Self care is so important, but during the crisis that we are all currently in, it is even more important to make sure that you practice self care. Our anxiety, stress and worry are all most like high and this is understandable but spending time looking after yourself can reduce this. Self care has been defined as “any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety”. Finding the time to practice self care can be hard, especially if it is new to you so in this blog post I am going to suggest easy ways that you can practice self care.
Enjoy Hot Drinks
There is nothing better than a good cup of tea when you are feeling low, when it is first thing in the morning and when you are cosy in bed. Studies show that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease and diabetes and some encourage weight loss and lower cholesterol. It is worth doing your own research because there are so many different types of tea and they are all good for different things. For example, Green tea contains lots of antioxidants that prevents clogging of the arteries, helps to burn fat, improves cholesterol levels and more. Whilst Chamomile tea helps to prevent complications from diabetes and stunts the growth of cancer cells. If you fancy a sweet treat then you could even treat yourself to a hot chocolate with whipped cream.
Eat fruit and drink water
A very easy from of self care is to make sure we are all drinking enough water and eating enough fruit. We need to drink enough water to stay hydrated, to balance our blood sugar levels and to help our skin. If you don’t drink water every day, your body could experience dehydration which could cause tiredness, slow brain function, irritability, dryness, and high temperature. Fruits are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals and are overall great for us as they are also high in fibre.
Talk to your family and friends
It is heartbreaking that for the time being we cannot see our family, partners or friends. It is important that we keep in touch with them for their benefit and ours. Pick up the phone and give them a ring and talk to them, ask them about what they’re doing, make plans for when all his comes to an end, laugh and joke around with them. If you are able to skype or facetime them then do that too! You could even watch a film/ tv programme together. There are plenty of video call apps and programme available too!
Read a book
Finding the calm in the storm is difficult. Finding a way to relax when everything is chaotic is also difficult. A great way to relax the body and mind whilst also enjoying yourself is to read a book. Reading is also great for cognitive mental stimulation, brain exercising, lowering your stress levels, helping with depression, improve your memory, enhances your imagination, boosts your sleep and more. There are lots od different kinds of books you can read too such as fiction, non-fiction, biographies, poems, comics, manga, self help, childrens and more. We have a couple of posts on our blogs about reading that you should read:
Spend less time on social media
Almost everybody is talking about coronavirus on social media and this can get overwhelming for some. If you do get overwhelmed and stressed easily then it is important that you take some time off social media. There are many benefits of spending less time on social media in general such as being able to better yourself by spending less time focusing about others and being able to boost your productivity more. By spending less time on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, you can use this time to practice other forms of self care such as yoga, reading and exercise.
Other ways you can practice self care is by pampering yourself, making sure to take your medication, taking a walk, playing with your dog, listening to music and meditating. I hope you all found this blog helpful! Thank you for reading and take care!