Silken’s Self Care Strategies for COVID-19

As things continue to evolve with COVID-19, it’s important to stay updated on the news, but it’s equally important to take breaks from it. Engaging in nonstop news updates around the pandemic can lead to anxiety and mental health issues. Below are my suggestions for staying healthy as we navigate this new norm of staying at home.

Exercise every day. Yes, the gyms are closed, but get outside for a walk away from people, do push-ups in your living room, watch one of the excellent workouts readily available on YouTube. If you are a Goodlife Fitness member, you can stream your favorite Les Mills workout live to your living room.

Prepare healthy food. As much as possible, watch what you’re putting into your body. Healthy food, healthy immune system, healthy mind. Treating yourself is important, too.

Take care of yourself. Ask yourself at least once a day: what do I need right now? Sometimes it can be as small as talking to a friend, a ten-minute fresh air break, or a healthy snack. The more you ask yourself what you need, the less overwhelmed you’ll feel and the more likely you’ll be to engage in the simple actions that make a huge different in your mental health.

Create a schedule. This one is hardest for me because I like to “go with the flow”, but it’s necessary for the sake of productivity and feelings of satisfaction. Here is the schedule I’m currently working off of:

Connect with people. Ironically while we are social distancing, we need to connect with each other and show compassion more than ever before. Pick up the telephone and call someone you haven’t spoken to for months, check on a friend you know is a worrier. Call you parents!

Feed your soul. Yoga, journaling, time in nature, creative work, breath work or whatever you love doing. These are all food for the soul. Don’t let your soul go hungry.

The measure of a society is how we care for our most vulnerable citizens. The fact that we are self-distancing and self-isolating tells me we care a whole lot about one another. Sometimes the adrenaline of fear leads to bad behaviour, so let’s work from a place of love not fear as often as possible. And when we do feel fear (we will), let’s recognize that other people are feeling it too, and give them a break.