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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:


  1. Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to in a while and have a nice long catch-up session.
  2. Do a crossword puzzle or Sudoku.
  3. Drink the most delicious hot beverage you can think of — coffee, tea, hot chocolate, warm milk with honey, some “Golden Milk” with turmeric, etc.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Watch the sun rise or set.
  7. Look up at the stars/moon/night sky. (Maybe identify a planet or constellation).
  8. Spend time with someone you like, and whose presence always leaves you feeling energized.
  9. Revisit a hobby you loved when you were young — drawing, playing a musical instrument, woodworking, gardening etc.
  10. Write a letter to a friend or loved one telling them how much they mean to you.
  11. Do a puzzle.
  12. Listen to birdsong or nature sounds.
  13. 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)?
  14. Do yard work —something that’ll get your blood moving and make you feel accomplished.
  15. If you have access to a fireplace or outdoor fire pit/campfire space, build a fire and then hang out by it.
  16. Put clean sheets on your bed.
  17. Make a gratitude list or create your own happiness manifesto.
  18. Go for a walk, ride, or hike. Go to Pilot Mountain or for a bike ride around Salem Lake. Here are some other suggestions. 
  19. Light some candles or use an aromatherapy diffuser.
  20. Clean out your wallet, bag, or desk to give yourself that nice fresh start feeling.
  21. Do a big purge of a closet, your garage, your linen closet/bathroom cabinets. Ahhhhh.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.)
  24. Re-read your favorite book.
  25. Put on your perfect album or playlist and just SING.
  26. 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.
  27. 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!

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