With Covid-19 still in the air, we’re probably not going to get our normal life back very soon.
Bringing work home might have been a no-no in the past, but now we’re all working at home, and lines between working and relaxing are getting blurry.
As our stay-at-home life becomes the new normal, we need to take care of ourselves better to keep our sanity. If you need some self-care ideas, here are 5 effective ones you can try at home.
1. Get Active
Exercising has been proved to be beneficial for both your physical and mental health, so this is naturally a recommended activity.
Going to the gym might not be the safest choice at the moment, but that’s fine. With workout apps galore, you can find one you like and exercise at home.
Getting active doesn’t mean you have to spend 2 hours to have a strenuous full-body workout (you could if you want, it’s good for you). Anything that gets you moving helps, it doesn’t matter if it’s a 10-minute yoga session, a 5-minute HIIT session that gets your heart pumping, or a brisk walk in the park.
This is especially important since most of us sit in front of our laptops all day. So don’t forget to get up, stretch, and maybe take a walk every once in a while, for it could do wonders for your health and mood.
Clutter has been shown to cause stress and can have negative impacts on your mental well-being. Negative impacts on yourself are the last things you need right now, so if you want to prevent those, ridding your room of clutter could be a good place to start.
If you work at home, a cluttered desk could impair your productivity. A cluttered room could also negatively impact your sleeping quality. You might have trouble falling asleep, or you could experience rest disturbances.
It doesn’t have to be a 7-hour cleaning session. you’ll feel much better just by putting things back to where they belong.
You can start with your desk. Get rid of those files you no longer need and those pens that have run out of ink. Put your books back on the shelf and hide those ugly cables. With an organized desk, you’ll boost your productivity and have fewer things to distract you from work.
For your room, you can start by making your bed. Then hang up or fold those clothes on your chair, and put things away if you don’t use them often.
With an organized room, you might be able to sleep better and be more productive.
Plus, who doesn’t like a room free of clutter?
3. Decrease Screen Time
Whether it’s for work or enjoyment, we spend so much time staring at the screen these days. This, however, is not in any way good for your well-being.
Staring at the screen for a long time could lead to many problems, such as worsening your eyesight. You could also get dry eyes and experience irritation or a burning sensation in your eyes. Furthermore, the blue light from those electronic gadgets could be keeping you awake, so quit scrolling before bed and read a book instead.
Decreased screen time comes with a handful of advantages, such as reducing eye strain, preventing migraines, and improving your sleep quality.
If you have to stare at the screen for extended periods of time, remember to take a break every 20 minutes or so.
4. Go Outside
You don’t need a peer-reviewed study to know that being close to nature is beneficial for you. However, if you do, here’s one.
It was found in a study by an interdisciplinary Cornell team that by just spending 10 minutes in a natural setting, college students felt happier. The effects of physical and mental stress on these students also lessened.
One easy way to spend more time in nature is to do things outside. For example, if you usually run on a treadmill, try going to the park for a jog or walk instead. Another thing you can do is to read, have your tea, and take a break outside if the weather permits.
Next time you’re feeling down and stressed, get out and enjoy some fresh air, and you might come back feeling refreshed and in a better mood.
5. Dedicate Time for Your Hobbies
How long has it been since you did what you enjoy? If it’s only been a short while, good for you. However, if you can’t recall when you last did something that made you happy, then you might want to consider making time to do just that.
With work and chores keeping you busy, it could be hard to squeeze out time or even have the energy to do what you love when you just want to crash.
However, studies suggest that you could boost your confidence, creativity, and productivity if you spend time on your hobbies.
Besides, the advantages this brings for your career, your hobbies are also great for another very important thing: Your happiness.
According to one study, people spend only about 42 minutes per day doing what they love, and that’s only about 3% of their day. By having time to relax and just have fun, you can handle stress better and prevent burnout.
There is nothing wrong with being a hard worker and an ambitious human, but keeping yourself happy should be your priority.
With these self-care ideas, we hope to encourage you to spend time for yourself. So schedule some downtime and try them, they might lift your spirits and make you feel refreshed and ready for whatever’s to come.