As of the original publication of this post, I have been physically distancing for 40 days. Most of us have been doing it for at least a month.
When nearly 100% of your time is spent cooped up in your home, it’s easy to let routines fall away, to let anxiety take over, and to distract yourself from the uncertainty with anything that feels good. While it’s okay to relax our routines, and to feel our negative emotions every so often, and to distract ourselves, it’s important to pair it with other forms of self-care too.
Self-care during physical distancing is likely going to look a whole lot different than it did before the pandemic. And that’s okay. Our routines and habits change with the seasons of our life and right now we’re in a new season.
For me, (a jobless extrovert with no kids) self-care during physical distancing looks like:
- Doing an at-home workout first thing most weekdays
- Going through my morning routine of brushing my teeth, washing my face, and getting dressed
- Eating at meal times and avoiding mindless snacking
- Working on the blog and writing during the day and stopping at night time
- Doing fun activities with my fiance (board games and shared tv shows)
- Going to bed at a decent hour
- Video chatting several days of the week
- Putting social (from a distance) activities into my calendar
- Going on daily walks
- Making holidays and celebrations special
But my self-care during physical distancing also includes these things:
- Letting myself cry on the days I need to cry
- Stuffing my face with the unhealthy stuff once in a while
- Having lazy days (especially on weekends)
- Not forcing myself to be productive all the time or forcing myself to learn a new skill
- Letting the apartment maintain its messy state
- Binge-watchinging Netflix
- Being gentle,flexible, and non-judgmental with myself
- Is Relaxation Self-Care or Laziness?
- How My Burnout Led to Self-Care
- Thoughts on the Pandemic and Social Distancing
- Feel Good Posts for Surviving Self-Isolation
Self-care is meant to make you feel good.
So if working out isn’t making you feel better these days and trying to do it at home just reminds you of how sad you are to not be able to go to the gym, don’t do it. Try again later if you want.
If you need to cut loose and eat the entire batch of cookies you baked in one sitting, go for it. We’re coping to the best of our abilities these days. Tomorrow’s a new day.
And if you don’t know what self-care you need these days, ask yourself if your body, your brain, or your soul are unhappy. Self-care includes physical health, mental health, and fuelling your soul.
I’ve started doing some morning journaling questions recently and I find it helps to check in with myself. Maybe you want to check in with yourself too? Sign up for this free resource.
What does self-care look like for you these days? Are you gentle with yourself? Do you thrive on routine and discipline?
Your self-care routine will grow and change throughout this season of physical distancing. Listen to yourself and your needs.
Enjoy the journey.