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10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself during a Pandemic

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Trying to take care of yourself during stressful times like these is both extra hard and extra important. Doing small things to take care of yourself and destress after a long day of work is important for both your body and mind. This list includes simple and easy self-care regimens that can improve your overall well being.

Cleaning Your Room

Decluttering your room may seem like a mundane task but it can help you feel accomplished and organized. You won’t be as stressed walking through your room and you won’t have to search for 10 minutes to find whatever it is you’re looking for. 

Click here for more on the importance of cleaning for your well being.

Opening up 

Venting to a friend, family member, or counselor can help you process your emotions during stressful times. Talking things out helps you let go of negative feelings and move forward. If you cannot stop thinking about something to the point where it is directly affecting your life, you might be interested in speaking with a mental health professional.

Establishing a Sleep Schedule 

Getting enough sleep is very important for your physical and mental health and getting your sleep schedule back on track is vital. If you’re no longer going to work and you’re doing school remotely, it can be easy to end up with a bad sleep schedule. Don’t do it!

Writing

Writing in a journal either daily or weekly can be a great outlet for stress. This can be great for those who feel like they don’t have someone close in their life to talk to, or they aren’t comfortable speaking about whatever it is they’re going through.

Meal Prep 

If you find yourself short on time after work or school and you usually depend on ordering food every night, meal planning would be perfect for you. It saves you the stress of preparing a meal each night, and it saves you money because you won’t be ordering out as much. 

If you’re new to it, look into meal prepping.

Stress Relieving Hobbies 

Finding a hobby that takes your mind off of stressful factors and allows you to enjoy yourself is crucial. You can test out new hobbies or even make time for activities you already know you enjoy. For example, running, baking, yoga, and painting are great hobbies.

Break from technology 

Most or even all of your life may now be online, but you still need to take a break from technology every once in a while. This can be a healthy break for your mind. Time away from technology will increase mindfulness, help with bad sleeping habits, improve connections, and overall promote productivity.

Weekly Planning 

An easy way to avoid stress is weekly planning. Taking one day out of the week to write out your responsibilities and or goals for the next week will keep you organized and motivated. 

Basic Hygiene

Simple hygiene such as brushing your teeth and taking a shower can make you feel refreshed. It might be especially easy to neglect basic hygiene in this stay-at-home situation. Making time in your daily routine to do so will leave you feeling clean and energized. 

Drinking Water 

Drinking more water throughout the day can not only improve your energy levels, but help your skin, hair, and nails.

By Hannah Cox, Hailie Mueller, and Abigail Weer

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