Self-Care Versus Lockdown

Self-Care Versus Lockdown

August 16, 2021

Let’s get real for a minute. Lockdown has not been the best of things to happen in the last year, and it seems as if staying in doors is the new way of living. It’s a dream come true for some people, (like me) that love to be in doors curled up with a good book. But for most people, especially parents with little kids, this is probably such a stressful time in their lives.

Emotionally and mentally I think lockdown has really taken its toll on people. Add on to that the stress from losing loved ones and for some. With all that is going on around us, it becomes so easy to forget that we still need to take care of ourselves.It’s become so easy to skip breakfast, forget that workout routine that we had built up and even just not care about cleaning up the kitchen and taking out the trash. It’s not because we do not want to, it’s just so much harder to get around doing some of these tasks. And at this moment it feels as if the score is 10-0 in favour of lockdown.

So practically, how do you go about including self care in your daily routine and changing that score? For some, making it part of your to-do list may be your best bet, especially for those with very busy lives. When you get up in the morning, make a to-do list. Alongside things like “clean the kitchen” and “take out the rubbish”, slot in one or more self care tasks. Everyday. They are just as non-negotiable as getting the dishes done or cooking dinner. 

Here’s a list of self care ideas to take inspiration from during lockdown, but consider creating your own list to check off daily. Make the change you need, for you!

  1. Give yourself permission to binge watch your latest show obsession without guilt.
  2. Take a nap.
  3. Wear an outfit that makes you feel great. Even if you have no reason to (You ARE the reason!).
  4. Write a list of 10 things you’re grateful for and why.
  5. Read a book or magazine for an hour.
  6. Cook a fancy meal for no other reason than you deserve a fancy meal.
  7. Say “no” to someone.(or something)
  8. Have a 20 minute stretching session
  9. Take a leisurely walk without a goal.
  10. Go to bed early or sleep in late.
  11. Try out a new hobby
  12. Order a takeaway.
  13. Do something crafty: coloring, knitting, sewing..
  14. Order yourself a new book to read.
  15. Watch funny YouTube videos.

We hope these few ideas will help you to keep sane and stay safe.