Hi everyone, Fizza here! I hope you all are at home and staying healthy. It’s been an extremely challenging time for all of us around the world. Now more than ever, we all need to focus on taking care of ourselves both physically and mentally.
With an emphasis now being to stay home and practice physical distancing, I wanted to share how I’ve been practising self-care during this time.
Self Care Tip #1: Virtual Hangouts
I’ve been taking this time to connect with friends and family through platforms like Zoom and FaceTime, which have helped to keep our relationship strong while also allowing us to alleviate some of the loneliness that comes with being isolated at home. From dinner dates to working out, to having a paint party!
Self Care Tip #2: Switch Up Your Scenery
I try to get out once a day and walk around the lake behind my house. It has really helped to clear my thoughts, allowed me to get some fresh air and stay active. Switching up my scenery, and leaving my home has kept my energy and mood up! Always remember to keep a distance of two metres from others while physical distancing.
Please keep up to date with Canada’s Public Health information. Here is the latest on Physical distancing: Actions for reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Self Care Tip #3: Dance Parties
Disclaimer: I am by no means a dancer!
My brother and I love to have random dance parties, I’ll take a few minutes every couple hours to blast some music and dance. Before COVID-19, I used to take dance classes every Sunday, but now that I’m unable to do so, I still try to maintain a routine by taking online Bollywood dance classes. It’s been fun to dance and learn from the comfort of my room, and know that no one is watching.
Self Care Tip #4: Giving Back
I’ve been using this time to see how I can give back to my community. Now more than ever we have to come together and support those around us. There are many vulnerable populations, who need our support. I’ve been volunteering to deliver food safely to those in need, as well as acting as a Crisis Responder for distress centres. Using my strengths to help others has been very rewarding.
Self Care Tip #5: Practicing Self-Acceptance
Acknowledge how you’re feeling. During this time, many people are jumping on the opportunity to get productive and creative, though I think that’s absolutely amazing I think it is important to remember that it is okay to take a break. It is okay to do nothing and just relax for a bit. We are going through something we’ve never experienced before, and it can be incredibly challenging and exhausting. Don’t be too hard on yourselves. Taking things slowly, and one day at a time is important.
Continue to embrace yourselves, and stay healthy! #ApartButTogether
Hi, Mary-Anne here! Self-care has always been an important way for me to support my mental wellness, here’s what I’ve been doing to self-care while self-isolating
Self Care Tip #6 Journaling
I’ve been using this time to write in my journal. I like to get a cup of Earl Grey tea, sit on my couch and write. I’ve been using the TNM journal prompts on Instagram when I’m feeling stuck or am unsure of what I want to write each day. I’ve also taken some time to read old journals to see where I’ve been, reflect on where I am now and where I hope to be in the future.
Self Care Tip #7 Baths
My favourite activity to relax is to have a nice hot bath with lavender Epsom salt with candles. I like to listen to a podcast during my bath. Lately, I’ve been inspired by listening to other women and hearing their journeys as they navigate their lives.
Self Care Tip #8 Instagram Exercise Classes
This is not my favourite form of self-care but I know it’s important! I’m trying to do an exercise class every day. I’ve been trying out pilates and barre classes which I’ve really enjoyed. I’ve found a studio in Burlington that is offering free classes on Instagram called studiotechnique. I like doing their live classes because it keeps me accountable during the workout!
Self Care Tip #9 Boundaries are still important
A key part of my journey to mental wellness was creating boundaries. Self-isolation is no different. I love to be able to Facetime with family and friends frequently but sometimes I need to create boundaries in order to protect my mental health. Sometimes that looks like an afternoon or evening off entirely of social media and video calls and other days I might just need a break from a particular relationship. It’s ok, I show myself compassion by allowing myself to keep my boundaries.
I hope you enjoyed Fizza and I’s self-care strategies and are taking some time to take care of yourself and your mental health 🙂