It’s been six months since the community quarantine was put into place by the government due to the pandemic. What we thought to be a few months of isolation has now turned out to be most of our 2020. Most of us have explored different things to practice self-care– for some, it might be baking or taking care of plants, for others, it’s working out and decluttering. It’s been a challenge to stay put in our homes, but we try our best to abide by the rules, ensuring that we are safe from COVID-19.
While the restrictions are now slowly relaxing, the virus is still very present, and most of us are living our days walking on eggshells, taking all the precautions to stay safe as much as we can. While tolerable, this major shift in what we perceive as our normal has taken a toll on our mental health. It’s disorienting to no longer be able to do what you used to enjoy, and some may start to feel what they describe as the “Quarantine Fatigue”.
What is Quarantine Fatigue?
Quarantine Fatigue is defined as the exhaustion associated with the new restrictive lifestyle that we’ve adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is the effect of all the necessary precautions that we have to take to stay safe, and it may manifest differently from one person to another.
Some of the common symptoms are feeling tense, irritable, and anxious. It may also show as feeling stressed for long periods, lack of motivation, and reduced overall productivity. Other symptoms are feeling overwhelmed, having racing thoughts, and changes in eating and sleeping habits.
How can we fight Quarantine Fatigue?
Now, more than ever, we need to practice self-care to preserve our peace of mind. It’s a difficult process, knowing that we are going through challenging times, but it’s the best that we can do to make sure that we are our best selves and that we are armed with enough strength to power through these hurdles in life.
If you don’t know where to start, we have listed down five easy ways to practice self-care even while staying at home.
How to Practice Self Care – Tip #1:
Mindfulness has always been said to be an effective way to manage stress and calm your mind. If you’re feeling anxious or you are dealing with racing thoughts, then meditating might help. It doesn’t have to be fancy, with cushions and candles around. All you need to do is to sit down, breathe, and focus on your breath. You may also follow some guided meditations on Youtube or download Meditation apps to help you stay focused. If you don’t have access to those, you may also try doing the box breathing technique by breathing into your nose while counting to four, holding it for four seconds, and exhaling the air for another four. You may repeat this for 3-4 minutes or until you feel calmer.
How to Practice Self Care – Tip #2:
If you have not jumped on the workout wagon, now is the time to get yourself moving. Exercise does not only help on managing weight but it also improves your overall health– physically, mentally, and emotionally. You can join online zoom classes to get that extra boost or follow Youtube challenges. You can also take walks (if possible) or do stretches if that is what’s working for you. It doesn’t matter if the exercise is hard or too easy, the important thing is that you are moving.
How to Practice Self Care – Tip #3:
Nourish your body
Choose to eat nourishing food like fruits and vegetables, and make sure to eat on time. While you can live off of coffee or you can easily get filled with processed foods, this kind of lifestyle is not sustainable in the long run. It’s not wrong to indulge in chips and sodas, but it would be best if you take these things in moderation. Drink your vitamins and opt to enjoy good food as much as possible.
How to Practice Self Care – Tip #4:
Lessen Social Media Consumption
Social media may be your source of news and updates from others, but it’s also a rabbit hole of toxic opinions, fake news, and depressing updates among many others. If you find yourself spending too much time going through social media it’s starting to affect your mood, it might be best to take a break and try to limit your social media use.
Instead of going on Social Media, you can try and dedicate your time to picking up new hobbies or exploring other healthy habits.
How to Practice Self Care – Tip #5:
Engage in meaningful interactions
While we are physically distant with friends and loved ones, we don’t have to be socially distant with them. Schedule fun game nights with friends, or reach out and check on them every once in a while. Staying connected during this time is difficult, but it is important to help us fight loneliness.
Do you have other tips on keeping yourself healthy amid the pandemic? Share it with us in the comment section!
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