2020 has been a real rollercoaster of a year, hasn’t it? When the clock chimed midnight on January 1st, did any of us think we would be battling a worldwide pandemic, where whole countries would go in and out of lockdowns for most of the year, schools and places of work would close and hundreds of thousands of people would lose their lives to a virus?
Even if you have not been directly affected by the pandemic, the chances are you have had some restrictions placed on you; not being able to meet up with your family and friends in the same way that you would normally, having to socially distance or wear a mask and not able to travel and move about as you would like to.
These restrictions and pressures caused by the pandemic mean that there are lots of people who are experiencing mental health issues, or at the very least, additional stress and worries. One of the best ways to help with this is self-care. It will not make everything go away or feel totally normal, but it can make things feel a little better.
Here are some self-care tips to get you through the start of 2021.
It sounds ironic during a pandemic, but staying healthy will go a long way. Self-care is literally about taking care of yourself and is fundamental for not only your physical but mental health as well. Make sure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet which incorporates all of the necessary food groups. On top of that, plenty of physical activity is vital to keep you fit. If you smoke, try to give it up – particularly as COVID-19 is a respiratory disease – and if you think you need help with reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, click here,
Treating yourself is a good way of promoting self-care, and can go a long way toward looking after yourself. Whether it’s saving up for the holiday of your dreams or buying a fancy coffee on the way to work, treating yourself is a fun part of the self-care process. You, like everyone else, have been through a lot this year – you matter and deserve a treat.
Make time for you
You have got to make sure that you allow time for yourself as much as you can, especially if you are juggling working from home and looking after children at the same time. Remember what it takes to do this and how much you can do to be able to find ‘you’ time. This is a big part of the self-care process and it is very important to make sure you’re focusing on it. It’s very important to do as much as you can to find the time to help yourself out and you are going to need to concentrate on this as much as you can.
Self-care is often seen as a wishy-washy term associated with bubble baths and candles. While that can be a part of it, it is so much more than that, as you can see.