Stuck at home? Don’t let the quarantine get to you. Learn to keep those cooped up feelings at bay! All the more if staying at home is a significant change from your previous routine, you’re likely resorting back to unhealthy habits. However, there’s a different choice you can make. The idea is to make the most of your time at home by creating a daily self-care routine rather than focusing on the things you are no longer able to do. Many routines can be considered self-care. Here are a few tips and ideas from experts.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Nothing is better for your physical and emotional well-being than a good night’s sleep. If you are having a hard time sleeping, try creating a different evening routine. Before getting some shut-eye, engage in relaxing activities like walking or yoga. Avoid eating or drinking anything with caffeine or sugar in it. Map out a sleeping space that is far from any distractions. Choose to keep your television and cell phone out of the bedroom, and make the room as dark as you can. And, fall asleep at the same time every night and get up at the same time — day in, day out. As you keep the routine going, your body will adjust. Soon enough, the results will be obvious.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Spending all your time at home may increase unhealthy snacking, whether from boredom, stress, or other causes. Self-care can come in the form of eating a healthy diet that leads to good health. Be careful about what kind of foods you choose. Stick to the ones that have a positive impact on your health. These may include green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, and blueberries. Also, keep yourself hydrated by always drinking plenty of water.
Do Something Active Every Day
Let’s face it: exercise is good for us. Nevertheless, staying active isn’t just about punishing workouts or losing weight. In your pursuit of a daily self-care routine, look for ways to keep your body active. If possible, try taking a walk or riding a bike. There are also indoor activities if you wish to stay inside. You can exercise by dancing, cleaning the house, or play active motion sensor video games! Develop the routine of staying active so that you can keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy.
Do Something Creative
One good self-care routine is taking a break from your regular tasks to enjoy creative activities. Creativity can be expressed in different ways. For others, it might be painting, drawing, or creative writing. For you, it could be crafts, sewing, or gardening. It all depends on what you choose according to your liking. Even designing future projects or rearranging furniture counts. Whichever you go for, just make sure it’s something you genuinely enjoy.
Set Realistic Goals
Don’t overextend yourself, though. It isn’t self-care when you’re being too hard on yourself. Staying at home has its toll, but it shouldn’t stop you from being productive. So, be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Go for what can be accomplished in a day. Start with easy tasks first, and move on to setting realistic goals to keep the motivation going.
More so than any other, when you are staying at home, it’s important to make good self-care practices a priority. Schedule self-care activities like you would an important business meeting, and guard that time diligently. Thereby, you can maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind.
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