COVID-19 Self-Care: 3 Ways to Handle Uncertainty

With the COVID-19 pandemic still well underway, it’s hard to say how things will turn out. The uncertainty can be rough on your wellness. That’s why self-care is important, even if you’re in lockdown.

COVID-19 shouldn't stop self-care
You can practice self-care even in COVID-19
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What’s the Point of Self-Care?

It sounds natural that people would want to take care of themselves, but that doesn’t mean it happens. Self-care isn’t just getting pampered in a spa. It’s about finding things that help you relax and feel well. Since it’s focused on you, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ program. Instead, you’re free to find what works for you. All you have to do is add to the basic guides.

Before COVID-19, most people got their self-care from spas, gyms, movie theaters, and restaurants. Just because those aren’t open, it doesn’t mean you can’t still take care of yourself. You just need to get creative. Now, let’s look at how you can use self-care to handle uncertainty.

Battling Uncertainty with Self-Care

Reading works for self-care
Reading can help you relax during self-care
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Indulge Your Uncertainty for a Moment

Until things get back to normal, your uncertainty isn’t going anywhere. The key is giving it room to breathe just a bit each day. During a set time, you acknowledge the uncertainty and what it means for you. It can also be a good time to write down what you can do differently. For example, if you’re unemployed because of COVID-19, schedule some time each day for job searches.

When you take action, it gives your brain a boost to deal with uncertainty. This is one of the mental health benefits of self-care. You can also focus on following up on job leads or taking helpful online courses. The right tools can help build your career after COVID-19.

Find Your Self-Care Happy Place

Self-care usually involves relaxing, eating properly, and exercising. What that means for you is in your hands. Find healthy, but tasty meal ideas online. You can eat well without feeling like you’re on a diet. With tons of exercise programs online, you can find the right one for you.

Relaxing at home can be hard if you feel trapped, but it’s possible! See if you can create a small relaxation space. That can be a little area where you read or meditate. With the right tools, you can shoo away uncertainty with a spa-like bathroom. The self-care habits you learn can last way past COVID-19.

Bath time is great for self-care
Get your self-care with some bath time
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Look for New Hobbies

If you already have a few tried-and-true hobbies that can be done inside, that’s great! Practice self-care by doing them. That’s just the start, though. Finding new hobbies that suit you can be helpful, and it’s never been easier. Search online for the full range of hobbies that might work for you. Many companies have made their programs available online because of COVID-19.

Uncertainty comes with this new COVID-19 world. Fortunately, you can handle it with the right self-care. Even though you’re in lockdown, you still have the tools you need to make it work.

Author: Karen Heslop

I have a background in Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Training, as well as Industrial Manufacturing. While many of these areas required technical writing at varying levels, I have since expanded my repertoire to include SEO-based writing and informational articles. I also write fiction when the mood strikes.

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