Each day feels like an apocalyptic movie. We’re in a pandemic. People are dying. The economy is suffering. And, not even a pandemic halts hate crimes and police brutality (Ahmaud Arbrey, Breonna Taylor). To say that these are trying times is a colossal understatement. I personally have felt my anxiety rise over the last few months.
They say that energy is neither created nor destroyed, but can be transformed from one form to another. Self care is an amazing way to channel negativity into positivity. Self Care can take several forms, and it all depends on your life and the things that take you to a better place in a nurturing and healthy way.
Below are a few ways that I’m practicing self care during this turbulent time, and I seek to continue these practices for the longterm. Hopefully, you’ll draw some inspiration to adopt similar practices into your own daily routine.
Connecting with my tribe
Intimate connections are vital for our overall wellbeing. Although we should continue our social distancing, we should not forgo our personal relationships. Make sure you speak to at least one important person in your life everyday, wether it be a friend, family member, spiritual mentor, and/or any other significant person in your life.
If you don’t necessarily have anyone in your life you can connect with, then don’t panic. Social media can really help! If you’d like to form some connections with others, you can visit affirming chat rooms and find other positive online spaces with likeminded folks to speak with.
As someone who’s struggled with anxiety and depression for much of my life, I can definitely attest to the power of therapy. It’s taken me a while to find the right counselor for me, but I’m thankful to have found someone I trust. If you’re open to therapy, you should give it a try.
If you’re unable to afford a therapist, you’re definitely not alone. There are several options that you can pursue. This Popsugar article outlines some tips for people to receive free counseling.
Channelling my creativity
Since getting furloughed, I have more free time to explore my artistic interests. I’ve always loved photography, and lately, I’ve put my camera to good use (I use the Cannon T5i rebel with a 50mm lens). You can check out my Instagram and look at some of the photos I’ve taken over the past week. I’m definitely no expert, but photography helps to bring me peace. It’s also really fun!
I’m a bookworm, so reading has always been a positive outlet for me. I read everything from my bible, to poetry, to romance novels, and lots of other genres. I consider reading part of my “me time” when I can take a break from the craziness of the world. I recently posted a pic on my Instagram of some of the books on my furlough reading list on my Instagram (picture curtsey of moi):
I don’t what you must be going through during this time, but I can promise that you’re not alone. Please take care of yourself, and set aside some time each day to nurture your mental health and overall wellness. Self care = self love.