Self Care Activities During Social Distancing
Everyone’s schedules have been turned upside-down, and all of us are working hard to adapt and find a new normal. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the changes & stress, but it’s so important that you remember to take time to take care of you!
Here are a few ideas from Katja:
- Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to in a while and have a nice long catch-up session.
- Do a crossword puzzle or Sudoku.
- Drink the most delicious hot beverage you can think of — coffee, tea, hot chocolate, warm milk with honey, some “Golden Milk” with turmeric, etc.
- Cook or bake. Not only will this engage all your senses, but you’ll be left with something incredibly delicious to eat, which is the second form of self-care. A loaf of homemade bread and/or a delicious pot of soup is my go-to for this.
- Sit outside somewhere — your patio, a park, etc. (Ideally, it would be a place where you can observe or even engage with nature. But even just getting some fresh air is good!). I recommend the Ciener Botanical garden in Kernersville or the Greensboro Arboretum.
- Watch the sun rise or set.
- Look up at the stars/moon/night sky. (Maybe identify a planet or constellation).
- Spend time with someone you like, and whose presence always leaves you feeling energized.
- Revisit a hobby you loved when you were young — drawing, playing a musical instrument, woodworking, gardening etc.
- Write a letter to a friend or loved one telling them how much they mean to you.
- Do a puzzle.
- Listen to birdsong or nature sounds.
- Check in with your body. (@onbeinginyourbody has some great tips for how to do this.) Are you hungry? Sleepy? Tired? Thirsty? Are you carrying stress or fear or grief in a certain part of your body (like your stomach or your throat)?
- Do yard work —something that’ll get your blood moving and make you feel accomplished.
- If you have access to a fireplace or outdoor fire pit/campfire space, build a fire and then hang out by it.
- Put clean sheets on your bed.
- Make a gratitude list or create your own happiness manifesto.
- Go for a walk, ride, or hike. Go to Pilot Mountain or for a bike ride around Salem Lake. Here are some other suggestions.
- Light some candles or use an aromatherapy diffuser.
- Clean out your wallet, bag, or desk to give yourself that nice fresh start feeling.
- Do a big purge of a closet, your garage, your linen closet/bathroom cabinets. Ahhhhh.
- Clean or tidy your bedroom or living room, and then plop down in your clean space to do something you enjoy or to just…be.
- Watch a movie TV show, or comedy set that always makes you laugh hysterically. Earth is my fave, but several Ken Burns docs — The Roosevelts, Prohibition, and The National Parks — are incredibly mellow and good without being depressing.)
- Re-read your favorite book.
- Put on your perfect album or playlist and just SING.
- Get very cozy — cozy socks, soft pants and top, a robe, a great blanket — and then settle in to do one of the other things on this list.
- Take a nap. If you have not tried a weighted blanket yet, I have heard some rave reviews that it really calms a chattering mind down. Here are a couple of suggestions!
Stay safe & stay healthy!