With the third national lockdowns happening across the country, self-care is more important than ever.
Because many of us have been through a lockdown before, it is easy to start to neglect self-care and get into a bit of a rut, feeling unmotivated and sluggish.
Whether you are feeling positive about this lockdown or are dreading going through it again, these seven self-care tips will help relax your mind and keep you energized.
1. Take a break from the internet
We have all been encouraged to use our phones as much as possible during COVID-19 and they’re undeniably a great way to stay connected with friends and family.
Technology gives us the opportunity to disconnect from (an often scary) reality and share our feelings and experiences with others.
However, hosting Zoom quizzes and creating TikToks does inevitably get tiring and repetitive after a while and may even take a toll on your mental health.
If you start to feel like being constantly connected is draining instead of energizing you, it might be time for a break. This break doesn’t have to be for long, just an hour or two a day away from technology can really help you de-stress and relax.
2. Get some fresh air
Whether it is by opening the window or going for a quick walk, getting some fresh air will help with your productivity and give you more energy.
Additionally, it can help strengthen your immune system by increasing your oxygen intake. Just ten minutes outside can help clear your head and give you a completely fresh perspective.
3. Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine
During COVID-19, your routine and your stress levels may have changed. You might find yourself drinking more coffee and/or alcohol than before.
As we all know, caffeine can dehydrate us, as well as increasing our heart rate and blood pressure. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a whole host of problems.
We are not saying you should cut these things out completely. Just being aware of your intake can help you consume them in moderation and stay healthy.
If you think you are drinking a bit too much in lockdown, Drink Aware offers some excellent support and advice on the steps you can take to cut down your intake.
4. Keep in touch with friends and family
Cabin fever is real and many of us will start to feel a bit homesick. During this time, it is vital to regularly connect with friends and family.
Have virtual meetups with your friends and family, host an online movie marathon or just give them a call on the phone.
Starting your day by chatting on the phone to someone you care about will put you in a much more positive mood.
5. Move your body
This does not have to be a full body home workout. If you are anything like me, the thought of an excitable workout instructor screaming at you to do 20 burpees is enough to send a shiver down your spine.
Simply going for a walk in the park, a jog or a bike ride around your block is a good way to get moving and clear your head. Even on days where you are not feeling it, it’s worth forcing yourself out for a brief 10-minute walk before you start studying.
6. Read a book
No-one is expecting you to read War and Peace in lockdown (unless you want to!) Start with the book your favorite movie is based off. Ask friends for recommendations. Take a look at the current best-sellers. Reading doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be extremely relaxing and a very effective form of escapism.
This article was originally posted by Top Universities