Self-Care for Self-Quarantine

Stay positive.

Something that’s been keeping a smile on my face during this time are the bright stories rising out of the darkness of a pandemic. I’m low with the unknowns and anxiety, then my friend asks me if I’ve seen the video of the workout instructor in Spain giving a rooftop workout class to all his neighbors on their balconies. I’m unsure of what will come of all of this, and then I hear my cousin share that she’s never felt closer to her friends in about four years, and they have a facetime-dress-up-dinner-party planned for this weekend. I worry about our economy and how we will all rebound from this, and I hear story after story of others donating, sharing, and stepping up for each other. From neighbors, to foreign countries, to strangers on the internet — community resilience is a beautiful thing.

Get creative!

Everyone’s home lives, I’m sure, are drastically different between location, children or no children, rural or urban, but I believe there are ways to indulge in some creative self care — for everyone. Finger paint with your kids, pick up scrapbooking again, draw, make crafts. What’s unique here, is you can challenge yourself to get extra creative, by working with what you already have. Don’t have the “right” paper for your paints? See what happens when you paint on fabric, newspaper, or that old piece of wood that’s sat in your side yard for 6 years. Don’t have paint? Draw with what you do have, or get inspired to use mediums you’ve never tried before…

Remember: self-care is not selfish.

This is a perfect time to practice this difficult feat. You’re allowed to “do nothing” right now. You’re allowed to slow down. Your productivity doesn’t have to equate with your self-worth. Take care of yourself.

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