These are challenging times. Due to the global pandemic, many face significant changes—work-from-home schedules, school closures, quarantines, social distancing, lost incomes, and more. Life as we knew it has significantly changed.
And these disruptions to normal routines have created anxiety, depression, isolation, and sleep deprivation. So, our well-being—defined as “a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity”—is at stake. That’s why—maybe more than ever—it’s important to make self-care a priority. These tips can help maintain health and happiness during this unprecedented time.
Though you may be unable to go to a gym or take wellness classes as in the past, it’s still possible to get exercise and nutrition. Online programs can help boost your immune system and ensure you remain physically fit.
Spring is a great time for getting outside as much as possible—go for a walk, ride a bike, work in the garden, enjoy a hike at a forest preserve, or take care of projects that were postponed during winter.
Stimulate the Brain
Adding a challenge can boost both mental and emotional well-being. So, learn a new skill by taking a free online class, like The Science of Well-Being Course. Or enjoy virtual experiences, like national parks, museums, and scuba diving. There are many other options, too, like online games and more.
Though following distancing guidelines may seem to contradict this, social connections are still important. And that seems to be true whether you’re an introvert or extrovert.
Participate in a video chat, stop by a friend’s yard and talk from a distance, or try calling someone you haven’t seen in a while. Remember, video chats may be fun, but if you use them for meetings during workdays, they can grow tiring quickly. Find creative ways to get social!
Living with restrictions can be a challenge. Whether it’s social distancing guidelines or restricted access to activities, just the idea of being unable to do what’s been done in the past can create anxiety and depression. And emotions can be tied to the spiritual, so it’s important to consider this aspect when addressing emotional well-being.
If music helps boost your mood, look for an online concert to be livestreamed by a favorite artist. Or check out a music app to stream uplifting music.
Be proactive with your emotions because, if you lack motivation, the other aspects of your well-being can fall by the wayside as well. So, if one idea doesn’t help, move on to another until you find one that does. If your emotions are still getting the best of you, try online counseling to help you sort through them.
Focus on One
If you’re struggling with adjustments or feeling overwhelmed, focus on one area for improvement. Oftentimes, as one is tackled, momentum is gained to improve another. Besides, some aspects seem naturally linked. For example, you might decide to get more exercise, so you go for a walk and smile at strangers you see. The end result is that this not only helps you physically and socially, but it gives your emotions a boost as well.
So, focus on one aspect of well-being. Start by making a list and defining one goal for each area. Need some ideas? Try these.
- Physical—assess self-care (detox, diet, exercise, sleep); get support from a friend or group (phone calls and video chats can be helpful)
- Mental—eliminate excess baggage through journaling or meditation; take an online class; play an online game, especially if you can join with others; read a book
- Social—reconnect with others by phone or video; participate in an online church service or group
- Emotional—listen to uplifting music; watch a funny movie; plan an activity for the future