I could still recall, on the last day of December 2019, I told myself, “2020 is going to be a great year”. Several months have passed, and 2020 turned out to be the exact opposite of what we’ve all expected.
COVID19 pandemic took an enormous swept of the world— canceling our plans, putting a barrier to traveling, losing warmth to our usual “hello’s” and for some, it has also put a hold on their dreams.
But I realized in the past 7 months, it’s not healthy to just dwell on the negative effects COVID19 has done. Especially that I have also encountered a personal experience to it. I, too, have felt what it means to be anxious, worry, and a little stir crazy.
I guess we all did. We have all been affected by this in different ways. But that doesn’t mean we can not put an effort to handle the realities of the pandemic and what is becoming our new normal.
Despite all the negativities, COVID19 opened me to a lot of realizations— it also enabled me to truly connect with myself. I learned to practice self care in the new normal. Below, I have shared some tips I find helpful when things start feeling tough.
Make Breakfasts Special
Since college, I am not really a breakfast person, nor a morning person. It’s unhealthy, but I didn’t realize it much until now. With the pandemic and the stay-at-home normal, I now realize how extravagant it is to enjoy a good breakfast at home. How a great tasting home-brewed coffee is expensive than a hot cappuccino in a cafe.
I learned to appreciate the good things that a simple breakfast can give— it fuels me energy for the day.
And while I don’t have time to catch, I can enjoy a slow and steady breakfast just sitting at the balcony with healthy thoughts.
Exercise and Stretch
I used to have an exercise routine before I had Zeke, but when life throws me schedules and responsibilities, I find it hard to maintain. I lost touch with my routines.
But just like they say, it’s never too late to begin. When a colleague at work introduces me to yoga, I knew right then that I need it. Especially when I’m feeling all blue, unproductive, or just when I need a wake-up stretch.
Eventually, I started looking at Youtube videos, and I figured maybe it’s a workout for me, and it did turn out that way. I enjoy a 30 minute of a still and steady me-time, with scented candles on and relaxing music in the background. It calms all the noise in my head, and every day as a yoga explorer, I learned to also focus on myself, my body, and my inner soul. It’s a different connection, and I appreciate myself more for it.
Read a Book
I used to be a bookworm, but I didn’t know how disorganized I was with my time until I realized that I hadn’t opened a single book page for years now. But not until this pandemic. I wanted to be myself again— how much I indulge in the books that I read, how much I fantasized realities based on books, and a lot more.
I didn’t know I was missing so much of that version of myself, not until this year. So part of my self-care is to give myself time to read books again. Not only that, it reconnects me to my old self, but it is also a good activity to encourage creativity and mind stimulation— of which I need with my line of work.
Don’t Feel Guilty About Anything
I said to myself, now is not the time to feel guilty about anything.
If I wanted to splurge online, I would. If I wanted to go out for some air, I would (provided that we maintain social distancing, ensure health protocols, and carefully choose the places we visit).
And while we wait for other people to give us something to look forward to, why not give it to ourselves? The pandemic has brought many things for us to stress and worry about, but we should also learn to be forgiving and kind to ourselves. Yes, we deserve a breath of fresh air.
Nothing ever goes wrong with us being grateful. I feel like 2020 has changed my perspective in life and in the people I’m with, but it won’t change the fact that I will always be grateful. Despite all the lows this year, there are still a lot of things I’ll be forever thankful for.
While many people argue that practising self-care is an act of selfishness. I say that it’s not bad to look after yourself in ways other people could not. In ways that only you can.
To top all of this, it’s best to say that we all have different ways of self-care. Mine might not work for others. But the thought here is to let you guys know that the pandemic has extremely affected us, and it’s important to not forget to care and look after yourself.
Just find ways to take a breather, and everything will turn out just fine!
Stay safe and take care! xoxo!
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