With a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, we all have more time on our hands right now. For all the folks working from home right now, it’s likely that you still have a couple of hours more at the end of each day to unwind and catch a breath. This period of staying home can be a wake-up call of sorts, since it gives you the opportunity to spend a good deal of time bonding with your family and connecting with yourself. In addition, it also offers you the chance to rejuvenate and explore some ideas for self-care. By using this time to recharge and reconnect with yourself, you could improve your emotional well-being and your mental health.
If you’re looking for ideas, here are 10 things you can do to boost your emotional well-being and indulge in some much-needed self-care.
1. Pick up a book:
Reading is one of the most mindful things you can do. And diving into a book can be particularly curative, especially if you’re a bookworm who has been caught up in the hustle of the rat race. Finding your way back into the pages of a book can be one of the best feelings in the world. And it’s even better if you go back to reread a book you loved.
2. Tune into a podcast:
A podcast may not be the first thing that you think of when you look for self-care ideas. But for some people, it can be relaxing to tune into a podcast after a long day. And, as a bonus, you also get to learn new things, which is always a fine idea to get your brain ticking and improve your mental health.
3. Reconnect with old friends:
Remember that friend from school who always came over to your place each weekend? Or that friend who was always getting into trouble? You could use this time to reconnect with people from your school, college, or an old job. Rebuilding friendships is simple enough, and when you get in touch with good friends from the past, your social network improves, ultimately boosting your mental health.
4. Movie can be therapeutic:
If you’re not a “book person,” you could always find comfort in movies. Watching a film can be highly therapeutic, mainly because for that window of time, you’re rested and focused only on the task at hand. It can be a great way to feed your emotional well-being and unwind after a hectic day of calls and assignments if you’re working from home.
5. Try something new:
Perhaps it’s for a reason that social media platforms are replete with videos of people trying something new during this stay-at-home phase. Venturing into something new, even if only for a while, can boost your self-confidence and improve your mental health. If you’ve always wanted to try something, like painting or cooking, now might be a great time to take the leap.
6. Switch up (or kick start) your fitness routine:
Physical activity is closely linked with emotional well-being. It’s also one of the finest forms of self-care. If you’ve always wanted to get into a dedicated fitness routine, what’s a better time than now? Dance it out, run a mile, or even just stretch like a cat each morning.
7. Enjoy some family-time:
Your old 9-to-9 work schedule probably left you with little time to spend with your family. Well, you could catch up on those lost opportunities now and enjoy some family time. Play a board game together, catch up on your favorite shows, or listen to each other’s favorite musical tracks in an effort to bond.
8. Take the help of music:
Listening to music is one of the best ways to regulate your mood and feel happy. The psychological benefits of music are many. It reduces stress, improves your memory, amps up your mood, and even helps you sleep better. To truly improve your emotional well-being, try listening to some music without focusing on any other task. That way, you can relax completely and indulge in the moment. Music could also take you back in time and remind your of broader times in your life that brought you joy.
9. Go on a trip down the memory lane:
If you’re staying at home, you probably have access to all your childhood photographs and your albums from the vacations you took with your family or alone. Bring out those treasure troves and spend time going through those memories. If you have family or relatives staying with you, you could engage in some comfortable banter about those good old days to lighten your mood.
10. Simply curl up and go to bed:
For some of us, the truest form of self-care is to take a good, long, nap. If this is you, go ahead and take that time off without feeling any bit of guilt. Perhaps you’ve been overworked all these years, or perhaps, you just need some sleep to help your body cope with this new normal. Sleeping enough and sleeping right are vital for keeping your mental health up.
These may seem like small things, but they can all go a long way to making your emotional well-being a priority during these tough times. Given that many people may be affected negatively by prolonged isolation or quarantine, it’s important, now more than ever, to do everything needed to keep your health intact.