Tips for taking care of yourself during coronavirus

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Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2020 - 21:34

1. Remain active

It is fairly well-known that exercise is very beneficial for both your mental and physical health. There are many different kinds of exercises that can be done in your own home, thanks to all of the apps that are available as well as YouTube. We have listed some of the free ones that are available or you can keep doing what works the best for you.

There is a popular yoga channel called Yoga with Adrienne that has more than six million subscribers. Adrienne is very down to earth and quirky and offers yoga classes that last from five minutes up to an hour.

Another good option that can help you remain active right now is the Nike Training Club which offers a ton of free workouts that can be done from home. They also offer expert guidance on nutrition and wellness.

The 7 Minute Workout app (Android and iOS). This app offers seven-minute workouts that are designed based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefits as quickly as possible. The app also allows you to link up with your friends to encourage one another (or compete, to be honest. It is an excellent way to keep connected with each other. If you usually play sports but your training and games have been canceled, you could use the app to link up with teammates.

Those are just three ideas to consider. Do what works best for you. If you are able to go outdoors, take a run or walk and enjoy your natural surroundings.

2. Practice mindfulness for 10 minutes

Whenever you are stressed out about something (like coronavirus), your thoughts have a tendency to speed up. If you take about 10 minutes to practice mindful it can help to generate a feeling of calmness.

The following are some recommendations of free mindfulness apps that you can try out:

Insight Timer offers more than 25,000 free guided meditations. They range from 1 to over 90 minutes Try to search based on a top that you are interested in (e.g., sleep, learning how to meditate, stress).

Smiling Mind could be a good option for you if you want to avoid being overwhelmed by so many choices. These meditations are organized according to structured programs, like Relationships, Sleep, Mindful Foundations, etc.

If you are not into meditation, try to do regular activities in a mindful manner. Put aside all distractions and then fully focus on one small chore. For example, as you are drinking tea, pay close attention to all of your senses (how warm the cup feels in your hand, how the tea smells, how it tastes, etc.).

3. Talk with your friends

Even if you can't meet in person, try to say in contact with your friends, via phone calls, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Messenger, or text. Ask them how they are doing and feeling and share your experiences with them if you feel comfortable doing that.

You can even form a group chat so that each individual can share a good thing that occurred during their day to keep everyone's spirits up.

4. Check out forums

If you feel isolated or lonely, there are online forums that you can check out. These are anonymous, supportive, and safe spaces where you can talk with other people. This can be especially helpful if you are having a rough time or need to talk about self-care and other related subjects.

5. Make a home cooked meal

It is always important to have good nutrition. However, it is especially critical during stressful times like these. Nothing could be better than to enjoy a healthy, delicious homemade meal- particularly one you made. Ask a family member or friend for their favorite recipe or find one online. You can also find plenty of tips online on how to make good healthy good choices.

It can be quite challenging for many people to find certain ingredients right now. If you are unable to get certain items or you are running low, it is completely fine to keep things very simple. You can also get creative and come up with substitutions or look for ideas online. 

6. Take a short break from watching the news

Between social media and the news, all of us are feeling inundated by all of the coronavirus updates that we are getting right now. Although staying informed is very important, try limiting your media consumption to a few times per week and only use reliable news sources If you find yourself going to social media more often because you feel isolated, take a short break and work on enjoy spending time on a different activity instead, like some of the ones that we have recommended in this article. 

7. Create a music playlist

Music makes you feel better. Get on Spotify and create a playlist made up of all your favorite songs. It is also possible to create a group playlist where your friends can add five of their favorite songs also. If you want, you can make several different playlists for different vibes or moods (e.g. feeling happy, rainy day, etc.).

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