Self Care During Covid-19: All You Need to Know

People everywhere are facing increased levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some simple ways to tackle those problems.

Self Care During Covid-19: All You Need to Know

Lauren Packard, Culture Editor

Let’s face it: we’ve all had a pretty stressful year. From a pandemic to one of our nation’s most important elections, the list of negative and stressful things really does seem endless. During times like these, self-care can slip to the bottom of your priority list. It can feel impossible to find time to just relax and take some time to yourself to do things you enjoy. Here are all of the self-care basics you need to know.


  1. Make Time for Yourself

This is the most important step of self care. Make sure you set aside some time everyday for only yourself. Do anything you want for the allotted time and make the most of it. Go for a drive, read a book, do some yoga; the opportunities are endless!


  1. Get Some Rest

Your body needs time to recharge, so make sure you are giving yourself a full 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. If you can’t get in enough rest, try taking a short afternoon nap- they’ve been known to boost energy levels. Being sleep deprived will raise your stress levels, and we certainly don’t need any more of that! 


  1. Talk it Out 

We are biologically wired to want connection and socialization with others, and that is part of why social distancing is so hard. It can feel very isolating and lonely at times, but there are ways around feeling this way. Don’t be afraid to speak to friends and family members about things you might be going through. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, writing out your thoughts can be helpful as well. This year has been weird for everyone and you are not alone.


  1. Tidy Up

Yes, cleaning your room can be annoying, but it will definitely make you feel better. Living in a space that is organized and clean has been proven to be motivating and increase productivity. Removing clutter in your room can also prevent mental clutter, so put on some music and get to work!


  1. Get Moving

While we may have limited access to gyms and workout equipment, there are ways to get in some exercise at home. YouTube has an infinite number of at-home workout routines for whatever you’re interested in. Popular choices are yoga, dancing, and strength training, but there are many others as well. All you need is a pair of gym shoes and a place to get moving.


  1. Be Kind to Yourself and Others

Being kind to yourself is incredibly important. Talking to yourself in a positive tone and using encouraging phrases can boost confidence and mood. Doing things for others can also make us feel better; the next time you go through a drive thru, maybe consider paying for the person behind you. Pay a compliment to a stranger or someone at school. As cliche as it sounds, making someone else happy can make you happy as well.