3 ways to participate in Self-Care during a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and our social lives. This new reality has created unique sets of challenges for all us. If you are currently studying in the English Language Institute, you are studying courses with us online. Although many businesses have opened up throughout the New York State, there are some who might not be comfortable going to eat out at a restaurant or if you are like me, heading to the nail salon for a manicure and pedicure. Now more than ever, practicing self-care is essential when it comes to taking care of our emotional health and well-being.
Below are just three ways on how you can participate in self-care:
#1 Learn Something New
Being at home now is the perfect time to learn a new skill, whether it’s painting, gardening or cooking up a new dish. You can focus your energy on perfecting a new skill while decreasing your stress within the moment.
If you decide to cook a new recipe, share it on social media so your family and friends can see. Let them know what you have been up to and possibly receive new recipes from them for you to try out. When you learn a new skill, you might find one that you really enjoy.
#2 Do Some of Your Favorite Things for One Day
Only you know what makes you happy and relaxed. If it means binging a Netflix show or eat some junk food, then by all means do what makes you feel happy.
The term “Self-Care Sunday” emerged to dedicate a day in which you can take care of yourself without feeling guilty. It’s important to take some to yourself, to slow down and do whatever it is you like. Dedicating Sunday for you to participate in self-care, can help you recharge for the upcoming week and it is always something great to look forward to every week. Here are some great ideas on what to do for your next “Self-Care Sunday”.
#3 Find Ways to Connect Socially
Self-care does not always need to be by yourself. Part of your self-care routine can include catching up with your friends and family on what has been happening during your week.
We all have social media nowadays and the social interactions have been reduced to the people we currently live with. However, you can still chat with family and friends who you may not live with through Social Media and Video Call platforms.
Schedule a call or reach out to your family and friends who you have not spoken to in while. Check in on how they are doing, chat about the Netflix shows you are currently binging or the amazing online shopping you have recently done. Schedule a family game night through ZOOM where you can play games virtually. Here are some great games to play virtually with your family here.
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Self-care is not selfish. When you participate in self-care acts, you are dedicating time to releasing anxiety and stress. It is important to focus on what makes us feel content and relaxed, so we can tackle the next day ahead with confidence and strength. Let’s face it, we are all adjusting to this new normal and anything that can make us feel happy and bring us joy, we should take advantage fully. We are all in this together! Give and do what you can do for others, but remember to take care of yourself, you deserve it!
- self-care (n.): the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.
- pandemic (n.): an outbreak of a disease over a whole country or the world
- essential (adj.): absolutely necessary; extremely important
- binging (v.): indulge in an activity
- junk food (pl n. ): food that has low nutritional value, not good for the body
- Self-Care Sunday (pl.n): the term of practicing activities that promote care to one’s body on a Sunday.
- nowadays (pl.v): at the present time, in contrast with the past.
- selfish (adj): lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.
WRITTEN BY REBECA CHECO