COVID-19 has required all of us to make some pretty significant adjustments to our lives. For me, I have been furloughed from my full-time job, started homeschooling my children, and now spend a good portion of my day cooking and cleaning (ugh). To keep my sanity, I’ve made a conscious effort to engage in some form of self- care regularly.
In my opinion, self-care is meant to be rejuvenating and not rigorous, or restrictive so focusing solely on nutrition and exercise is not my idea of self-care. Of course, nourishing your body and moving more are great ways to take care of yourself, but not when they take the form of disordered eating patterns and/or extreme exercise to lose or maintain weight.
Instead of focusing on weight management and calling it self-care, it’s important to find other ways to engage in activities that make you feel your best.
Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
1) Get a hobby: This is a stressful time, so taking some time to engage in an activity you enjoy will help keep stress levels low and support overall mental health.
Examples: Gardening, Paint by stickers, Adult coloring books, Cooking, Dancing, Painting, Crafting, etc.
2) Focus on moving: Engaging in some form of physical activity has many benefits ( better sleep, increased flexibility, improved mood, and stress management). Unfortunately, many feel obligated to push themselves well beyond their limit to prove that they are putting in the work. Finding something you enjoy will be more sustainable and prevent injury.
3) Get some sleep
4) Nourish yourself properly: Instead of focusing on what you think you should restrict focus on new ways to make nutrition exciting.
- Try new recipes.
- Learn a new cooking technique or master your current skills.
- Focus on truly honoring your hunger instead of ignoring it.
Proper self-care is about engaging in activities that revitalize or make you feel good. So it is important to focus on behaviors that encourage this.