Being honest it’s a very scary and stressful time for a lot of people. Especially those having to be quarantined. It can become very difficult to find the positives when you are lonely.
Now, more than ever we need to look out for and support one another while confined. Text, facetime, email, call, tweet, anything that connects you with other people. Remember to be kind to others and yourself.
Keep in mind that not everyone enjoys being reclusive.
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Self care tips while being quarantined
Have to keep your distance from others can be a major drag. You still want to feel connected while not being able to physically connect. Take this time to focus on yourself. This includes your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing while quarantined.
Like I mentioned above, take advantage of technology. Being restricted to staying home is not ideal for some. Text people, facetime, Skype, call, tweet, email. Anything so that you are able to communicate with others. This will help alleviate your fears and theres as well.
There are plenty of apps available where you can facetime people, like Zoom for example.
Do something you enjoy
Read a “>book or watch some of your favorite tv shows. Revisit your childhood and watch old favorites. (I personally love The Emperors New Groove, Beauty and the Beast, and Mulan). Pick up your knitting or crocheting, or just sit and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
Try a new recipe, there are loads of interesting recipe ideas on Pinterest. Make a digital scrapbook, Collect all your favorite digital photos and organize them how you like. There are apps and websites where you can create pictures on your cell phone or computer. Write or blog, if you have always wanted to start a blog why not now?
You can start a free blog on wordpress or other sites according to the Country you live in. Being creative really helps to soothe and clear the mind the mind.
Grounding uses your senses to help center and calm you. Sight, taste, touch, hear, smell. It works well for anxiety, stress and even anger.
- 5 things you can see (look around you, what can you see?)
- 4 things you can feel (Depending on location this could be snow, grass, pavement, your cat, a fuzzy blanket, your tub ect.)
- 3 things you can hear (Maybe it’s your breathing, the kids playing next door, birds outside or the bathroom sink dripping)
- 2 things you can smell (Perhaps it’s water from the faucet, your perfume, or wet dog)
- 1 thing you can taste. (Maybe you are crunching on ice chips, eating a piece of ripe fruit, or tasting a decedent chocolate cake)
Use Spotify and make a playlist of favorite songs new and old.
Spotify is great for listening to music, plus it’s free. It has loads of songs in basically every genre, and from different decades. You can create your own playlists as well and fill them with all of your favorite music.
Related post- For suggestions on books to read check out my book blog.
Let’s keep going
There is still more selfcare ideas while being quarantined.
Use hand lotion
I know it’s probably drilled into your head by now to wash your hands all the time. All that hand washing and alcohol based sanitizer can really do a number on your skin. Don’t forget to moisturize your hands. You don’t want them to get cracked and bleed, that could lead to other problems.
“>Dermalogica has some nice moisturizers as well as The Body Shop.
You may not be able to go to the gym or for a run but that doesn’t mean you have to just sit around. There are loads of excercises that don’t require equipment and you can do at home. Yoga, sit ups, pushups, burpees (I loath them), jumping jacks. Get creative and use items around your house as weights.
Work on finding your center, relaxing your mind and focusing on the moment you are in. Not things that could or have happened. Be present, right here, right now.
If you’re not great with meditation (like me, I’m pretty bad) you can find a plethora of guided meditation videos on YouTube that will help walk you through it.
Jess uses videos off YouTube for guided meditation so she will know more than I do.
Just because you are self quarantined it doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Sort your emails, organize your closet, match all the random Tupperware you have in the drawer, (We all have a random plastic container space with mismatched lids, don’t lie and tell me you don’t).
Go through your cell phone and delete old pictures, contacts and files you no longer need. Do a “social media cleanse” and delete accounts that are inactive or no longer serve a purpose in your life. Be ruthless with this one!
Spend time with your pet
Pet therapy is a real thing. Petting an animal helps create a calming effect. Plus not only is it enjoyable for you, but your pet(s) love it too! Chin scratches, butt scratches, playing catch or fish (as the picture below shows my cat chewing on her fish Franklin).
Or perhaps just cuddling on the couch while you watch a movie and your fur baby watches you, or sleeps. Haha. Either way, their happy 😉
Remember you are not alone. There are a lot of people being quarantined right now. We are all alone together. Oxymoron I know, but it’s true.
Now is the time we should be supporting each other. We can get through this together.
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We’re in this together my friends,