Madly In Love With Me: Why Self-Care Matters Now More Than Ever
By Shilpa Bhim
Self-care has always been an important part of our lives. But now, with the world battling the COVID19 pandemic that has forced us to adjust the way we go about our day to day lives, self-care is critical.
I am breaking down exactly why self-care is critical right now and sharing 7 tips to help you look after yourself. Keep reading for more!
Why Is Self-Care Critical Now More Than Ever?
It’s because everything is changing and uncertain because of corona virus.
Some people’s entire lives have completely shifted, seemingly with the blink of an eye. Many of us have been largely confined to our homes for weeks or months now. People have lost their jobs. Some people have been unable to spend time or celebrate special moments with loved ones.
With that comes a whole lot of emotions as you try to process what is happening, when it will end, and the way it has directly impacted your life.
Add the internet to the mix, and the never-ending news about corona virus and endless posts of everyone saying now’s the time to be really productive, and your mental health is bound to take a hit.
Even as some parts of the world are starting to ease on restrictions, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about what the return to ‘normal’ will actually look like. Especially as social distancing requirements are likely to remain in place.
With so many things being up in the air, you need to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Doing so can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation, and help you to remain centered and calm, which will help you to adjust to the changing circumstances we’re finding ourselves in.
How Can I Practice Self-Care Right Now?
Self-care doesn’t mean endless bubbles baths and massages. It can be, but it’s also about being intentional about some of the simple things in life. Things like getting lots of sleep and some fresh air can really help to support positive mental health.
Some of my favorite and easy ways to practice self-care include:
Do nothing - sometimes all your mind and body needs is rest. Listen to what you need and act, or not, accordingly.
Get lots of fresh air - Getting fresh air helps to clean your lungs, strengthen your immune system, and increases serotonin levels in your body which increases feelings of satisfaction.
If you can’t get outside, open up a window or door for a while. Getting some fresh air is better than none at all.
Spend time with loved ones - just because we are physically distancing doesn’t mean we have to stop socializing. We’re so fortunate to live in a time where we have access to so much technology that connects us all, so make the most of it if you are able to do so.
Get plenty of sleep - sleep deprivation negatively impacts your mental and physical health. Getting a full eight to nine hours of sleep a night helps your body and mind to repair, restore, and refresh itself fully.
Eat well - eating well (aka lots of vegetables and fruits) supports your health and wellbeing by filling your body with the nutrients it needs to function well.
Check-in on yourself, and others - sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust will help you to relax and feel supported.
Similarly, checking in on loved ones and people you know will not only help them but will help with your health and happiness too. Helping others out helps to strengthen relationships, create meaningful connections, and give a sense of purpose.
Treat yourself - because sometimes self-care is sitting back with a face mask on and enjoying some of your baking with a glass of wine in hand.
Whatever is your vice, it’s ok to treat yourself to the things that spark joy and make you feel relaxed.
Whether you choose to practice one of these forms of self-care or a few them, I hope you are looking after yourself and staying safe. You deserve it, now more than ever.
Shilpa is a freelance beauty, health, and travel writer from Melbourne, Australia. When she’s not writing, she’s out and about exploring places around Australia and the world. You can keep up with her adventures over at @skb.ontherun and check out her latest articles here.