EXPLAINED: Why Self-care is so Beneficial During Social-Distancing
In the crazy world we are currently living in, it can be so easy to get consumed with worry and stress from continuous News bulletins and rising Coronavirus cases.
And with the country now in a lockdown, you are probably beginning to feel like you’re living a situation out of a movie!
Panicking at this point will not only take a toll on your physical & mental health but sadly it will only prolong the anxiety of the process we are in.
Staying level-headed during the pandemic is the only way to get through this difficult time, as our government has stated numerous times, ‘This is a marathon, not a race’.
We may all be confined to our homes and restricted outside activities, but if you take a positive perspective that this is an opportunity for you to sit back and self-care.
Taking time to self-care is the best way to utilise your time at home and can make the whole situation a little more durable.
Whether you are self-isolating alone or in a full household, it is so vital to take time away to self-care and look after yourself.
No matter gender, age, religion, race – We all need to allocate space for Self-care to keep a healthy mind during these troubling affairs.
The Importance of Self-Care:
It gives a break from stress - If you have a stressful job and perhaps now you have to work from home, or even you work in the public sector and cannot work during this time. Take this as an opportunity to unwind from day to day stress.
It can give you much time needed alone - If you are living in a full household, maybe you have a large family, it can be very trying in lockdown with squabbling siblings and flustered parents. Taking yourself away to self-care can help you take each step as it comes.
- It can release soothing feelings - Struggling with stress with no end can become suffocating. Using this situation as a break from your stressful routine and practicing strategies that help to release tension can help to relieve anxiety and stress.
It can repair the body - Perhaps you suffer with persistent aches and pains from the strain of your job. This can be a nice interval for the body and let it naturally repair itself.
- It’s essential to self-reflect - In the scary world we live in, it can make you realise how grateful you are for the support network we are surrounded by. From family and friends to the NHS and Key workers. Take a moment each day and be grateful for one thing of the day. It can help to build a positive outlook.
Another way to self-care is to look after your physical appearance.
Use this time away from the public eye to take care of your skin and hair.
Take a bath – soothe aches and release any inner tension of the mind and skin with a hot soak.
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Deep condition your hair - Set yourself the challenge of no hot styling tools on your hair and no hair dye. Let your hair rejuvenate and grow healthy. In addition, you can add a deep conditioning hair mask on a weekly basis to help you repair any damage to your hair for a healthy growing process.
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Deep clean your pores and skin – Along with the hair challenge why not set another challenge of no makeup during lockdown (Nobody is going to be seeing you for a while so it’s the perfect time to do it!). This will help your pores breathe and heal. For the best way to cleanse and detox skin, use a face mask and pore strips on a regular basis to pull any embedded dirt out from the pores.
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- Care for your aches – If a simple bath does not suffice try purchasing equipment that will tend to your need. If you endure a job that involves a lot of time on your feet frequently or pressure on your back (Especially the NHS & key workers). Look into foot/ back massages that will help kneed the niggles that have been troubling you (Without anybody needing to touch you!). Online retailers are still delivering as normal so take advantage of the offers available.
Looking after Your Physical Health During the Social-Distancing Measures
(This does not mean stock up on Toilet roll and Paracetamol)
Take a daily walk – The Government has allowed us all to go out once a day for exercise. Take advantage of it! Fresh air is so good for the soul and will help clear your head. Along as you keep your distance from other people you can go for a walk, run, cycle, walk the dog. (Staying cooped up will reduce your energy levels and also your mental health)
Try building a Home Gym – Again the internet is at your disposal and there are so many offers and discounts on at the moment, get yourself an exercise bike, maybe a yoga mat or some little dumbbells and allocate an hour a day to working out. No matter how extensive the workout, increasing your heartbeat will release endorphins that make you feel mentally/ physically energised.
Work out for free – If you don’t want to spend money on gym equipment, there are plenty of workouts available on YouTube for you and the whole family to get involved in. From Joe Wicks to aerobic classes and Zumba, have a laugh with the family or by yourself and keep yourself moving.
- Eat healthy – It’s easier said than done with the limited supplies at the supermarket but making sure you have plenty of fruit, veg and vitamins will help you stay focused and full of energy. (People may not be seeing your beach bod this year but if you heavily indulge in rubbish food & alcohol, your mood will drop and so will your energy levels.
Top mental health tip during self-isolation – Never feel alone. Even if you are alone in your household, don’t go off the radar. Stay socially active daily with phone, Skype and WhatsApp calls to friends and family. Remember we are all in this together!