Self-care is always important to work into your daily or weekly schedule, especially with all the craziness that’s going on in 2020. If you’re feeling stressed, drained or disconnected from yourself, I highly suggest putting aside some time (each day) for self-care. This can be the same activity each day or change it up and experiment with new ideas.
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Self-Care Isn’t Selfish!
With all that’s going on in the world in 2020, many of us need to take some time for self-care. Being cooped up in your house can make holding motivation difficult. For anyone who is currently quarantined or self-isolating, I suggest taking some extra for self-care and making it a daily thing while you’re at home.
Self-care can help to increase your productivity and keep a positive mindset. I wanted to share a little inspiration for anyone who might be having a creative block for new forms of self-care. I came up with a list of 25 different self-care tasks that can easily be done from your house, while self-isolating.
- Read a book for 30 minutes Book Recommendations
- Call a friend
- Put headphones on and lie down
- Be creative! Draw, write, paint, whatever your thing is
- Binge a new TV show
- Attend a webinar
- Follow along to a guided meditation
- Try a Youtube fitness class
- Take a bubble bath
- Paint your nails
- Start a gratitude journal
- Write a letter to your younger or future self
- Take an online course
- At-home spa night
- Try a new baking recipe
- Take a digital detox (no social media for a day, or more)
- Have a nap
- Create a list of 5-10 movies you want to watch, watch one per night
- Blast your favourite playlist and dance like no one’s watching
- Give your kitchen, or other room, a good cleaning
- Purge your social media accounts, get rid of accounts that don’t make you happy
- DIY face mask
- Create and recite an affirmation 5 times
- Play with or pet an animal
- Colour (Personally I love the swear word colouring books)
Stop, Drop, Take Care of Yourself!
Self-care doesn’t need to be a long thing either. If you don’t have much time you can find 5, 10, or 15 minute tasks that will still benefit you. Things like meditation, journaling or creating a gratitude list will help you instantly boost your mood and get things off your chest but also don’t have a designated time limit to them.
It’s all about finding what works best for you. Some people will prefer to dedicate one day a week to self-care whereas others, myself included, prefer to do small acts of self-care every day. Working gratitude journaling or affirmations into your morning routine is a great way of starting your day off on a positive note.
It’s Not All Bubble Baths
I’m sure you’ve heard this before but self-care goes so much farther than just baths and face masks. Listen to your body and give it whatever it needs. Sometimes that might be resting and allowing your body to recharge. Other times going for a walk, doing yoga or hitting the gym will better suit your needs.
The key is to listen to your body and be able to give it what it needs at that time. Put together your own list of self-care tasks that you enjoy doing and clump them into categories. I suggest either sectioning them by type of activity (i.e. creative: painting, colouring book, freewriting), or by the length of time.
This will make it easier for you to pick a task that suits your mood and current needs. If you’re feeling overwhelmed but only have 10 minutes then taking a bath won’t be your optimum task, you might be better off writing down all the things you’re feeling at that time or meditating.
Self-Care for Mental Health
For anyone else who struggles with their mental health, self-care is a great way to connect with how you’re feeling. For me, starting each day with gratitude and affirmations has really helped me when it comes to positive thinking. The winter is especially hard, and the current situation with self-isolation and the unknown aspect, and I found this to be a great way of breaking out of my negative headspace and gaining some control over my thoughts.
Self-care has proven to positively impact mental health. Tuning into your mental state and allowing yourself to adjust when needed you, end up feeling better overall. Working it into your daily routine, as well as getting enough sleep and exercising, helps to boost self-esteem and increase productivity.
Whether you’re doing it for your mental health, to avoid burnout or just to keep up with the busyness of life, self-care is an important step in everyone’s routine.