John Donne, in his 17th-century works, wrote, “No man is an island…”
Indeed, we are social beings, with a powerful need for interaction. However, the current coronavirus pandemic has us isolated in our homes. We are cut off from our routine, our workplace, and the little joys of catching dinner or a movie with friends and other such activities that we used to thrive on. Life, as we know it, has suddenly vanished.
This change is bound to leave many of us overwhelmed and stressed – and it is normal to feel this way in such an unforeseen, unfortunate situation. However, remember, while we adhere to the tenets of social distancing, there are things we can do to stay sane and feel in control again. Of these, self-care is of foremost importance. We’ve compiled an interesting list to help you practice self-care during the coronavirus pandemic. This will give you something fun to do, and help form a new routine for yourself – one that will keep you healthy and happy.
- Eat nutritious food
Yes, you’re stuck home, probably preparing what seems like a million meals a day. However, this is a great time to explore food blogs and try your hand at new, nutritious recipes that are also simple to make. Enjoy the art of creating something both delicious, and healthful, for you and your family. Just ensure you eat a balanced diet with good proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of fluids!
Discover some amazing recipes at Chickpea & Berries
- Say hello to Alo Yoga
Yoga promises a transformative experience, which is perhaps exactly what we could use at a time like this. Some dedicated time for yoga can help calm your mind and heal your body through mindful movements. This is what Alo Yoga prescribes – “taking the consciousness from practice on the mat and putting it into the practice of life.” You can also feel fresh and confident with clothing choices from the Alo Yoga collection of stylish yoga wear.
Follow Alo Yoga on Instagram for instructive videos.
- Indulge in a leisurely bath using a scented candle
Your earlier hectic life may have left you no time for long, leisurely baths. However, now, there’s time, so you should make the most of it! Nothing washes away the worries of the day and soothes you like soaking in a tub and inhaling deeply, the mild fragrance of a scented candle. A pleasing fragrance is known to put you in a better mood and relieve stress, so try it.
Shop online for a scented candle at Capsule by Juliette.
- Take a deep breath
It’s easy to panic or get unduly worried when the coronavirus seems to be closing in on us. In moments when you feel that way, just stop and take deep breaths. Inhale deeply, then exhale. If you’d like a little help with that, visit the Calm website and breathe in tune with their assistance. It’s especially helpful after an intense day or to calm anxiety.
Get the Calm app.
- Dress up for your video calls
The simple act of dressing up can do wonders for you. With video chats becoming more and more popular, take the time to pick out something nice to wear when you talk to your friends and family. If you’re looking for something really special to wear, then the casual hand block-printed tops from Capsule by Juliette are perfect. With a stylish, summery look, it’s exactly what you want to feel confident and beautiful in. After all, staying indoors is no reason to not look your best!
Shop online at Capsule by Juliette.
- Use a pillow spray
Building your immunity with a good night’s sleep is extremely important during the coronavirus pandemic. If anxiety is keeping you up, then you can use a deep sleep pillow spray. Its fragrance leads you to a calmer state of mind, improving your sleep quality, and helping you wake up fresh and rejuvenated.
Choose a pillow spray for a restful night.
- Read some positive philosophy
Great reading does wonders for your mind. It can uplift your spirits and put things in perspective. Choose an author who brings you positive vibes and read a few lines when you’re feeling low, or at bedtime. You could follow @philosophyissexy on Instagram for some encouraging words. Even though the writing is in French, you can always translate it on the app.
- Get comfortable in your jammies
Don’t forget to add a touch of elegance to comfort with Capsule by Juliette’s La Nuit sleepwear collection. Designed in soft and light cotton voile, they are the perfect pyjamas to curl into bed with a good book, and then drift off into your dreams.
Browse the La Nuit collection.
- Limit your time online
It’s natural to feel drawn to certain websites to stay updated on the coronavirus news. However, this constant barrage of distressing news could make you anxious. You can install website blockers to keep a check on what you browse online, and for how long.
Install the Website Blocker for Chrome.
- Stay grateful
We understand that this is a time of upheaval for everyone, and we are dealing with many changes, most of which are not of our choosing. However, it will do us good to remember the blessings in our lives. Taking a leaf out of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, you too can make your own happiness jar, and fill it daily with one thing you are grateful for.
Get inspired and create your own happiness jar.
Diligently practice self-care during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure you remain fit in mind and body and can withstand this phase. Remember, we’re all in this together, no matter how isolated we all seem due to social distancing. And always look ahead to the time when this will end and we can go back to the life we now miss.
Do you have any more self-care tips that you’d like to share with us? We’d be happy to hear from you!