Our view of ‘normal’ and the world around us has changed forever, because of the global panic around coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed by it all, be reassured that this is a very normal response. However, it’s important to go easy on yourself and to take time for self-care. Here is a list of self-care activities that you can do from home:
Stay active (indoor exercise)
Take time out for you – be mindful
Stay connected with your friends (Video chat when you can)
Make a homemade meal
Take a break from the news
Update your music playlists
Declutter/reorganise your study area or bedroom
1. Stay active
It’s well known that exercise is really good for both our physical and mental health. There are heaps of different types of exercise you can do from home, thanks to YouTube and apps.
· Group HIIT - YouTube Channel
· The Body Coach TV - YouTube Channel
· Yoga with Adriene - YouTube Channel
These are just three ideas, do whatever works for you.
2. Take time out for you
When we’re stressed about something (such as coronavirus), our thoughts tend to speed up. Taking 10 minutes or so to practise mindfulness can help produce a sense of calmness.
example, while you’re having a cup of tea, pay attention to your senses (the smell of the tea, the warmth of the cup in your hand, the taste…). Go all Zen on your tea experience.
3. Stay connected with your friends
Try to stay in touch with your mates via Teams, text, Messenger, WhatsApp, FaceTime, or a good old fashioned phone call. Ask them how they’re feeling and share your own experience if you feel safe to do so.
4. Make a homemade meal
Good nutrition is always important, but during stressful times there’s nothing better than a tasty, healthy homemade meal – especially if you made it yourself. You could ask a friend or family member for their favourite recipe, or check out Taste’s easy recipes section. https://www.taste.com.au/quick-easy
For many people it may be challenging to get some ingredients now. If you’re running low or not able to get certain things, it’s totally fine to keep it simple. You could also get creative with substitutions or Google ‘[ingredient] substitute’ for ideas.
5. Take a break from the news
Between the news and social media, we’re all feeling overwhelmed by coronavirus updates right now. It’s important to stay informed, but try to limit your media intake to a couple of times a day and use trusted news sources. If you catch yourself turning to social media because you’re feeling isolated, take a break and spend time on another activity, such as those suggested above.
6. Update your music playlists
Music can make us feel so much better. Hop on Spotify and make a playlist with your favourite songs. You could make a group playlist and ask your friends to add five of their favourite songs as well. If you want to get fancy, you could make several playlists for different moods/vibes (e.g. rainy day, feeling happy, study, Hits of COVID-19, etc.).
7. Declutter for five minutes
If you’re suddenly spending a lot more time at home, it can help to have an environment that feels good to you. Instead of getting all Marie Kondo and trying to overhaul your whole space in a day, try decluttering for five mins a day. Pick a shelf to start with or pick up five things and find a home for them.
Mr Ryan Cheers
Deputy Principal - Students