10 ways to practice self-care during social distancing

It’s more important than ever to #FlattenTheCurve and take care of our physical and mental health

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in 2020 feeling much like a dystopian, the-world-is-about-to-end film. Everything feels chaotic, uncertain and changes to our lifestyles are occurring every day. As cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, governments across the globe are implementing strict lockdowns and social distancing guidelines to protect communities.

The goal of social distancing is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and in turn, alleviate the pressure placed on our healthcare system. This is what experts are referring to as, #FlattenTheCurve. Individuals are being encouraged to stay at home, for work, study and socialising. Implementing these behaviours saves lives.

If you’re young and healthy you may not experience a severe case of coronavirus, you may not experience any symptoms at all. However, you can still be a carrier of COVID-19. There is a significantly high chance that you will pass on the virus to someone who will experience severe symptoms. The vulnerable members of our communities — the elderly, the immunosuppressed, those with pre-existing chronic conditions — need our support more than ever. They need everyone to be diligent and responsible. Take care of yourself, your loved ones and your broader community.

Whether you’re in total lockdown, a 14-day quarantine or simply practicing social distancing, these 10 acts of self-care will benefit you throughout the process.

1. Watch your favourite artist perform live

It’s heartbreaking, not knowing when it will be safe to experience concerts on a large scale again. To ease the pain, pop over to YouTube and search for live performances of your favourite artists. If you really want to set the mood, connect your device to Bluetooth speakers. Turn the lights off and dance your way through isolation, imagining that you’re front row.

2. Binge EVERYTHING

Now is the time to binge-watch your favourite TV shows and start everything on your “to-watch list”. The best part? You can do it guilt-free, because the more time you’re spending watching TV or films in bed, the more lives you’re saving. We recommend a Friends marathon, Netflix’s Cheer and maybe even some classic Spongebob.


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3. Meditate

During pandemics, anxiety levels run high and understandably so. It’s important to switch off, especially from social media and news updates. Apps such as Calm are offering users free meditation tools to ensure they aren’t neglecting their mental health.

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4. Exercise

Iconic queen Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy,” and we all need some happiness in our lives. Again, YouTube has you covered. Whether you want something high-intensity like boxing, or something relaxing like yoga, set aside some time to get your body moving.

5. Call family and friends

You’re not in this alone, despite how isolating social distancing can feel. Regularly call your family and friends, especially via video chat. It’s one of the best ways to achieve connection, feel warmth and love, without putting other lives at risk.

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6. Clean and organise your space

Working and living in a clean, organised space is beneficial to your physical and mental health. Hygiene must be a priority with COVID-19 on the rise, however, you can also use social distancing to get creative. Redecorate, change up your living space. Personalise where you will be spending the most time, so you feel most comfortable.

7. Go on a virtual holiday

It isn’t safe to travel in the current climate, however, many videos allow you to discover the world from the comfort of your own bed. Goodbye flight delays and expensive bookings, hello paradise!

8. Pamper yourself

Have a bubble bath, put on a face mask…do whatever it is that makes you feel most relaxed. Much like meditating, pampering yourself is a great way to momentarily escape the stress and check in with yourself.

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9. Read

Reading is a powerful form of escapism. It allows you to journey through worlds separate from your own. If you’re eager to fall in love with new characters and plots, why not start with your favourite celebrities most-loved books?

10. Write

It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be lengthy, it could even just be a tweet. It’s important during chaotic times like these, that you express what you’re feeling and thinking. Writing is a powerful release and an outlet that is always available to you, whether it be via your smartphone or a journal by your bed.

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