It can be easy to neglect yourself as we navigate the global pandemic that’s been changing our lives for the past year. Whether you are out of work, working more hours, adjusting to new schedules, or trying to stay as healthy as possible, it can be a lot to handle.
Healthcare professionals advocate the importance of caring for yourself during the pandemic, as it can do wonders for your mental and physical health.
Dr. Laura Maphis, a psychologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania said, “No matter which situation you find yourself in, remember that taking care of yourself mentally and emotionally plays a big part in your overall health.”
By not properly caring for yourself during such a pivotal time, you’re more likely to experience feelings of anger, stress, or depression.
This article by Elizabeth Scott gives some great information on self-care and how important it is to stress management.
There are various ways that you can practice self-care during COVID-19. Healthcare providers suggest doing the following to feel your best:
- Daily exercise
- Eating healthy food, supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables
- Making a routine for yourself and your family
- Making time to practice a hobby
- Reaching out to your loved ones via phone or video chats
- Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- Taking time to relax and enjoy your own company
Although it can be challenging to practice self-care, it’s imperative to incorporate it into your daily routine so you can operate at your most optimum level.