50 Self-Care ideas for the Sequestered…
Not a title I ever thought before about writing, but here we are. Caring for yourself is essential to living well through stress and caring well for others.
Here’s a few of our favorite ideas:
- Start your morning with silence and solitude. Take some deep breaths, remember we’ll get through this, and commit yourself to peace, kindness, lightheartedness, and joy.
- Take a long walk with someone, or by yourself. You can add kids, dog, music, podcast…
- Ride a bike. It doesn’t take long to get somewhere beautiful!
- Watch an old favorite movie (Top Gun & Back to the Future)
- Read that book. Or re-read a favorite.
- Get up and take a shower. Get dressed, or lounge around in cozy pajamas. Your choice
- Sleep in… why not? Also, take a nap. Sleep is a superfood!
- Cook some delicious recipes (for a bonus, make a little extra and take to a neighbor)
- Help someone else. Who needs help around you?
- “Social Distancing” doesn’t mean isolation. Call someone and talk. And hug your family.
- Skip a news cycle and play a board game. You’ve certainly got time for Monopoly now.
- When’s the last time you colored? Or painted?
- Write someone a note or letter, and mail it.
- Buy some fresh flowers and make a bouquet. Dust off that vase and fill it up. My local florist has BUEATIFUL flowers at great prices. Thanks Federico’s!
- Buy some popsicles. And make paper airplanes.
- Finish a project around the house. Repairing, fixing, or finishing something feels really good! Now cross it off your list.
- Start a new upbeat podcast series. I still love This American Life (episode 692 is a must!), and Death, Sex & Money (here’s an episode on coronavirus toolkit)
- Order some comfort food to be delivered, and give an exorbitant tip. Both will be appreciated.
- Stream and binge-watch a new series, alone or together as a family.
- Make a great cup of tea. Take your time, do it well, and enjoy it.
- Download a free fitness app, or look online for workouts that require no equipment. Burbees anyone?
- Start a journal – record your thoughts. Start a “gratitude” or “delight” journal
- Have a karaoke or dance party. Turn up the music, turn down the lights, and sing and dance your heart out! No one is watching!
- Facetime, Skype, or Zoom with loved ones. Technology is great!
- Remind yourself and those around you, we’ll get through this.
- Bake something – cookies, bread, tortillas, brownies or beignets
- Picnic in the front yard
- Camp in the backyard
- Clean your jewelry (you’re likely not wearing it)
- Take a bubble bath
- Clean out a drawer or closet
- Plant some new flowers
- Use chalk to write friendly messages on your sidewalk. #chalkthewalk
- Jump on a bed and have a pillow fight
- Watch the sunset. My weather app tells me what time the sun rises and sets daily.
- Work a puzzle
- Make a home movie
- Clean a fan
- Send a letter to your grandparents.
- Make a new playlist of songs that energize you
- Make love. Maybe do it differently.
- Call someone stuck at home alone, and talk a little longer
- Call an old friend. Or better yet, video conference.
- Listen to that Fun. album, Some Nights. Sing along. “We’ll put one foot in front of the other”, & “Tonight. We are young. So lets set the world on fire. We can burn brighter than the sun!”
- Take stock of your pantry and make a new dish. Do you have all the ingredients for homemade grilled pizza?
- Massage each other. Touch
- Family pedicures!
- Make a Christmas tree ornament to memorialize this time
- Develop that side-hustle
- Check out your library’s digital content – ebooks and audiobooks galore.
Joke of the day (from Stephen Colbert): Q: When do kids return to school, Mr. Secretary of Education, Alice Cooper?
What are some of your self-care favorites? Add to the list and share it with your friends! Perhaps sequestration will force us all into a self-care revolution!
And yes, we offer Teletherapy services.