Feel better physically, mentally, and spiritually with these self-care activities for quarantine.
The world around us has changed over the last year, and it’s natural to feel stressed and uneasy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts, it’s more important than ever to prioritize self-care. Mental health is just as important as physical care, and just a few minutes of self-love each day can relieve anxiety and help you feel better.
Here are 4 self-care activities to treat yourself with kindness during quarantine.
Paint your nails
Painting your nails isn’t just a fun way to treat yourself, but a legitimate coping mechanism and form of stress relief. Studies have shown that this activity is a brief, but effective escape from negative thoughts. The repetitive motion of the paint strokes, and level of concentration that this activity requires, gives you a more positive mindset and helps you feel special while you’re stuck at home. There’s a sense of satisfaction that comes with a freshly painted set of nails, and it’s always nice to see a beautiful color when you’re washing your hands (for 20 seconds!) repeatedly every day.
“Rise and shine!” It’s not just an annoying thing your mom says to you, or a “song” by Kylie Jenner that almost broke the Internet. It’s a quote of empowerment to wake up and make every day count, even when you’re stuck in quarantine. How to do this? Try stretching. Every morning when you wake up, spend a few minutes stretching your arms, legs, and back to relieve tight muscles and uncomfortable tension in your joints. Repeat again before bed for even better results.
Stretching only takes a few minutes out of your day, but the benefits are endless. You’ll feel less stressed, reduce aches and pains, improve your posture, and simply have a reason to get off the couch. Now that is what self-care activities are all about.
Stream a series
You don’t need to always be productive during quarantine. In fact, you can even take this time to give yourself a break from the 9-5 life and enjoy the little things. Such as like the fact that you have a couch, snacks, and a streaming account. Try binge-watching Tiger King or your favorite show in two days. It’s always nice to treat yourself to an episode or two at the end of the day.
Facetime a friend
Practicing social-distancing doesn’t mean you need to be lonely. We live in the era of Facetime, TikTok and Instagram Live… and it’s incredibly easy (maybe too easy) to virtually communicate with your mom or best friend. Or like 10 of your friends at the same time.
This is one of the most important self-care activities, as a little social interaction can go a long way in helping you deal with emotions and feel human connection.