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7 Self Care Tips For Your Mental Health During A Pandemic

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This post will suggest seven self-care tips that should help you through a pandemic.

For activities to do, check out my post on 13 Things To Do While Social Distancing.

For crafts to create, check out my extensive checklist of 21 Creative Crafts for Adults on Lockdown.

I know I don’t speak for myself alone when I say everyone’s routine has gone south. From daily work routines to our sleep routines to even our workout routines. These days, my body clock has surprised me so much that I realise that the stress and anxiety of the entire situation are finally getting to me. But then I wasn’t gonna allow it mess with my mental health. As much as I just want to let myself be, I really want to take control of the situation. Rather than the pandemic dictating my actions, I want to strive and make something out of it.

At the beginning of my lockdown about two weeks ago, I figured I finally have time to do everything I’ve been postponing. But then, it is two weeks in and I’m really just taking it one day at a time. While I kind of expected to have a semblance of a home routine by now, instead, I just have a list of priorities on my whiteboard.

Some days I wake up with so much motivation to work and be productive. Other days, I just want to lie in and binge watch one of my Korean dramas or finish a book in one sitting (like I did yesterday). I realised this in itself is a routine. Because to be honest, things have changed. The world as we know it is different. I’ll be doing myself a great disservice if I’m being too hard on myself. We need to protect our mental health so that we can come out of the other side in good shape.

I also figured that more than ever before, I need to take self-care seriously. If you’re in a similar situation to mine and your want to prioritise self-care during this pandemic, I’m hoping these tips will help.

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7 Self Care Tips For Your Mental Health During A Pandemic

Here are seven Self Care Tips to get you through this situation.

  • Acknowledge your feelings

One of the best things you can do for yourself this period is to acknowledge your feelings. Don’t try to pretend like your feelings about the pandemic aren’t valid. You’re allowed to be scared for yourself, your family and friends. You are also allowed to be worried about your job and the future when this is all over. You’re allowed to be worried about the healthcare system in your country particularly the doctors at the frontlines. You’re allowed to feel all these feelings. The question is, will you acknowledge them and move on? Or would you rather dwell on them daily until it is over? As you can see, the latter option isn’t the best for your mental health. So try not to dwell on the negatives.

  • Limit your social media/ news consumption.

Even for me, limiting social media or even unplugging completely is the hardest for me. Asides from trying to drive traffic to my blog and grow my Twitter account, social media helps me stay in touch. It also keeps me informed about the state of the world and the new rules surrounding the current lockdown. But all of this, to be honest, can be too much. Right now, except you work for a news publisher, it’s not healthy to keep track of the current coronavirus cases. You need to detach yourself from it to be able to cope with the situation. Already, people are mentally struggling with the lockdown. Subjecting yourself to daily news is just gonna do more harm than good. I’ve already starting limiting my news consumption and I can feel the difference in my health. You should try it too.

7 Self Care Tips For Your Mental Health During A Pandemic

  • Intentionally distract yourself

So, if you’re gonna be staying away from social media, you need to occupy that time with an activity. I recently realised that the more busy and distracted I was, the less likely I was tempted to check the news. So you need to be intentional about it. One of the ways in which I can completely distract myself is by reading a really good book. Just yesterday, I finished a book in less than 48 hours and even started the sequel. It’s been years since that has happened to me. So find an activity or write down a list of activities that can keep physically occupied and mentally distracted.

  • Manage your stress and anxiety

Yes, everyone is stressed in one capacity or the other. But we don’t exactly have a choice now than to manage it. What are the ways you de-stressed before this pandemic? Is it something you can do at home? Or can you find ways to de-stress without breaking the rules and leaving your home? For me, I watch movies and bake to de-stress. I recently hopped on DisneyPlus to enjoy my childhood shows. I also have Netflix and Viki subscriptions. This way, I have options. I also bought a book of crossword puzzles. You see how I have options? You should too.

I love all the de-stressing options in this tweet.

I also love how people are coming together to help each other.

  • Set one or two goals to achieve

It’s nice that we’re all home and we have so much free time on our hands. But the perfectionist in me would not forgive myself for not achieving a single thing throughout this lockdown. As a result, I have a really short to-do list of priorities that I need to tick off. Asides from the fact that it will keep me occupied, I will also come out of this debacle with a sense of fulfilment. Now, this particular self-care tip might not work for you and that’s fine. Life is currently hard enough. Don’t beat yourself around for not writing a book or starting a YouTube channel on lockdown. Take one day at a time and do what you can.

7 Self Care Tips For Your Mental Health During A Pandemic

  • Organise your space

Having a well-organised space has been shown to improve our mental health. I mean, you’re indoors all day, you might as well make it as habitable as possible. If you’re working from home, have a separate space for your home office. This way, you can have a sense of normalcy. Also, have a different space for relaxing and de-stressing. If you can, turn that space into your personal haven by using diffusers and scented candles. Don’t forget to use the Lavender scent as it is amazing for reducing stress and anxiety. Prioritizing your space especially during these times is one of the most important self-care tips.

  • Work on being the healthiest version of yourself

We’re in the middle of a pandemic. It’s only right to take care of your health. While I was a tad sad about the closure of KFC earlier this week (The Zinger burger is my comfort food), I realised that it was a blessing in disguise. Rather than stuffing yourself with unhealthy fast food, this is the time to pick up healthy eating habits. Yes, our sugar cravings have definitely spiked while staying at home. But there should be a balance.

Eat more fruits and vegetables that will boost your immune system. If you can, get your hands on supplements either from your grocery store ( I got two bottles of Vitamin C and another multivitamin supplement at Aldi last week) or at any Holland at Barrett near you. Workout at least three times a week. The Nike Training Club is a good place to start. Go for a run or a long walk if you can. You have all the time now so there is no excuse to pick up healthy habits. Yes, some of us are going to be baking a lot but that’s fine. Just ensure that 80% of the time, you’re eating something healthy.

In conclusion, I hope you can learn from these seven self-care tips which I’m personally implementing as well. I’m sure that together, we will be able to pull through at the end of this.

Coronavirus FAQs

  • What is Coronavirus?

It is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

  • What are the Coronavirus symptoms?
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • Is there a Coronavirus cure?

Unfortunately, there is no cure at the moment.

  • Is there a Coronavirus vaccine?

There is currently one in the works but will probably not be available to the public until 12 – 18 months.

  • How do I prevent getting infected with Coronavirus?

You should wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands as soon as you get home. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. For more information, visit nhs.uk

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(10) Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing! I’ve applied some of these but not all! I’m guilty of the social media one!

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      I know right! As bloggers, it would be hard to stay away from social media.

      1. Definitely so!

  2. Such good tips! I’ve actually been distracting myself with social media, I just haven’t been checking my Twitter “trending” tab which has helped a lot!
    -Kyra xx

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Yass! That trending tab can be tempting to look at. But I’ve decided to avoid it to protect my mental health.

      1. I’m glad, it’s not a positive topic at all! Xx

  3. I’ve been avoidng the news to calm myself and it works wonders x

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Yep! I absolutely agree!

  4. Really nice post! I’ve had to acknowledge that the things I planned on doing might not get done as some days I don’t even have the energy! Being flexible is definitely key here, otherwise you just beat yourself up about not doing them. Keep well! Xoxo

    1. ebunoluwole says:

      Absolutely. I just go with the flow and avoid putting so much pressure on myself.

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