Self-Care and the Pandemic in 2021
After almost a full year of turmoil and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic, it can still be hard to fully accept this “new normal.” Many of us have felt severe loss throughout this time, and unfortunately, there may still be more to come. As the pandemic has affected all of us personally, it is important to practice self-care. Caring for oneself is essential for staying physically and mentally healthy. This article will explore some self-care practices you can do at home.
It can be easy to veg out on the couch instead of going to the gym in a normal year. However, exercising can help you feel better physically and mentally. Physical activity is important to mental health as exercising releases endorphins that make you feel happier. Light exercises such as simple yoga poses and leg lifts can be a good place to start. There are a number of workout videos that can be found online to get you started. You can even find online exercise classes, both live and recorded. Exercise can also boost your immune system.
During a pandemic, it can be easy to stress eat a pint of ice cream. Unfortunately, that is a short-term solution to your anxieties. Eating healthier can improve mood, energy, and overall health. Enriching your diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can go a long way to making you feel better. Eating better and losing excess weight can strengthen your immune system.
While many of us are surely over Zoom and Skype hangouts, socialization can go a long way toward self-care. Humans are social animals. During times of isolation, it can be extremely beneficial to reach out to others, even if it’s through a screen. As pandemic restrictions loosen, it can still be a good idea to schedule online time with friends and family. It is important to socially distance ourselves and stay safe.
Spending Time Outdoors
Taking the time to go out can also be a part of self-care, even if you just walk around the block. Consider visiting a local park or doing a socially distant outdoor activity with friends. Vitamin D, from the sun, is an important nutrient for improving both health and mood. Be sure to wear a mask, and wash your hands when possible.
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