With all the uncertainty currently in the world, it’s perfectly normal to feel stressed and anxious. During times like this, it is especially important to be kind to yourself by practicing self-care and finding comfort. Maybe you’re missing your friends, want to help the current situation but don’t know how, or are craving a change in scenery. While nothing can replace real human contact and exploring the world without worrying about physical distancing, we put together some of our favorite resources making these changes a little more bearable. From fun ways you can help others to embarking on a virtual day trip, we hope these 9 at home self-care activities bring you a little bit of comfort.
1. Connect with FriendsConnecting with your friends is a great way to find comfort. Although we can’t see our friends IRL, we can still support and brighten eachothers day! A “thinking of you” call or text is always appreciated but if you want to do something a little different try these ideas:
- Send some old fashioned snail mail! You can even send them a potato. Yup, a potato. Use Potato Parcel to brighten your friends' day!
- Movie night! Use Chrome add-ins like Netflix Party to stream a show or movie together.
- Pick a recipe for you and a friend to each try and then enjoy dinner together!
2. Read a good book
Cozy up with a cup of tea and escape to another world. All you need is a book! Audible is currently offering select books for free or you can check out music streaming services like Spotify for audiobooks. This is also a great opportunity to start a virtual book club with your friends. Comment below with your favorite book recommendations!
3.Get involved and brighten the day of a stranger
Wish you could do something to help? Get involved!
- Since nursing home patients are not allowed to get visitors, sending them mail or giving them a call is a great way to brighten their day, and likely your day too. Check here and here for ways to help.
- Love to sew? Check with local hospitals to see if they are accepting homemade facemasks or send them to loved ones. Use the Joann’s tutorial here and help them reach their goal of donating 100 million masks!
4. Get some sun and fresh air
Channel your inner cat and find a sunbeam to bask in. Being in nature can increase serotonin (a happy brain chemical) and lower cortisol (a stress hormone). Although we don’t have open access to the great outdoors at this time, we can still get a little bit of sunshine and some fresh air! Take a walk, ground yourself by walking barefoot in the grass, have a cup of coffee or read a book outside. Don’t forget to open a window for some fresh air and add some calming nature sounds if you want to take it to the next level.
5. Take a virtual day trip
Did your travel plans get canceled or are you just in need of some new scenery outside of your neighborhood? Take a virtual day trip and explore somewhere new! Whether it’s a national park, live shows, or museum tours, there are many resources that allow you to take a trip away from reality. Below are our top 3 favorite:
- Explore.org is our favorite for wildlife! They have all sorts of live streams including cute kittens, majestic bald eagles, and aquarium exhibits.
- It’s never too early to start planning your next trip...even if you can’t set dates yet. Check out Airbnb and plan your dream vacation or look for unique places to stay!
- Need an ocean fix? Take a dive into a National Marine Sanctuary or discover ways you can help the ocean even from home.
6. Declutter your space
Since you might be getting tired of being in the same spot, take some time to reinvent your space! Decluttering allows you to free up space and organize your belongings, reducing stress as a result. Check out some organization tips from Marie Kando or Pinterest for inspiration. If you get really inspired and end up with items you’d like to donate, first see if any of the items can be repurposed! If not, please make sure that the center is still accepting donations before dropping them off.
7. Learn a new skill
Whether it's finishing that painting project, learning a new makeup technique, or making all those Pinterest DIYs come to life, now is the time! Below is some inspo to get you started:
- Art: Painting, embroidery, sewing, crafting, doodling, crochet, jewelry making, photography, creative writing, learning an instrument
- Academic: learn a new language, take an online course, try some fun science experiments
- Home improvement: fix things around the house and look for fun hacks/upgrades on Pinterest
- Games: learn a new card game, find some online games, break out your old Nintendo and see how your Nintendogs are doing, set up an obstacle course in your space
- Beauty: try new makeup techniques, learn a new hairstyle, learn nail art
8. DIY Spa Day
Still feeling stressed or overwhelmed? We got you. Bring the spa into your home for a day of pampering. Start a bubble bath, put on a face mask, and light a candle. If you don’t have any masks, head to the kitchen to make your own! Here’s a list of some of our favorites. Don’t forget to set the mood with some relaxing music and allow your worries to melt alway.
9. Move your body!
Try to take a few moments each day to check-in with yourself. How are you feeling? How is your body feeling? It’s important to take care of your mental and physical well-being so that we can make better choices for ourselves. Even taking a few minutes to breathe deeply or stretch can have enormous positive effects. So check-in and connect with yourself. And when in doubt, move that body! Here are some of our favorite resources below:
- There’s workouts for all levels on YouTube and we love breaking a sweat with MadFit’s HIIT workouts, flowing with Yoga with Adriene, and dancing it out with some Zumba!
- Physical and mental health go hand in hand; check out a meditation app like Insight Timer to help ease your mind.
- Turn a TV show or movie into a fitness game! Check out Buzzfeed for some inspo.
- Channel your inner child! Jumping rope, learning to juggle, making your own obstacle course, or even running in circles helps you focus on the present and get into your body.
Even though we’re all spending most of our time at home, it doesn’t mean that we should stop taking time for ourselves or having some fun. Do daily check-ins and evaluate your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends or ask for help when needed. What are some of your favorite at home activities? How do you and your friends stay connected? We’d love to read your suggestions in the comments section below. Hoping all of you stay safe and healthy!