The COVID-19 crisis has challenged the health and well-being of every individual. Not only does the novel coronavirus pose a threat to physical health, but the pandemic repercussions have compromised the overall well-being of people.
Think of almost 300 million COVID-19 cases and over five million deaths reported worldwide. Consider mental health issues that have arisen, such as stress, psychological distress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse.
It’s good that people have learned to find ways to cope with the pandemic. A year after, every individual has been taking good care of themselves. Aside from boosting the immune system and getting vaccinated, many have tried to live a healthy lifestyle. As such,self-care has never been this important in the new normal.
That said, here’s how to practice self-care during this pandemic:
1. Set healthy routines in place
When it comes to self-care, you must go back to the basics. The rule of thumb is to live a healthy lifestyle. As such, there are a few routines you must set in place and strictly follow. Here are some of these:
- Eating healthy:It’s essential to have proper nutrition now more than ever. Strive to have a healthy diet and resort to properly portioning. Be wary of what foods you put on the table. Opt for whole fruits, green leafy vegetables, and lean meat. Cut down on your fat, salt, and sugar intake.
- Staying hydrated:According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), men should consume about 13 cups of fluid while women should have ten cups per day. But for proper hydration, drinking plenty of water is the key. Avoid carbonated drinks and alcohol consumption and regulate your coffee and tea intake.
- Sleeping properly:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDC) recommend adults have at least seven hours of sleep. However, it’s more than getting enough slumber at night. It’s about having quality sleep, the kind that’s restful and restorative.
- Taking a break once in a while:Aside from getting good sleep, it’s essential to take a break in your life. When juggling between managing your household and doing your job, make sure to allow some time for rest. That way, you can recover and feel rejuvenated.
- Being physically active:You will most likely promote your physical fitness by hitting the gym regularly. However, there are other practices you can pursue to become physically active. These include walking every day, playing sports, doing household chores, and more.
Constant communication and social interaction are the keys to promoting health and well-being, especially during unprecedented times. Unfortunately, many individuals struggled at the onset of the pandemic when authorities declared lockdowns in different parts of the world. The pandemic restrictions have led to home isolation, which has taken a toll on people’s well-being.
It’s good that the pandemic restrictions have somehow become lighter, and people have started to go outdoors. But thanks to modern technologies, they have allowed individuals to communicate with their loved ones and reach out to their friends and colleagues amid the pandemic. Be sure to maintain your communication and social interaction with people.
3. Keep yourself busy and preoccupied
During a crisis, it’s crucial to keep yourself busy and preoccupied with worthwhile and productive activities. These activities are some of the best ways to keep you distracted during this pandemic. However, you don’t have to keep yourself extremely busy. As mentioned above, take a break once in a while.
The best course of action is to pursue your hobbies and interests. For instance, you can have a monthly craft box for adults and pursue arts and crafts during this pandemic. While at it, consider selling these handmade products to generate some income. Below are other activities you can try:
- Cook and bake
- Write a journal
- Draw or paint
- Learn new skills
- Do household chores
- Have home improvement projects
- Perform outdoor landscaping
- Enjoy home gardening
4. Have a support system and ask for professional help
As far as self-care is concerned, we think of being responsible for ourselves and taking actions to promote our health and well-being. Know, however, that we cannot always stay on top of our physical health and mental wellness. As such, we need the help of others too.
For one, it’s vital to have a support system, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. As much as possible, constantly communicate with your loved ones or family. In addition, seek professional help if you think you’re becoming overwhelmingly stressed out, anxious, or depressed. The same is true if you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19. Be sure to get yourself tested and treated by health professionals.
Self-care is paramount in the new normal. It’s a way to promote overall health and well-being. As such, consider the self-care tips recommended above, from setting healthy routines to asking for professional help. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, self-care starts with oneself. Ultimately, take good care of yourself first so that you can take care of others!