When ensuring the ones closest to you are cared for, it’s essential to not miss out on taking care of yourself. As the COVID-19 pandemic is continuously evolving, we are sure that many of you feel overwhelmed and stressed by it all. However, you must recognise that these feelings are normal and temporary.
At Nuffield Dental, the well-being of our patients is at the core of what we do. Here is a list of 10 practical self-care activities that you can do from home to give you a sense of control during an uncertain time.
Connect with others safely
Although you may not be able to meet up with family or friends physically, this is a great time to keep in contact with your loved ones through calls, texts and videoconferencing. As humans, the connection is essential. Take this opportunity to catch up with those whom you have not been able to in a while!
With so much news coming at us, it is perfectly normal to feel distressed. It is important to stay updated, but avoid overwhelming yourself with constant updates that feed into fear and anxiety. Always choose credible sources or turn to reliable sources of information like the local government authorities.
Lock in a routine
If you find adapting to the change difficult, try building yourself a routine to make sure each day has some variety. Get up, shower, get ready, and do things at set times to give yourself a little structure and a sense of purpose. Don’t forget to take breaks and change your routine up a little! Keep a to-do-list so you can see what you have achieved.
Engage in activities that you enjoy
Direct your energy to activities, hobbies or creative outlets to replace the focus on the coronavirus. Decorating, cooking, photography - take your pick. Engaging in activities you enjoy is a great way to pass time, reduce stress and anxiety.
It is known that exercise is good for both our physical and mental health. There are heaps of creative ways in how you can exercise at home - online workouts, yoga, or even bringing your dog for a walk. But don’t forget to safely adhere to social distancing while you’re at it!
Check out online resources
Keep your brain active while you’re at home. Now’s a great time to enrol in an online educational class to pick up a fresh set of skills. There are tons of online resources available all over the place, get stuck in!
Do something nice for someone else
Unable to celebrate your loved one’s birthday this year due to social distancing? How about doing it the old fashioned way by mailing them a postcard! Nothing beats a bit of #viralkindness during this unsettling time.
Excessive use of mobile phones can be bad for one’s psychological health. Make sure to spend time away from your phone - put it on aeroplane mode while you watch a movie, or leave it in another room while you cook.
While the energy on the planet is evolving, it is fundamental to remain centred. A simple way you can do it is through taking deep breaths. This will physiologically trigger the parasympathetic nervous system to make you calm again.
Make good hygiene a habit
It has become common knowledge that keeping good hygiene is one of the best ways to mitigate the risk of being infected. Be socially responsible. Constantly wash your hands, and sanitise the devices you touch regularly.
There are many ways to upkeep your well-being and that of your loved ones during this trying time. Remember that like everything in life, this pandemic is only temporary and will pass. Take proactive measures to manage your state of mind during these times of uncertainty, and remember that help is always available.