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Self-care in lockdown

When life is difficult, self-care is typically the first thing to go, and people usually believe that devoting time and effort to oneself is extravagant. Whatever the case may be, taking care of yourself will help you get through this difficult time and w

Post by on Friday, May 21, 2021

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When life is difficult, self-care is typically the first thing to go, and people usually believe that devoting time and effort to oneself is extravagant. Whatever the case may be, taking care of yourself will help you get through this difficult time and will enable you to better care for others. Self-care is defined as the activities and practices that we choose to do regularly to preserve and improve our health and well-being. By including self-care activities into your daily routine, such as going for a walk or socializing (virtually), you allow your body and mind to rest and regenerate, avoiding or reducing stress and anxiety symptoms. During difficult times, it may appear that we don't have enough time to practice self-care, and it may fall further down our priority list. However, even five minutes of concentrating on our breath or stretching might be beneficial. These modest acts of self-care add up over time to create a more robust version of ourselves and boost our coping strategies.


Because of the global hysteria over the coronavirus, the globe is currently in a state of disarray (COVID-19). If you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed by it all, know that this is a perfectly normal reaction. Many of us, including myself, are confronted with unsettling new realities. Homes have been converted into offices (if we are fortunate enough to still have jobs); most children are out of school, and many grandparents have become isolated; freedom of movement has been severely restricted to the point that even driving to the beach for a quick dip or surf may be regarded socially irresponsible. However, it is critical to be gentle with yourself and to make time for self-care.



●    Stay active

Similarly to how we must care for our psychological well-being, we must also care for our physical well-being during this time. When you're trapped indoors, it's quite easy to fall into a state of dormancy and passivity. Practising at home will keep you energetic and there are a variety of recordings available online to fit your disposition and wellbeing level. It has generally been recognized that exercising is beneficial to both our physical and psychological well-being. Because with YouTube and apps, you can undertake a wide range of activities from the comfort of your own home. If you have the opportunity to go outside, consider going for a stroll or running while taking in your surroundings. Dietary habits are also quite important. Preparing and preparing dinners during the day can help furnish you with structure while guaranteeing you're eating steadily.


It's not difficult to feel unmotivated with no reasonable construction which is the reason, significantly, you make some sort of routine during the lockdown. Making your daily plan will help you stay dynamic and active, as well as discover better balance throughout your days. As tempting as it may be to snooze, try and set your alarm for a consistent time every day and stick to a similar sort of pattern you followed before lockdown, for example, writing in your diary, a morning reflection, washing, and changing out of your pj's and so forth. Keeping a differentiation between work and home life will help you stay self-spurred and gainful.


●    Support your mental health

Supporting your mental health during lockdown is critical, especially if you're self-isolating alone. When we are worried about anything (such as the coronavirus), our minds tend to race. Practising mindfulness for 10 minutes or so can help develop a sensation of peace. Because this is a stressful time for all of us, we must find methods to relax and decompress. Meditation and grounding exercises might be beneficial. Keeping a diary and writing down your thoughts and feelings will help you identify and understand any unwanted ideas and sentiments. Set a time limit for how much time you spend on social media and the news if you already battle with anxiety daily, as both can be highly triggering at the present.


●    Stay connected

Maintain as much contact as possible with family and friends. Sharing your experiences can assist you in making sense of what you're going through and will make you feel supported and connected. Making arrangements ahead of time can provide you with something to look forward to during the week. Plan several types of workouts to perform together, such as watching a movie or playing a game, sharing some wine, and so on.


●    Make a homemade meal

Good nutrition is always important, but during stressful times there’s nothing better than a tasty, healthy homemade meal – especially if you made it yourself. You could inquire about a favourite recipe from a friend or family member. Some ingredients may be difficult to obtain for many individuals at the present. If you're running low on supplies or can't get particular items, it's perfectly ok to keep things basic.


●    Take a break from the news

We're all feeling overburdened by coronavirus updates right now, thanks to the news and social media. It is critical to keep informed, but try to limit your media consumption to a couple of times each day and stick to reliable news sources. If you find yourself going to social media because you are feeling lonely, take a break and engage in another activity, such as those listed above.


 ●    Embrace the extra time

If you find yourself spending a lot more time at home, having a comfortable setting can be beneficial. Begin with a shelf, or gather five items and find a place for them. There's no doubt that we have a lot more time on our hands. Perhaps the best part about this is that we now have the opportunity to fully appreciate day-to-day exercises that we may have overlooked in the past, accepting a different kind of attitude in our daily lives. From cooking and eating a nutritious breakfast in the morning to relaxing with a cup of tea and a nice book in the evening, we may allow ourselves to live life at a more leisurely pace. If the thought of all this extra time overwhelms you, consider devoting it to a specific hobby or, even better, using it to learn something new. There are numerous online courses available, as well as shorter instructions for arts and crafts. Getting caught up on a favourite series or book might also provide some light comfort.



●    Watch or read something uplifting

Distraction can be beneficial. Allow yourself to zone away from what's going on in the world by watching something uplifting. If you prefer to read, go to your bookshelf and select an old favourite or something you've been meaning to read for a while, or if you don't have physical books, e-books are a terrific option.


When coping with uncertainty, it is beneficial to focus on what we can control and what is beyond our control. It is critical to connecting individuals of the community with appropriate help and services. As we continue to adjust to a new meaning of "normal," let us be aware of the emotional needs of ourselves and others around us, as this will help shape our mental, social, and physical well-being. Let's be frank, the lockdown hasn't been kind to most individuals. Many people feel anxious, and you may have fallen out of your former good routines and self-care habits. Being properly healthy entails more than just eating the correct foods and spending half your life in the gym. Emotional, mental, and social health are all important components of real holistic wellness. This is why exercising your self-care muscles is equally as vital as exercising your real ones, if not more so!

Dr. Bhavna Barmi , 

PhD,  MPhil ( NIMHANS) 

Child and Clinical Psychologist, Relationship Therapist,

NLP Practitioner and Life Coach, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute

Founder of Happiness Studio New Delhi



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