The COVID-19 pandemic is still forcing many people to quarantine or spend most of their time at home. It’s easy to become stressed when you’re working from home, caring for kids, handling household chores, and wondering when all of this will be over. According to the American Psychological Association, ongoing stress can make your immune system less effective, increasing your vulnerability to COVID-19. Fortunately, you can relax and reduce your stress by using these self-care tips during this difficult time.
Minimize Your News and Social Media Consumption
Staying informed about the pandemic and other news is a good idea, but you should resist the urge to leave the TV on or constantly keep checking for updates. When you wake up or go to bed, take a few minutes to look at the latest headlines, and check social media. During the rest of your day, focus on other activities, and relax as much as possible. To avoid distractions, turn off social media notifications on your phone and computer.
Go Outdoors and Get Some Exercise
Exercise can reduce stress, improve your immune system, and help you stay healthy. It will also help you avoid boredom and weight gain during the quarantine. Many gyms are closed or operating with reduced capacities, but you can still take an online workout class or explore a nearby park. You can also walk, jog, or bike around your neighborhood. Just remember to avoid crowds and practice social distancing. Along with physical activity, spending time outside in natural light will improve your mood. Going outdoors can also make you feel a little less claustrophobic in quarantine.
If you have kids, encourage them to exercise as well. Helping them get rid of some excess energy will make them calmer and better-behaved for the rest of the day.
Take Care of Your Skin
Caring for your skin is essential for your health and your appearance. Even if no one else sees you, making yourself look better will help you feel better. With the right serum, you can address stress wrinkles and keep your skin looking beautiful. Find the best face serum for your skin type and re-hydrate your face for a healthy glow.
Exfoliating can prevent acne and dull skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Using a face mask is also an ideal way to pamper yourself and relax. You can even enjoy a bubble bath with candles and soft music.
Get Plenty of Rest
Getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night is essential for your physical and mental health. Losing sleep can make you feel tired, anxious, and depressed, and dealing with quarantine makes sleeping more difficult for many people. To make getting to sleep easier, you should use your bed only for sleeping and avoid daytime activities like watching movies or using your phone nearby.
Before you get into bed, do something relaxing, such as taking a shower or reading a chapter of a good book. When possible, go to bed at about the same time on weekdays and weekends. If you can’t get much sleep at night, take a nap during the day. You should also avoid caffeine at least a few hours before bed. If noises interrupt your sleep, consider getting a white noise machine.
Caring for yourself in quarantine with these easy tips will give you the physical and mental energy you need to work and care for your family. It can help you manage stress and stay healthy during this crisis.