Taking cafe of yourself during the pandemic

Ava Pope, Journalist

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. Now more than ever, the future is unpredictable as nothing is the same today as it was yesterday. Along with that, the pandemic has taken something from all of us, whether it’s just social interactions, jobs, sports, or even loved ones. Now more than ever it is extremely important to maintain extra levels of self-care. Below are a few tips for taking care of yourself.

Physical health

  • Fuel your body with good food and lots of water
  • Try to get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Spend some time every day exercising
  • Notice your bodies physical signs of stress and anxiety
  • Tek deep breaths
  • Spent time outside every day

Mental health

  • Try to set and maintain a routine that works for you
  • Spend time thinking about things you’re grateful for
  • Focus on the things you can control
  • Listen to music that you like
  • Read books
  • Get your news from reliable sources
  • Limit time on social media and take breaks when you feel it impacts your mental health
  • Do what you can to help your community

Rember during these times that even small things such as walking around the block or going outside for a few minutes can make a huge positive impact on your overall mood. Keep in mind that your body is getting you through a global pandemic, so go out of your way to do things for yourself. Finding a way to balance your time between school and work and other social activities can be incredibly challenging, but it’s important to make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to do things that you enjoy doing or that make you feel good.

Taking extra time to focus on your mental health looks different for everyone. Setting and maintaining a schedule gives your mind and body an aspect of predictability that you might not otherwise have while things are changing every day. Doing things to help your community can also help you feel like you’re making a difference. Even something as simple as doing the dishes for your family or helping someone in some way can make someone else feel better. As times are challenging for all of us, it is important to remember to cut your friends and family and more importantly yourself some slack. Remind the people around you that you are grateful for them, and reach out for help when you need it. All in all, remember to take care of yourself during these uncertain and overwhelming times.