Self care during COVID-19?
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
No one in the world would call COVID-19 a friend! Finally, that’s something that we can all agree on!
The pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world.
It has changed our daily routines dramatically, restricted access to our family and friends, and a lot of us have lost loved ones to this devastating pandemic.
COVID-19 has caused so much stress and anxiety that it makes it hard to see the light. But it is not all doom and gloom because there is always a little light shining through
Which is why I’m here. I’m here to help you find the light.
Here are 27 easy ways to manage your stress and anxiety during COVID-19 and of course there’s a checklist for you too!
Self Care During A Pandemic? How is That Possible?
So you wake up feeling like the world is on your shoulders.
Now, since your kids are homeschooling and you are working from home, you have to cook at least three freaking meals a day, clean up, and argue with kids about what they will or not eat.
You are super frustrated and you keep gaining weight because you are eating the kids’ scraps. You are trying your best to not lose the little bit of sanity you have left.
Ugh! Crap! You have to get ready to work.
Work is completely different now. You basically sit in front of a screen and try to make sure your kids are somewhat quiet.
You tuck off to the bathroom and shut the door softly so the kids won’t hear you. You begin to cry.
It’s been forever since you were able to just hang out with friends or see your coworkers in person.
You miss going to a restaurant or a store and be able to talk freely with strangers. Now, if you even cough in public people look at you as if you are a pariah.
You quickly glance at your watch and notice the time. You have a Zoom meeting in 15 minutes.
You are so over this new normal.
You are so freaking stressed out not only because of all your responsibilities but because this pandemic makes everything so incredibly uncertain.
You wish you could calm down, catch your breath, or even just take some time to take care of you.
Ahhh…that’s it… take care of you.
What’s that thing you use to try to do before this COVID-19 happened, self care, right?
But how is it possible now?
How can you learn how to practice self care during a pandemic?
That seems nearly impossible since you can’t even put your underwear on without someone being right there!
You just wish you had time to do something for you.
Well, it’s time to stop wishing because I got you!
Being able to practice self care during a pandemic is not a luxury but a necessity and I’m going to show you how in a way that is truly unique and easy.
The Real Definition of Self Care
Self care seems to be all about taking a bath, getting a facial, or getting dressed up.
But with this got dang pandemic going on how in the heck can you do that?
1. You’re surrounded by people ALL THE TIME NOW
2. Going out in a pandemic is not the same AT ALL.
In fact, according to the World Health Organization, self care is,
The ability to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability it also encompasses hygiene, nutrition, lifestyle, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, seeking professional health care services when needed and so much more.
Yes, I know, I know that seems like a long and comprehensive definition that still leaves you going, huh? Because I did the same thing.
So to sum it up, the definition of self care is anything that you do deliberately to take care of your health and helps you find the meaning in life, and supports your growth.
Self care helps you move forward in life and remedies situations. It does not distract you from them.
But the thing you have to know is that there are different types of self care, which many people don’t.
The Different Types of Self Care
There are 9 different types of self care that you can focus on. They are:
EMOTIONAL SELF CARE
Emotional self-care means identifying what exactly you’re feeling and moving forward in a way that identifies with those emotions.
PROFESSIONAL SELF CARE
This is self-care that helps you to have a healthy work-life balance so you can reduce the stress that deals with your career.
SPIRITUAL SELF CARE
This self-care deals with connecting with a higher power and purpose for your life.
ENVIRONMENTAL SELF CARE
This type of self-care deals with minimizing waste, decluttering your home, and minimizing your technology time to be able to connect with nature.
FINANCIAL SELF CARE
Financial Self Care is all about having a great money mindset and being responsible with your money.
PHYSICAL SELF CARE
Physical self-care involves the body. It encompasses aspects of your life such as health, nutrition, and sleep
SOCIAL SELF CARE
Social self-care is all about relationships.
It encompasses having a group of friends, a spouse, and a family, that is nurturing.
