Your lockdown self-care checklist
Remember to take care of yourself during lockdown! How many of these self-care activities have you checked off this list recently?
With new rules and restrictions in every direction, it's understandable that many of us are feeling the pressure of keeping up with COVID. Now more than ever, self-care should be one of the most import parts of our daily routines, however, only 6.6% of people aged 25 years and older engage in health-related self-care each day!
We've created a self-care checklist for you to refer to when you're stuck for ideas on caring for your mental and physical health during these tough times. How many can you tick off?
Eat three main meals a day
Not only will getting the right nutrients help strengthen your immune system, but it will help to keep your brain functioning so that you can focus on the things that need attention in your life.
Go on a 24-hour social media detox
Social media is good for many things, but too much of it can cause problems. Have a break every now and then, and make time for other activities.
Find a quiet spot to meditate
In today's busy world, a moment of peace can do wonders to realign your thoughts. Find a spot where you won't get disturbed, and let your mind rest for a moment.
Light an aromatic candle
Now that the evenings are drawing in, wind down your day with a cosy evening inside!
Write a gratitude list
Many of us are guilty of taking our everyday comforts for granted. During your self-care routine, take a moment to appreciate everything you have - it might make you see things differently in future.
Practice deep breathing
Controlled breathing has been shown to alleviate stress and anxiety. Try breathing in for four seconds, holding for seven and breathing out for eight.
Listen to good music
Whatever your streaming service, find a playlist that suits your mood and dance, sing along or chill.
Exercise releases endorphins, which are meant to put your in a positive mood. If you're not feeling up to a high intensity workout, try going for a walk instead.
Regularly check your boobs
A staggering 1 in 4 women are affected by breast cancer, which it's why it's important to regularly feel your breasts for any abnormalities. Read our interview with breast cancer survivor Leanne Pero here to find out more.
Catch up with a friend
Whether it's meeting up for a coffee or talking on Facetime, sometimes there's nothing better than seeing a friendly face.
Spend time outdoors
Fresh air and sunshine (when we can get it!) are two things that can instantly put you in a good mood. Try nipping outside on your lunch break to make the most of your time away from the screen.
Visit a family member
If it's safe, visit family members for a catch up - especially those who live alone! It'll be beneficial for both you and them.
Have a mini pamper sesh
Been meaning to try out that new hair or face mask? Set aside half an hour for yourself to run a bath and get your pamper on.
Cuddle a pet
Playing with a dog or cat can increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, both of which are feel-good neurotransmitters.
Try something new
If you feel like you're stuck in the same routine, try something new, whether it's an unusual syrup in your coffee or trying a different sport.
Read a book
Need some escapism? A book is the perfect way to get lost in another world. Find some of our favourite literary picks here.