherapy calms the mind and reduces stress. Fragrances from different flowers induce calmness and relaxation. You can order some flowers online and have them sent to your home! With fresh flowers, there are many ways for you to diffuse the scent around your home to uplift your mood and refresh the mind, like making a potpourri.
Get moving by exercising regularly
If you’re working from home, then you’re most likely facing the digital screen while staying seated for at least eight hours each day. Instead of starting the day travelling outside to get to work, you’re probably just walking from your bed to your work station.
It can be quite detrimental in the long-run, especially if you’re caught up chasing deadlines after deadlines. To maintain a healthy body and mindset, set aside at least 20 minutes of your time every day to get your body moving after work! Switch up your exercise routines from doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to dancing the stress away with Zumba.
Reach out to your friends and family
Safe distancing does not mean you’re socially separating yourself away from your friends and family! Staying at home can get pretty lonely sometimes. Thanks to technology, you’re able to reach out to your loved ones from kilometres away!
So, maintain a connection with the people you care about through video calls, phone calls, text messages, emails or handwritten letters to curb feelings of isolation. Having this social outlet serves as a reminder that even though you’re physically by yourself, you’re not alone.
Acknowledge your emotions
Rather than avoiding your uncomfortable feelings, it’s best to recognise and acknowledge them. Instead of avoiding them by distracting yourself, take some time off social media and your smartphone, as you sit down with a classic pen and paper. Then, ask yourself what the emotion is trying to tell you.
For example, if you’re feeling anxious about the current happenings in Singapore and around the world, don’t berate yourself for it! Recognise that you’re worried about something, but it’s out of your control. Ponder upon your feelings with kindness as you work towards nurturing yourself with self-compassion.
Cheer yourself up by incorporating a skincare routine to do every once in a while, and at the same time, achieve better-looking skin! Put on a clay mask to clear the pores, followed by a sheet mask as you relax and rejuvenate! If you have a flower bouquet lying around in the house, drop some of the petals into a bucket of warm water to soak your feet.
As you stay home, remember that you’re doing your part to save people! Remind yourself that it’s completely acceptable to slow down from your usual hustle and bustle in your daily life, as you focus on taking care of yourself. Once the situation improves, feel rest assured that you’ll be getting back to your routine as an improved version of yourself!