Here are some self-care activities that you and your loved ones can try while at home:
Go on a Walk
Being at home and staying stationary for long periods of time may take a toll on individuals’ physical and mental wellbeing. If you start to feel constrained, and this feeling is negatively impacting your mindset — step outside for some fresh air and take a walk in your neighbourhood! This can help you refresh your perspective and enlighten your mind, as you exercise your body while beginning to feel revitalized. This self-care activity can increase endorphins, which can lighten moods and lead people to feel more at ease about the current situation.
Take up a new Hobbies
With all this extra time on our hands, this can be the perfect opportunity to start any activity you have always wanted to try. One can brush up on their painting skills, read a new genre of books, or start practicing yoga — which can pose as a new and exciting challenge.
Mindfulness meditation and breathing can help alleviate current negative emotions and thoughts, calming the mind and body down. Many individuals may have anxiety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, experiencing ruminating thoughts about fears of the unknown. Engaging in mindfulness breathing exercises can reduce the prevalence of rumination, leading to individuals relaxing their minds and bodies — to experience serenity.
As we all try to navigate these unprecedented times, it is essential to remember to take care of oneself. If you feel like you need to speak to someone, and are considering counselling, Reflection Centre has an array of experienced clinicians offering a variety of services. We can work with individuals, youth, and families to combat any presenting concerns. Reach out to us if you have any questions regarding counselling, self-care, or mental health – you are not alone!