Self Care Tips for Women

5 Things You Can Do at Home During COVID-19 (and Beyond)

Self-care isn’t about Instagramming your glass of wine or your bubble bath. It’s about taking time to reflect on yourself, your goals, and the things you need to do to maintain a mentally healthy, stress-free life worth enjoying. 

Taking care of yourself should be a daily practice, but most women agree it’s rarely easy. Start small with these five self-care tips that you can do even under quarantine:

1. Schedule Some Alone Time

Whether you’re a mom who is now homeschooling her kids or a young, busy professional engaging in Zoom meetings every day, you’ll appreciate the simplicity and beauty of reconnecting with yourself each day. Find some quiet time where you don’t have to answer to the demands of others, even if it’s just five minutes at a time. Take these moments to reflect on your goals and well-being, and what you need to do to keep moving forward.

2. Exercise

Though the gym or a hike through a state park is likely out of the question, you should still make time to maintain your body. Exercise (or any type of movement, really) can do wonders for your physical, mental, and emotional health. It gets endorphins flowing to help fight depression and can even help curb cravings. Enjoy a mini dance party in your kitchen, yoga on your back porch, or even some gentle weight lifting at your desk during your next conference call.

3. Make a Daily Gratitude List

Even during times of crisis, there’s always something to be thankful for. But many of us tend to lose sight of what’s really important when there’s chaos surrounding us. No matter how bad things become, take a few moments to write down a few things that made you smile that day. The jokes your kids tell, the love note your spouse left for you before going to work, or the delicious meal you prepared for lunch can help you shift your perspective and enjoy the little things that make life worth living.

4. Plan Your Meals

It’s not always easy to eat well, especially if you’re limited on options and don’t want to (or can’t) venture to your nearest supermarket to restock. A little planning can go a long way and help you take the guesswork out of eating healthy every day. This way, you’re not tempted to reach for the quickest or closest thing when you’re hungry. Plus, you can make better use of the ingredients you purchase when you have a plan to use them before they can go bad.

5. Treat Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with a little tangible incentive, especially since shopping has been scientifically proven to boost your brainpower (specifically dopamine). Coronavirus has turned our lives on their heads, and everyone is making sacrifices, so don’t be afraid to reward yourself — you deserve it. 

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