• Shilpa Bhim

10 Easy Self-Care Tips While In Quarantine At Home

Self-care. It’s more than just face masks and rose, it’s an important way to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

With corona virus affecting almost every aspect of our lives right now, self-care is important now more than ever. Why?

Because everything is changing and uncertain, and with that comes a whole lot of emotions as you try to process what is happening, when it will end and the way it has directly impacted your life.

I’m fortunate and grateful that I’m able to work from home, but my life has been impacted by corona virus in so many other ways. Being at home all the time (other than for exercise and visits to the grocery store) has been a big change for me. And coming to terms with the fact that I won’t be celebrating my 30th birthday with family and friends or having my wedding (which was meant to be at the end of April) this year has been an emotional journey!

I know your life will have been impacted in myriad of ways too, and that you also will be going through the motions of adjusting to what is the new normal for the next little while. So, I’m sharing my top 10 easy tips for practicing self-care while

at home.

These tips have helped me to process everything that been going on lately, and to keep my mental health in check while spending more time at home. Keep reading to find out more!

10 Easy Self-Care Tips

1. Get Plenty Of Sleep (But Not Too Much)

Sleep deprivation impacts your mental and physical health, and not in a good way. Psychology Today has found that not getting enough sleep has a significant negative impact on your mood.

Our bodies and minds repair and restore themselves while we sleep, which helps us to function and feel well the next day. So be sure to get your eight to nine hours of sleep a night, it’s one of the easiest ways to practice self-care.

Anything more than eight or nine hours of sleep can have an adverse effect on your health and fatigue levels so try and avoid this, even if we are spending so much time at home!

2. Eat Well And Drink Lots of Water

Having lots of nutritious fruits and veggies, and drinking lots of water, is a way to help your mind and body feel good from the inside out.

Eating well supports your health and wellbeing by filling your body with the nutrients it needs to function well.

As tempting as it may be to snack on junk food all day long, having healthy snacks will help you to feel better in the long run!

3. Get Lots Of Fresh Air

Because it’s good for you! Getting fresh air helps to clean your lungs, strengthen your immune system and increases serotonin levels in your body which increases feelings of satisfaction.

Can’t get outside for fresh air? No worries, open up a window or door for a while – getting some fresh air is better than none at all.

4. Do Nothing

Sometimes all your mind and body needs is rest. Listen to what you need and act, or not, accordingly.

5. Daily Yoga (Or Meditation)

Yoga and meditation have a big focus on breathing exercises, which have a positive impact on your mind.

Deep, conscious breathing triggers the part of your nervous system that is responsible for the processes that happen in your body when you’re resting. This creates a ‘relaxation response’ in your body, helping to calm your mind.

I’ve been doing daily yoga since being in quarantine at home and have found it really helps reduce any feelings of stress or anxiety. One of my favourites is the full body yoga for stress and anxiety relief by Maddie Lymburger.

6. Regular Exercise

Exercise is not only good for your physical health but for your mental health also (hello endorphins!)

Exercise makes a huge difference to my mental health and helps me to focus better. Even a light stroll outside can help get the blood flowing and clear your mind. It’s a great from of self-care.

7. Check In On Yourself, And Others

It’s ok to not feel ok, and it’s definitely ok to talk about it! Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust will help you to relax and feel supported, and will hopefully help you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Not in the mood for talking just yet? You could write your thoughts and feelings down to get them out of your head, this is a great way to practice self-care.

Similarly, checking in on loved ones and people you know will not only help them but will help with your health and happiness too. Helping others out helps to strengthen relationships, create meaningful connections and give a sense of purpose.

8. Treat Yourself!

Because sometimes self-care is sitting back with a face mask on and a glass of rose in your hand while watching Netflix.

Whatever is your vice, it’s ok to treat yourself to the things that spark joy and make you feel relaxed.

For me it’s a combination of taking my time to do my skincare, having a glass of rose, or treating myself to some chocolate … oh and watching Gilmore Girls over and over and over again!

9. Hang Out With Friends And Family

Just because we are physically distancing doesn’t mean we have to stop socialising. We’re so fortunate to live in a time where we have access to so much technology that connects us all.

So get on to those virtual drinks, game nights and general chats. They can help boost your energy levels and increase your sense of belonging.

I’m partial to a virtual wine or two – just fyi in case you want to hang.

10. It’s All About Mindset Over Matter

It’s so easy get caught up in the sense of loss for what was normal just a few months ago, like being able to leave you’re house whenever you want to.

While it is ok to process that feeling of loss, it’s also important to remember how fortunate so many of us are.

If you have a roof over your head, food in your cupboard and the ability to work and entertain yourself from home just remember that you’re not stuck at home, you are safe at home.

So many people around the world don’t have a home to stay in, or a safe home to quarantine in. If you or someone you know needs some assistance with housing or mental health and/or family violence supports during this time, the following support services are available in Australia:

I hope that at least one of the self-care tips in this article helps to support or improve your mental health while in quarantine (or just in general).

Let me know if you try any of these tips out, or if you have any other self-care suggestions!

Until next time, stay safe and look after yourself x