It’s no surprise that the coronavirus pandemic has everyone feeling stressed and anxious. Between the economic uncertainty and the inability to lean on those we love due to aggressive social distancing, it’s easy for your emotional well-being to take a hit. But even though we may be stuck at home, there are still ways to practice self care that can help relieve some of the anxiety and stress we’re all feeling. Below, the team at SIRM Dallas’ fertility center has seven ways you can still practice self care while keeping yourself and your community safe.
Get Your Sweat On
With gyms closed, you may need to get creative and workout at home to get in the movement your body needs. Whether that means creating your own yoga flows or strength routines, heading out for a run, or following along to some workout videos, getting some exercise in when you’re stuck at home can help relieve stress and boredom. For some exercises you can do from your living room, check out the workout videos on YouTube or Women’s Health Magazine’s daily livestreamed workouts on Instagram.
Work Through Your Reading List
It’s difficult for many people to find the team to relax with a book. But with being stuck at home, now is the perfect time to get through your reading list and let your mind escape. Don’t have anything good to read at the moment? Your local library has hundreds of eBooks you can borrow for free to read on your tablet or laptop!
If you’re experiencing anxiety, stress, and uncertainty due to what’s going on in the world at the moment, it’s important to find ways you can relax. Take some time to pamper yourself with an at home spa day. Take a long soak in the tub with some bath bombs, give yourself a mani-pedi, light some soothing candles, and listen some relaxing music. Take the time to pamper yourself and unwind.
One of the best ways to take care of yourself right now is to make sure you’re getting enough quality sleep. We know that stress and anxiety can make it difficult to fall and stay asleep, but try taking time to unwind about an hour before bed. If you’re working from home, take advantage of not having to commute to sleep in a little more and get your nightly 8 hours of sleep. You’ll feel better and it can have a positive impact on your immune system!
Hone Your Cooking Skills
You may not be able to go out for a fancy meal, but there’s no reason you can’t make one yourself! Added bonus? Home cooked meals are often healthier than their restaurant counterparts. Look up some delicious recipes that you want to try and get cooking. Missing some ingredients? Use this opportunity to get a little creative with some swaps – you may be pleasantly surprised with the result!
A clean and organized home can vastly improve your mental health, so take some time right now to start clearing out the things in your home that you don’t need and getting your closet organized. It’s a great way to use up some of that extra free time and nothing beats a sense of accomplishment.
Journaling is a great way to sort through your feelings of stress and anxiety, especially during times like these. Take some time each day to write down how you’re feeling and what is going on in your life – putting it down on paper can help lift some of the weight off your shoulders.
We know that this is a stressful time, but remember: the team at SIRM Dallas is here for you every step of the way! If you have any questions or would like to schedule a telemedicine appointment, please contact us at 972-566-6686 today. For all the latest COVID-19 information from SIRM Dallas, please visit us here.