9 Ways to Practice Self Care During Social Distancing
With the coronavirus pandemic going on here and abroad, it is more important than ever that we practice social distancing. But the stress and uncertainty caused by the pandemic takes an even greater toll on our emotional well-being since we can’t necessarily lean on those we love due to aggressive social distancing. Even though we may be stuck at home, there are still ways to practice self care that can help relieve some of the anxiety and stress we’re all feeling. Below, the team at IVF Florida has nine ways you can still practice self care while keeping yourself and your community safe.
- Try Out Some At Home Workouts
Bust out that yoga mat and dust off those dumbbells – it may be time to take your at home workouts up a notch. With gyms closed, you may need to get creative and workout at home to get in the movement you crave. Whether that means creating your own yoga flows or strength circuits, or following along to some free workout videos, getting some exercise in when you’re stuck at home can help relieve some stress and boredom.
- Work On Your Reading List
You remember that book you were gifted for Christmas but never had time to read? Well, now is that time! Take some time to read a good book at home and let your mind escape. Don’t have anything good to read at the moment? The local library has hundreds of eBooks you can borrow for free to read on your kindle or laptop!
- Give Yourself A Spa Day
You’re likely experiencing anxiety, stress, and uncertainty due to what’s going on in the world at the moment, so it’s important to find ways you can relax. Unwind with an at home spa day, complete with a long soak in the tub, a mani-pedi, soothing candles, and some relaxing music. Take the time to pamper yourself a little!
- Indulge In Your Hobby
Have some extra time on your hands? Try putting it towards working on your hobby! Whether it’s drawing, painting, knitting, or baking, the extra time at home means you can complete the projects you’ve been putting off.
- Sleep In
One of the best ways to take care of yourself right now is to make sure you’re getting enough quality sleep. If you’re working from home, take advantage of the shorter commute (ie: the 2 minutes it takes to get to your couch) to sleep in a little more and get your nightly 8 hours of sleep. You’ll feel better and it can have a positive impact on your immune system!
- Cook Yourself A Delicious Meal
You may not be able to go out for a fancy meal, but there’s no reason you can’t make one yourself! Added bonus? Home cooked meals are often healthier than their restaurant counterparts. Look up some delicious recipes (you can even find recipe dupes for some of your restaurant favorites) that are time intensive and get cooking in the kitchen. Missing some ingredients? Use this opportunity to get a little creative with some swaps – you may be pleasantly surprised with the result!
- Marie Kondo Your House
A clean and organized home can do amazing things for your mental health, so take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and start clearing out the things in your home that don’t “spark joy.” It’s a great way to use up some of that extra free time and nothing beats a sense of accomplishment.
- Start Journaling
Journaling is a great way to sort through your feelings of stress and anxiety, especially during times like these. Take some time each day to write down how you’re feeling and what is going on in your life – putting it down on paper can help lift some of the weight off your shoulders.
- Take a Virtual Vacation
Travel may be out of the question for a while, but you can still visit museums around the world from your laptop. This article form Southern Living has a list of 12 amazing museums from around the world that have free virtual tours you can take from the comfort of your own home. It may help scratch that travel itch until things turn around.
We know that this is a stressful time, but remember: the team at IVF Florida is here for you every step of the way! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 954-247-6200 today. For all the latest COVID-19 information from IVF Florida, please visit us here.