With everything going on in the world, many people are having to self-quarantine. During this time, it can be easy to put taking care of yourself low on your priority list. There are just too many other things you have to worry about that seem more important. However, during a time of crisis, it is more important than ever to ensure your care doesn’t get lost in the chaos. It isn’t selfish to spend some time and effort to focus on your personal needs. It can help you have more energy to devote to caring for others. Below are some easy and important tips for taking care of yourself while self-quarantining.
- Find Activities That Restore Your Energy
It is important to spend some time each day doing activities that restore you and recharge your internal batteries. Simple things like meditating, baking, taking walks and playing with your pets are great options. Whenever you are feeling down or needing a little positivity in your day, complete one or more of your special activities.
- Have A Grateful Attitude
There are a lot of negative, scary things going on in the world right now. It can be understanding to feel scared, angry or upset. However, during these darker times, it is still essential to find things you are thankful for. To help negate the bad side of things, turn your attention to the positive things going on in your life. It isn’t always easy to feel grateful, but it takes practice like anything else to train your mind to think with appreciation. To make practicing effective, write down a few things you are grateful for each day. When feeling down, look back at some of the things you wrote.
- Stay Connected
Another great way to take care of yourself during self-quarantining is to stay connected with your friends and loved ones. With all of the technology available, staying connected virtually is easier than ever. Use online tools such as Zoom, Facebook and Skype to connect with people. Staying withdrawn from people can lead to negative feelings and depression.
Exercise is important all the time, but during self-quarantining, it can be even more important. Many people find it easier to sit around and get less activity than they normally would while being stuck at home for long periods. Exercise is good for a multitude of reasons. It benefits you mentally and physically. If you have pent up energy, exercising will help you release it. You don’t have to complete boring exercise routines to get your heart rate up. Consider dancing, playing some sports or taking a walk with your pet.
- Set Work Boundaries
If you are working from home while in quarantine, it is essential to set some home/work boundaries for yourself and your family members. It can be tempting to respond to work texts when you first wake up or answer emails late at night while getting ready for bed. However, it is crucial to create a structure that separates your home time from your work time. Set a time during the day that is for work only. When that time is up, put your office items away and spend time relaxing and enjoying your restorative activities.
Being stuck at home during a self-quarantine doesn’t have to knock your life off track or take a toll on you physically and mentally. Be realistic with your expectations and set realistic and tangible goals until you go back to your normal routine. Keeping your days structured will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones during these crazy times.