Whether you are social distancing, self-isolating, or quarantining, these uncertain times have no doubt given us some degree of anxiety and disquiet.
What better time than to take this sudden spate of free time and give yourself some extra self-care? Here are some easy ways you can ensure both your body AND mind are fighting fit and upbeat.
1. go offline
Subscribed to all the latest COVID-19 updates?
It’s great that you’re staying updated, but sometimes all the noise can get overwhelming. Especially when that distant uncle of yours has forwarded yet another Whatsapp msg:”govt declaring code red today! pls stock up all… no joke.”
Taking some time away from the deluge of negative updates to focus on your mental health is 100% OK.
Prioritise your own wellbeing so you can be there for others when they need it most.
2. get more sleep
One of the best ways to boost your immunity is to simply get a good night’s rest. Studies have shown that sleep is essential for cell repair, toxin removal, white blood cell production and a myriad of other functions that help to maintain the body’s normal immune function.
When we don’t get enough (quality) sleep, our immune system becomes up to 50% less effective, leaving us more susceptible to cold and flu, as well as any other mutated cells that may affect you long-term. While catching the flu may not be the dreaded coronavirus, it can still give you a pretty nasty time for a week (and you don’t want to go through all that stress!
So stop the late-night scrolling and go to bed by 11pm for the best quality sleep and a boosted immune system. ✨
3. mask it up!
While you’re self isolating, take this time to let your skin breathe and heal.
Put on your favourite sheet mask or try your hand at DIY masks.
4. try out a new recipe
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If you’re no Cooking Mama, you can try out something easy like Dalgona coffee that’s currently all the rage on TikTok right now. Plus, it’s #aesthetic so you’re no longer stuck on pictures for your Instagram.
Many people are re-creating their favourite brown sugar milk tea, baking brownies, and even whipping up exciting new dishes like pies and pastas they’ve found online. There’s nothing more satisfying than eating something you’ve made yourself!
Now’s the time to catch up on all the books you meant to read but didn’t 🤪
Alternatively, if you find yourself stuck on what to read next, why not have a browse through the New York Times’ Bestseller Lists?
6. Netflix and Chill
When else can you have a long break like this again to binge watch your favourite shows in peace? Catch up on all the latest kdramas that you’ve been wanting to watch for like, forever. Crash Landing on You or Kingdom anyone?
7. move that body
Being stuck at home may leave you listless and feeling cooped up, and exercise is a good way to increase your energy levels. (Which you may need after all that lying down and extra snacking 😉)
Exercising also releases lots of endorphins, to keep your spirits up while you’re feeling blah!
There are plenty of good exercise videos on YouTube that you can follow and do from the comfort of your home.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need much fancy equipment or machines to keep up your fitness. Many bodyweight workouts are good for building up strength and incorporate some form of cardio besides.
If you’re lost, this article is a great starting point– it breaks down recommended exercise routines by your comfort level and areas of focus.
8. give meditation a go
If you’re feeling anxious and lost in these ~uncertain times~, you are not alone.
Meditation can be helpful in letting yourself set some time to focus on yourself and regulate your emotions.
There are some excellent apps out there like Calm or Headspace that can guide you if you are a beginner to meditation.
Even if you feel that meditation is not for you, setting a few minutes aside every morning to count your blessings and think about the positives can help you start the day off on a better note!
9. write it down.
Whether you keep a diary or a bullet journal, writing can be very beneficial in helping you regulate your emotions and to-dos.
A 2005 psychiatric study found that writing thoughts and impressions about stressful or traumatic events can help one overcome them better by learning to better regulate their emotions. It is no wonder then that diary-writing is a timeless outlet for people of all ages!
In addition, it is proven that writing a list of to-dos– even if the list is not followed– helps one to organise their thoughts better and allow them to more effectively tackle tasks.
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Start by tackling small areas in the spaces you spend most time in– your desk, or closet for example. It doesn’t have to be an entire spring-cleaning mission. Identifying a couple of things to sell, donate, or throw every week will help you get started.
If you don’t feel up to physical de-cluttering, then you can have a go at cleaning up your social media feed.
Do you cringe every time your friend overshares? Are you tired of their political/ religious posts? Or simply aren’t friends with them anymore? You don’t have to unfollow someone if you don’t want the #drama that comes with it. Instagram and Facebook allows you to mute updates from specific accounts you follow.