How To Make Time For Self-Care In A Global Pandemic

How To Make Time For Self-Care In A Global Pandemic

As flowers bloom, don’t just spring clean stuff, take this time to reset mentally too


Let’s talk about spring and self-care for a moment. And we don’t just mean the “second spring” (aka “menopause) - we’re talking about spring on the whole. Frost melting, birds chirping, flowers blooming, and the odd bout of hay fever - that spring. 


Spring is, in a lot of ways, a great metaphor for life. It’s nature’s do-over and nature’s wellbeing guide. You see, the seeds we sow right now - despite the bizarre circumstances of the world around us - are the harvest we’ll reap later, once this all blows over as it will at some point. Like in nature, plants only grow when the seeds they’re born from have been nourished well, cared for, sunned, loved, watered, germinated. Our wellbeing needs that same investment. We need to invest in the inevitable change that will come with the next spring. 


If this all sounds a little too flower child philosophies to you, we want you to know two things. The first - we don’t blame you; “self-care” is such a buzzword nowadays. And the second - self-care doesn’t have to be this grand gesture of love we make to ourselves. For ourselves.


It can be sprinkling sesame seeds on your avocados and eggs in the morning for an extra boost of vitamin B1, or it can mean taking the time to write out your thoughts at the end of each day in that journal you picked up but never used.


Here are five things you can do while in quarantine to help you focus on your wellbeing, whether you’re nearing your autumnal season (metaphorically speaking, we mean) or not:


Meditation 

Mindfulness meditation is all the rage nowadays, but depending on what works for you, meditation can be whatever you want it to be. If you’re someone who can sit on a meditation cushion for hours and concentrate on her breath - great! And if you’re someone who cannot stand the sight of a meditation cushion and prefers listening to cello covers of pop songs - that’s great too! There are so many options out there, so do some research and start ticking your options off the list. You might find, after sometime, you like more than one form of meditation. We find gratitude meditation goes with everything. Which leads us to our next point…


Journaling and gratitude journaling

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have access to a mobile device of some sort. Maybe you have internet, maybe you have running water and soap, maybe you have a closet full of clothes? 


When was the last time you were grateful for the things and the people in your life? 


Developing a gratitude practice is an easy task when you think about it. Even on the worst of days, you’ll have something to be thankful for. Jot all these things, people, memories down into a journal at the beginning or the end of the day and you’ll find a change in the way you view the world. Even five bullet points count. Ditto bullet pointing your daily reflections instead of penning pages if that’s not your style. 


Diet and lifestyle changes

We talked about [these] a bit earlier too [include link to blog post 1 to build backlinks]. But think of the things you’ve been meaning to do but put off for the longest time -giving up caffeine? Eating more plant-based protein? (Let’s not forget [these are all also things that’ll prevent and soothe feminine dryness as well as menopausal symptoms] - bonus!)


But if you’ve been meaning to start exercising or take up yoga, now that you’re home for extended periods of time is the perfect time to start. Again - you don’t have to be a jogger or a CrossFit enthusiast to get active. Some people find their bliss in pilates, others in gardening, and others still in taking the dog for a walk. 


Our point is - quarantine is odd. There’s no denying that staying put while the world works to eradicate a disease is not “normal.” But think of this as an opportunity. We’re not suggesting you have to write your best work right now (like Shakespeare did during the plague) or devise calculus (like Newton) - we’re saying this is a season in which to reflect. Sift through what matters to you, work on yourself and your priorities. The world will get busy again, but you’ll go back to it so much better if you know the person wearing your shoes, and if you’re kind to them. 


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Keywords 

Self-care 

Wellbeing

Quarantine

Mindfulness meditation

Meditation cushion

Gratitude meditation


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Briefing notes


Spring germination of seeds analogy

Recipes - focused on what we recommended blog post

Exercise, pilates, yoga

And practicing gratitude

Journaling

Spring cleaning

Opens aperture to want to care for our body - one step leads to the next

Take in the quietness of the season

Gardening,

Reading list for menopause



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