Five practical ways to do self-care

It’s always important to take care of yourself.

And amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has never been a more vital time to practise self-care.

This can feel challenging with so many other priorities competing for your time, so small steps are the key. Here are five ideas for practising self-care.

Make a phone call

One of the best things you can do right now is reach out to your friends and family.

Whether it’s to talk about how things are going, or to distract yourselves from it all, keeping that regular connection can help you feel like life is a little normal. A ten-minute phone call can make a huge difference.

Remember, we’re in a time of keeping physical distance – not social distance.

Do a short workout

Doing something active every day is a great way to take a little time out. Check YouTube for short workouts or yoga sessions to get your body moving.

Stay curious

Trying and learning new things can build your confidence and give you a boost of pride in yourself.

Having said that, no one’s suggesting that right now is the time to take on a huge new challenge. Small things, though, can give you a little boost.

It might be that this pandemic is teaching you new ways to do parts of your job, or you’re learning more about yourself during this time.

As they say, you can learn something new every day!

Be mindful

Mindfulness is more than a buzzword; it can play a big role in your self-care practice.

In as little as five minutes each day, you can turn your full attention to how you’re feeling and give your brain a much-needed break.

Try using a free app to guide you through this. Some popular mindfulness apps include Smiling Mind, Calm and Headspace.

Help someone else

Helping others is guaranteed to make you (and someone else) feel good.

This can be as simple as sending a message to a friend, checking in on how they’re going. Or a random act of kindness towards someone who may be struggling. Or you could take the time to write an old-school letter to an elderly relative.

While it’s tempting to think you don’t have time for self-care during this challenging time, these small things can make a big difference.