Code Word: Self-Care

How I’m practicing self-care during COVID-19

This past month has been really surreal with the ongoing pandemic. As of right now there is a stay at home order for almost majority of the country. That means no restaurants are open, no bars or lounges, movie theaters and colleges are even closed because of COVID-19. Crazy right? No this is serious. During this time we are told to stay in our homes for quarantine. It’s looking like the whole month of April we will be in the house. For me it’s not so bad I don’t mind being at home with the boys spending more time with them. But for others it may be stressful and scary. For the past couple of months I’ve been focusing on self-care. Self-care are any activities that we do in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health. It is the key to improve your mood and reduce anxiety. This is what I’m doing to practice self-care during COVID-19.

Staying Educated

In Ohio there are breaking news reports happening almost every day. The information is being updated online as well. So what I do is tune in the news making sure I’m updated on all protocols and procedures for our state. New information is released everyday. I do limit myself to what I’m exposed to. So maybe I’ll watch 30 min of the news or read an article if I decide not to turn my TV on.

I’m Eating Breakfast Everyday

Before the pandemic it was hard for me eat as soon as I got up. I was dealing with getting myself ready for work and then getting the boys together. I found myself not eating until almost 11 am. This of course was not helping me to gain weight. Since I’ve been quaratined to my home , I have made some adjustments. As soon as I wake up I eat something small like a banana or a Nutragrain bar. I usually cook a full breakfast once the boys get up. This forces me to eat with them. It’s a win-win for me.

I’m staying Fit

I have a routine together where I eat and then I work out. I complete a small work out that usually takes about 30-45 min in total. The main areas I work on are my legs, butt, and gut. Staying fit allows me not fall into a relaxed routine where I’m sitting on the couch all day. I want to stay active, so when it’s time to go back outside I will be in shape. There are so many videos on Youtube and so many people offering virtual workouts online. There is a workout out there for everyone. Working out helps me to stay energized throughout the day. This allows me to stay motivated for homeschooling and working on content and projects. It makes me feel good that I can stay on track with it, and I’m usually only working out three or four times a week.

I’m Calling Family and Friends Everyday

Talking to people I love helps me cope with the reality of being in the house all the time. It can get a little lonely if you can’t go to see anyone or visit family. The only place you can go to are grocery stores and your own back yard, so an occasional Facetime or FB Messenger is a great way for me to have human interactions. It’s nice to check up on family members to find out what they’ve been up to. I talk to some of my friends for the laughs, motivation, and just plain old girl talk.

I Continue to Write in my Journal

For me journaling is a big part of how I express my feelings and manifest the things I want. It helps me to prioritize, clarify thinking, and accomplish my most important tasks. Journals records the progress I’ve made toward my goals to stay motivated in the long run. I spend about 10-15 minutes daily just reflecting on what I’m doing currently and tracking progress.

Continuing to Create Videos, Content, and Blog Posts

Creating content is one way I’ve been able to stay creative during this pandemic. I feel good when I’m writing and come up with a new blog post or a new IG post. It’s entertaining for not only myself but for you as well. Some people are watching their favorite movies, painting, but me – I’m constantly creating content. Creating fashion and content the other projects I’m working on helps me deal with any stress in my life. And it may seem strange to continue to create content at this time, but I’m going to explore new ways to create content that makes me happy and still serves my audience and expressing my vision for my brand.

Thank you for reading! Please stay safe and healthy. Let me know how you’re going to continue to embrace self-care during COVID-19. I’d love to hear it.

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