Remember: creativity is not a passive process. If you've lost your spark, there are ways to reignite it. Start with these six practical tips.
In these times brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, the streets are quieter, and while most businesses may be operating from home, we highly recommend using the weekends to do something special for yourself. It’s an important aspect of being quarantined: self-care.
Self-care will help calm the nerves for those of us feeling anxious. Implementing self-care will uplift your spirits and if you’ve never done it before, maybe it’s something you can continue doing when we come out on the other side.
1/ Take a break from the news
Consuming social media and watching the news for a certain amount of time is okay, but make sure the sources are trustworthy. There is fake news flooding the internet. If that WhatsApp group starts becoming too much, you’re more than welcome to leave social connections that stir anxiety. The minute you start to feel overwhelmed or anxious, stop watching and give yourself some time to calm down.
2/ Self-care is also about nourishing your body
Feed your body and mind with positive things. Read books, sleep more, cook for yourself and your family. While our social situations all look different, it’s important to find solitude during this time. There are many local home delivery food services that are attending to all our needs during this time, such as We Are Food for delicious ready-made frozen meals, Granadilla Veggie Box for fresh fruit and vegetables, Raw Nutrition for fresh produce, Caught Online for fresh seafood and Wild Organics for organic food to name a few.
3/ Put on relaxing music or podcasts
Get comfortable with pillows and cushions to set the tone. Listen to a podcast or that playlist you’ve been meaning to listen to, but never had the time. There are also free relaxation apps such as Calm, Headspace, Stop, Breathe and Think. These apps are great for meditation and mindfulness breathing.
4/ Create a home spa
Take one day over the weekend to pamper yourself. Yes, we are still using water sparingly, but fill your bathtub, play some sweet melodies, light some scented candles and create a home spa for yourself. Use body butter, coconut oil balms and scented oils for aromatherapy.
5/ Stay hydrated
Create your own infused water or tea. Mix fruits such as lemons, berries or oranges in your water. Drink herbal, buchu and rooibos teas – they contain antioxidants and help boost immunity.
6/ Give your hair a wash
For Women’s Health deputy Editor Wanita Nicol, washing and blow-drying her hair makes her feel good. “I’m not big on make-up and dressing up (in general, never mind during lockdown), but I don’t like feeling crusty,” she says.
7/ Get moving
Exercise, yoga, dynamic stretches – a bit of movement every day is better than no movement at all. Ensure the blood inside your body is circulating well. A few rounds of Sun Salutations is the perfect warm-up for any exercise.
9/ Mani and pedi at home
Paint your nails! It can be quite meditative to spend 10 minutes trimming and painting your nails.
10/ Keep your favourite room in the house tidy
Declutter and keep your space tidy. Get rid of the old clothes in your cupboard and create a new feeling by letting go of what you no longer need. Deputy Editor Wanita Nicol says keeping her space tidy and clean makes her feel more at peace and less anxious.
11/ Get artsy
If you love arts and crafts, then paint, sketch, create a vision board, write poetry, start that blog, use your body for dancing, play that guitar you haven’t played in a while, journal, take photographs and get creative.
12/ Exercise boundaries
Protect your mind by exercising boundaries for yourself and for others. Everyone is at home and while there’s a great need for us to keep in touch by video calling and phone calls, be intentional about the calls you choose to respond to. If your aunt is a COVID-19 encyclopaedia and she knows every single update (true or false), you may find your anxiety heightened if you choose to answer her call. Just sayin’.
What are some of the self-care tips you’ve been using during this time?
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthsa.co.za