People’s mental health has been tried and tested during the pandemic. People are devastated and the fact that we are all locked up in our homes does not help. Our lives were disrupted with the stay at home guidelines; sources of livelihoods were lost and families torn apart. Families have been rocked to the core and there couldn’t be a better time to talk about mental health and how it has affected us. It is, therefore, important to have a self-care routine during quarantine to stay sane.
While still under isolation, it is important to look after our health and especially mentally. It is so easy to slip into depression now because we are mostly by ourselves and no one to share our thoughts with. Loneliness and periods of prolonged sadness are not a good combination. They are a recipe for depression.
- Take a shower
As simple as it sounds, make sure you take a shower. It could be in the morning when you wake up, during the day or in the evening before you retire to bed. You will feel a lot better after you shower. A shower will also make you energized and you are likely to have a more productive day. It is called self-love.
- Drink water
To maintain your isolation well-being, remember to take water. Ensure you are hydrated at all times. Water is important in maintaining the balance of body fluids. Drinking water can also help with weight loss because often, we think we are hungry but we are just thirsty. When you maintain your water uptake, you will know the difference between hunger and thirst.
- Clean something/space
To stay sane during isolation, purpose to cleaning something every day. Do not let dirty dishes stack up in the sink or clothes overflow in the laundry basket. Make a habit of cleaning dishes as soon as you use them, clothes say twice a week and shoes every evening. This will ensure that the number of chores do not accumulate and now you do not have energy to do any of them.
When is the last time you cleaned your windows or under your bed and seats? When is the last time you rearranged your closet and even donated some of your clothes?
There are plenty of activities to do to avoid getting stressed during the quarantine period. Always practice self-care during quarantine to stay sane because losing your mind is so easy with everything seemingly going south.
- Active presence
Be mindfully present to either one of these things. It could be a song or sound, a sensory feeling, something you can see or a spiritual practice.
A guide to being mindfully active and present may include putting on your favourite song and listening to it without any distractions like your phone or chores. Just sit down and listen to it, word for word. Close your eyes if you need to.
Meditation is also a great way to be mindfully present. This is because all your attention is in the process. A prayer is also a great way to practice active presence to maintain sanity during the quarantine period.
- Reach out to a human outside your home
Ensure that before each day ends, you have spoken to at least one person other than those in your home. It could be your parent or friend that you have not seen for a while. Ask them how they are doing, if there is anything new in their lives and let them know how you are fairing as well.
You can reach out on voice or video call. Texts and emails are also great although they take away the presence and human aspect of it.
- Do one thing to get your heart rate up.
There are many activities that can race your heart. A cardio workout for instance is one of them. Skip rope, do squats, jog or watch something thrilling.
The bottom line is to get your heart rate up and remind you that you are still alive and well. This is an important quarantine self-care routine to stay sane.
- Do one thing just because you want to
This could be a workout, it could be cooking or going for a stroll. Feel like it? Then go for it. Do it just because you can!
- Do one thing you will be thankful for later
This could be calling that long lost friend, cleaning up or getting that workout in. After all is said and done and the outside is opened, you will be thankful to have kept fit during quarantine or maintained a friendship.
- Make sure you get a good laugh
It is said that laughter is the best medicine. Watch your favourite comedian, call your friend that always cracks you up, just do what you gotta do to get that laugh in.
- Start a gratitude journal
There are still many thigs to be grateful about despite the world being flipped over by the pandemic. You are still in good health, maybe you still have job, you are still making sales in your business, your children are healthy, your marriage is going strong – all that. Find something to be thankful for even during the tough chaotic times.
In whatever you do, remember to prioritize your mental health. Have a simple self-care regime during quarantine to stay sane. You can always get valuable support from our foundation on all matters mental health. You are not alone in this. We’ve got you and remember, it is okay not to be okay.