Self-care routines can be beneficial to have in this time of a pandemic. Since social distancing practices to slow the spread of COVID-19 has left many with uneasiness, wellness practices have become a part of people’s routines.
There are many ways to take care of your mind and body all while still social distancing at home.
Having structure in your day allows you to feel productive and allows you to get what you need to get done. Adding structure in your day can also help relieve feelings of anxiety.
“When quarantine first started I was sleeping late and waking up even later, there was no structure in my day,” said Bianca Ruvalcaba, a Senior on campus. “I noticed that about two weeks in I started to feel kind of depressed, and unmotivated. By week three of quarantine, I decided to stick to a consistent schedule and now I feel like I’m back to my regular self.”
Another way to keep your mind and body healthy during this pandemic is by being active and working out. Currently, the gyms are closed but who’s to say that you can’t have a great workout from home? There are plenty of resources available, such as online Zoom workouts hosted by fit camps and gyms. Youtube also has a wide variety of home workouts, some being only twenty minutes long.
“I was highly upset that the gyms closed because I had never tried to workout from home,” said Fontana resident, Braulio Gonzalez. “I thought, well there goes my two months of progress, but I have been doing Youtube workouts these last four weeks and, honestly, they aren’t bad at all. These Youtube workouts are basically what’s getting me by.”
Another self care tip during this pandemic is to start a project you’ve always wanted to start. For some, now is the time to clean out that closet you’ve always wanted to clean out. Others might find joy in starting a new project around the house such as painting the backyard fence. Having something to do will help you feel productive.
“My dad and I decided to finally clean out the garage,” said Katherine Lyttle, a Riverside resident. “We had been holding off on doing this for such a long time now. It did take us about six hours to clean, but we got it done and relaxed after. We definitely felt amazing afterwards.”
By focusing on having a consistent schedule, a solid workout routine and keeping yourself busy with projects around the house, you are contributing to your overall mental and physical health.