Keeping cooped up feelings at bay is something that is not easy to do, especially when you’ve been stuck at home not doing much. Especially if staying at home is a significant change from your previous routine, it’s not surprising if you’ve found yourself resorting to unhealthy habits. However, there’s a different choice you can make. Don’t focus too much on the things you are no longer able to do. Instead, make the most of your time at home by creating a daily self-care routine. Self-care can take on different forms. Here are a few tips and ideas to consider, from the experts themselves.
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 you hit the sack, engage in relaxing activities like walking or yoga. Avoid eating or drinking anything with caffeine or sugar in it. Build a sleeping space that is tucked away from distractions. Relocate 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 with every routine, results will follow suit, as your body continues to adjust.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Unhealthy snacking, whether from boredom, stress, or other causes, are often results of too much time spent at home. Nothing spells self-care better than good health, which is dependent on a healthy diet. Resolve to choose foods that keep you in good shape – like the ones that have a positive impact on your health. A few of these are green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, and blueberries. Finally, drink plenty of water.
Do Something Active Every Day
Has someone ever told you that exercise is good for you? That’s because it is. But, it isn’t just about punishing workouts or losing weight — staying active can come in different forms and methods. In your pursuit of a daily self-care routine, look for ways to keep your body active. Something you can consider is taking a walk or riding a bike. Dance to some music, clean the house or play active video games like the ones that make use of a motion sensor. These are a few ways you can stay active while staying inside. Do things that bring joy to your stay-at-home-moments. This way, you keep your physical and emotional health active and well.
Do Something Creative
Engaging in creative activities can be very rewarding in a great self-care routine, especially when done as a break from the more routine tasks of life. Allow your creativity to shine through in ways your know-how. A few ways to express creativity include painting, drawing, or creative writing. You might even prefer crafts, sewing, or gardening. There are no rules. You get to choose what seems enjoyable to you. Even designing future projects or rearranging furniture counts. Whichever you go for, just make sure it’s something you genuinely enjoy.
Set Realistic Goals
Take small steps towards a realistic goal, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Especially if you’re a highly productive person, staying at home will restrict you from doing what you want. So, the key is being realistic. Accomplish what you can within a given day, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Handle the easy tasks first, and then set realistic goals from then on, so that you keep yourself motivated.
Above all, when you are staying at home, it’s important to make good self-care practices a priority. Schedule self-care activities as you would an important business meeting, and guard that time closely. As a result, you can secure a healthy body and a healthy mind.
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