Self-Care During COVID-19

To reduce anxiety, boost your mood, and savor the free time you have been gifted during quarantine, try one or more of these suggestions each day:

  • Start a journal. Pick a subject to write about each time you make an entry. For example:
  • Name 10 things for which you are grateful.
  • Make a list of short-term goals.
  • Write down 10 words to describe yourself.
  • Name some internal and external resources you have to help you through the pandemic.
  • Share something that has made you proud or happy in the past two weeks.
  • Write about current challenges in your life.
  • Make a list of everything you’d like to say “no” to.
  • Take a walk outdoors – in your yard, on your street, or at the park.
  • Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual. If you generally cut your sleep short because you have too much to do, this is a great time to be well-rested.
  • Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while and enjoy catching up.
  • De-clutter your desk or a room.
  • Spend an entire day without looking at social media.
  • Pull out a cookbook or go online for a recipe you’ve never made
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset or appreciate something in nature you rarely have time to notice.
  • Get rid of five things you never use.
  • Write down a playlist of favorite songs from your past and listen to them.
  • Unsubscribe from “junk” emails.
  • Send an encouraging text message to five co-workers or family members.
  • Wake up 30 minutes early to meditate, pray, or reflect.
  • Listen to a podcast on a subject that interests you.
  • Make a wholesome breakfast and focus on eating it without any reading or interruptions.
  • Think of something you’ve dreaded doing and complete it. Then, cross it off your list
  • Relieve your anxieties in the moment by paying attention to your breathing and noticing if you are OK right now, with no thoughts of the past or future.
  • To slow yourself down, eat an orange very slowly, segment by segment. Savor the taste, touch, sight, and smell as you take each bite.
  • Let go of the guilt of something you “should” do and replace it with something you want to do.
  • Unfollow social media accounts that don’t bring you joy.
  • Clean out your garage, or a closet, drawer, or shelf.
  • FaceTime or video chat with one or more family members.
  • Try a five-minute meditation on your own or do an Internet search for a guided meditation.
  • Say a mantra that brings you comfort, such as “I am confident,” “All will be well,” or “May I be happy and healthy.”


These small gifts you give to yourself can help you to be more resilient and grounded, even in uncertain times.



Source: Premier Healthy Living

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