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Social distancing and staying at home are becoming the new normal across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. While these practices are helping to slow the spread of coronavirus, they can also make it a bit more challenging to get in your pampering time. But even if your favorite hair salon or massage clinic is closed, you can still pamper yourself at home in a few key ways.
Why Self-Care Matters During a Pandemic Like COVID-19
You may be feeling stressed right now. Maybe you’re worried, anxious or overwhelmed. Maybe you’re not sleeping well, or you don’t have an appetite.
Stress affects us all differently. It can take a toll on your mind. You may have trouble concentrating or remembering. Stress may also manifest in physical ways. You may have:
- Digestive problems, like diarrhea
- High blood pressure
- Muscle tension
- Pain, such as headaches or backaches
- Skin rashes
Self-care can be the best tool in lowering your stress levels and keeping yourself healthy. It’s not just pampering — it’s prioritizing yourself.
How to Pamper Yourself at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic
It may seem hard to fit in some self-care at home, especially if you’re surrounded by other family members. Finding a place or activity strictly for yourself can make a difference.
If needed, ask others to not interrupt or distract you during your me-time. And give them the same courtesy and distance during theirs.
Looking for ways to pamper yourself at home? You can get started with traditional or spa-like pampering, like:
- Deep stretching and breathing exercises
- Giving yourself a facial or manicure
- Taking a relaxing bath
Pampering in Other Ways
If those ideas aren’t your speed, you can also practice self-care by:
- Cooking up a much-loved meal
- Reading a book or magazine
- Replaying a favorite sports event
- Starting a new hobby
- Taking a walk in your local park
- Virtually visiting your favorite museum
- Watching a favorite TV show or movie
Not sure how to fit in some self-care time? Put it in your calendar, with a specific day and time. You may be more apt to stick to it then.
Other Ways to Take Care of Yourself at Home
As you make time for some self-care, keep the following tips in mind, too. They can help further reduce your stress levels.
Take Breaks From the News
Constantly reading and watching coverage about coronavirus can spike your stress levels. Schedule time — ideally only once or twice a day — to check the news.
Reach Out to Family and Friends
You can better support yourself by supporting others. Talking with friends and family can bring you closer together. Even sending a text or message via social media can help you feel connected. If you have children, you can do a lot to help them cope, too.
There is a lot of misinformation circulating about novel coronavirus. Knowing the facts can help you feel more in control and lower your stress levels. When looking for the latest information, turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and these other trusted sources.
Focus on Staying Healthy
Frequent hand-washing and using hand sanitizer are good strategies for fending off germs, including those from coronavirus. So, too, are sleeping well and exercising. In fact, physical activity can help fight depression and anxiety by raising the level of endorphins in your body. These chemicals can boost your mood naturally.
We’re Here for You and Your Family
Looking for other ways to take care of yourself and manage stress? Find that and other resources on our Coronavirus Resource Hub. We’re here to help you and your family get through this uncertain time.