It is all about having people you can trust and turn to when needed.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SELF CARE
Psychological self-care is all about learning new things and applying those concepts to your life.
PERSONAL SELF CARE
Personal self-care is all about having a hobby as well as self-love and knowing your true self.
I bet you thought self-care just meant something like binging on Netflix, reading a book, or going out with your friends.
Nope, it means so much more than that!
Let’s be honest, needing to know all 9 different categories of self care is necessary right now!
This new normal that we are living is not easy at all and being equipped with all the tools necessary to help you go from stressed out to, okay I got this, is really, really, really, needed.
Especially when we are spending a lot more time inside with our families and not being able to see our loved ones like we are used to.
Which leads me to my next point, how can you practice self care during COVID?
How Can I Practice Self Care During COVID-19
COVID-19 has changed our lives. It has caused so much stress and it seems nearly impossible to practice self care during COVID. But…it’s not.
In fact, with so much going on right now, having to spend more time in the house, the future is uncertain, and stress and anxiety at an all-time high, it’s really important to know that self care is not selfish.
Right now is the time to focus on what makes you feel good, what gives you meaning, and what helps you to feel strong. Which you can do all of that with self care.
Knowing that there are 9 different categories of self care, I want to give you ways that you can practice self care during the pandemic for each category.
I want to make sure that you are truly taking care of you and your needs and the best way I can do that is to give you all the knowledge, right?
Let’s jump in, and don’t worry, you won’t have to take notes on this. I created a pandemic cheat sheet that will give you EXACTLY what you need to know. You can get that at the end of this article.
But first, let’s get down to business.
How To Decrease Your Stress And Anxiety During The Pandemic
Ok, so you may be wondering how is it that you can decrease your stress and anxiety during COVID-19, right? Well, it depends on what is triggering you most.
If it is work then you should look to professional self care.
If it is that your house seems to not be clean ever, then you should look to environmental self care.
Whatever is bothering you most and makes you feel like giving up, is the type of self care you need to practice first.
And because I have your back, I have listed the 9 different types of self care and some activities that you can do right now to help decrease your stress and anxiety.
Emotional Self Care Ideas
- Positive Affirmations
- Positive Posts On Social Media Only
- Create a Vision Board
Physical Self Care Ideas
- Go For A Walk
- Take A Guilt-Free Nap
- Eat Nourishing Foods
Environmental Self Care Ideas
- Declutter Your Junk Drawer
- Clean Up Your Living Space
- Monitoring Screen Time
Spiritual Self Care Ideas
- Reflecting In A Journal
Psychological Self Care Ideas
- Read a Book
- Learn A New Skill
- Practicing Mindfulness
Personal Self Care Ideas
- Define New Goals
- Refrain from Negative Thoughts
- Try A New Hobby
Social Self Care Ideas
- Set Boundaries With Toxic People
- Asking For Help
- Practice Saying No
Financial Self Care Ideas
- Set Up A Budget
- Completing Your Taxes on time
- Spending And Saving Money Wisely
Professional Self Care Ideas
- Negotiating Your Needs
- Attend Professional Developing Opportunities
- Eating A Healthy Lunch Each Day At Work
Using any of these ideas to practice self care during the pandemic will help to reduce your stress and anxiety during these unprecedented times.
The Last Thing You Need To Know About Practicing Self Care During Covid
The key takeaway to know how to practice self care during Covid is to know that self care is completely different than what the media wants you to believe.
The definition of self care is something that helps you take care of you.
It does not have to be elaborate, expensive, or take up much time.
It can be something as simple as practicing your breathing and identifying your triggers.
But remember how I told you I had a surprise for you in the beginning of this article, well, here it is.
Because I want to make sure that you are more than okay during this pandemic. Because I want to see you thrive instead of survive, I created a pandemic self care cheat sheet.
This cheat sheet is something that lists self care activities that are free and don’t take a lot of time.
You can grab this FREE cheat sheet by signing up below and be on your way to practicing self care during the pandemic the right way!
Remember Love Always and Spread Bliss,