Optimizing Self-care for You: Self-care During the Pandemic
While many people already engage in a self-care routine, intentional effort and a clear strategy are necessary to yield the desired results.
Written by: Ho Yeung Liu, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Self-care is an important concept that has gained more prominence due to the pandemic. The pandemic has affected our lives in several ways, including increased isolation, the inability to pursue hobbies, and the propagation of fear on the news and social media. In this context, it is essential to explore the concept of self-care, what it means, and how to effectively partake in it during the pandemic.
The idea of self-care can be somewhat difficult to grasp without a clear understanding of what it means and how it works. Among the various definitions of self-care, two pillars stand out: caring for oneself when not functioning optimally and engaging in pleasurable activities in a proactive, protective manner. Focusing on these two pillars can provide a solid foundation for developing an effective self-care plan during the pandemic.
While many people already engage in a self-care routine, intentional effort and a clear strategy are necessary to yield the desired results. Simple activities such as listening to music or doing at-home exercise can be effective forms of self-care when done correctly. For example, actively listening to music while practicing mindfulness has been demonstrated to promote relaxation and improved mood. Similarly, realistic physical goals that can be continued over time and include accountability, such as forming a group chat, can make exercise an effective form of self-care. Finally, practicing mindfulness during everyday activities, such as dishwashing, can increase cognitive and emotional benefits.
In conclusion, developing a flexible and enforced self-care plan is necessary to take care of ourselves during these challenging times. It is crucial to prioritize self-care to show up for ourselves and others effectively.