Self-Care during COVID-19

I just wanted to take a moment to make sure you continue prioritizing your Health + Happiness. With Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan now in full swing I just wanted to provide you guys with some tips for self-care that I've personally found useful during these past few months: 

  1. Get your sleep! Having a consistent sleep schedule is crucial for your mental health, you gotta help your brain and body bring out your best self by getting proper rest. I personally use the bedtime app which can be found in your clock settings on all iPhones. It's a great way to track your sleep and keep your sleep schedule consistent. 
     
  2. Have a productive morning routine. "Your strength is in your routine." Find something that makes you happy and make time for yourself first. Whether it's getting your daily exercise, having a cup of tea, doing some light reading or journaling, a consistent start to your day will help you maintain a semblance of normalcy and set you up for a successful day. Personally, I like to exercise and get my heart rate up first thing in the morning. This gives me a sense of accomplishment to begin my day and allows me to clear my mind so I can mentally be at my best. 

  3. Set limits to your screen time. With 24-hour news cycles it can be extremely difficult to keep our eyes away from our screens. Find a healthy limit for yourself that lets you stay informed and not get overwhelmed, There are settings on most phones to track and monitor this. 
     
  4. Express gratitude. Learn to appreciate the small things in life. Write down a list of things that you are grateful for. Your list can include anything from having a bed to sleep in to a dear friend. This is a great way to remind yourself of all of life's beautiful blessings that we sometimes take for granted. 
     
  5. Stay connected to friends and family. Whether on the phone, through FaceTime, or in a socially-distanced setting, make sure to stay connected to the people who lift up your spirits, and be such a presence for them as well. 
     
  6. Make a to-do list. Make a list of tasks small and large to work towards and accomplish, everything from cleaning out that supply closet to planning that post-covid party, feeling productive and accomplished is key!
It has been a difficult time in many ways, but as always, there are lessons and positives to come with every experience. Phase 3 means we're in the home stretch, but we're far from in the clear; as numbers have begun to rise over the past 72 hours let's make sure we continue to do our part. I urge you to take this time to reevaluate and ground yourself, when the world fully opens up again I hope you too can look back at all this as a learning experience. Until then, take care of yourself, and keep living with Purpose!