As quarantine enters it’s 2nd month, many people are feeling down right shitty. At first we felt that staying at home was the right thing to do and we coped. We coped very well. Zoom happy hours, at home workouts, even sitting in our own driveways while socializing with the neighbors in theirs were commonplace. But as time progresses, the stress of the lockdowns are certainly weighing on everyone.
What’s important here is to recognize those feelings and to feel them. It’s ok to be pissed off, sad, scared, anxious and anything else you may be feeling right now. This pandemic is perhaps the most bizarre situations we’ll ever experience and sometimes you may not even know how to feel. No one prepared us for a situation like this. Some of you may have not only lost your jobs, but lost your sanity as well. Some of you are having more fights than usual with those stuck inside with you.
We are all on the verge of lock down burnout so it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself.
Self-care looks different to a lot of people. Some people take a nap, some people have a bubble bath, some go for a walk. There’s endless ways to self-care during lock down and here’s some of my favorite ways to take care of myself during this particularly difficult time.
Facetime with friends
In this case, it’s my husband mainly as we are currently quarantined in different countries. Although we may not have heaps to talk about (our day to day activities are pretty boring), we manage to tell jokes and discuss the future when things WILL be better. We’ve also incorporated playing virtual Scrabble with each other too. It’s a great way to feel connected to each other.
Learn a new skill
I’m taking up Spanish with a goal to practice an hour a day, at least 3 times a week. I may not come out of this quarantine as a near native speaker, but at least I’ll know a little more than I did prior to!
Have you ever truly sat down to write about your feelings? Just open a notebook and start writing? It’s perhaps one of the most therapeutic exercises in the world. I find writing these blog posts help me escape from the anxiety of the unknown with an outlet to express myself.
For some reason, with me, laziness tends to bread more laziness. And that was a huge block I had when it came to reading whilst in isolation. I would find myself bored as fuck but the idea of reading seemed like a lot of effort. However, at some point, around a month or so ago, I noticed that little bits of anxiety started to crop up and I had a ping to pick up some fiction. If you know me, you’ll know I NEVER read fiction. But I headed straight to Target and got every book they had that was marked in Reese Witherspoon’s book club.
I think I read the first book in about 2 days flat. I found the escape to help reduce the anxiety almost completely. So much so, that after I finished those books, I headed straight back to Target for more!
As much as I feel it’s oh so important to support your local restaurants right now, cooking is also a form of self-care and meditation. Try finding your favorite restaurant meal and recreating it at home. It’s a fun way to bring the household together for dinner after a boring day stuck in the house!