The Importance of Self Care in COVID 2020

Keeping yourself healthy during these times of health crisis is so important.

Many of us feel overwhelmed caring for the family, teaching, and especially so, if you are working longer hours or it could be the stress of not having a job.

Try remaining calm and lower your stress to help you make it through the day; while taking care of your family needs.

In these uncertain times it is normal to feel more stressed than normal including anxiety, fears, angers, or sadness, helplessness or discouragement.

 

Tips for Self-care in 2020

You will be better equipped to help your family and friends during these difficult times by taking care of your own health first.

  1. Physical tips for self-care:
  • Give your body good fuel by eating well.
  • Give yourself time to sleep, this is the time your body builds up its immune system and gets rid of toxins.
  • Do some form of exercise to help destress, even if its yoga or meditation or stretching, it does not need to be aerobic.
  • Deep breathing exercises help bring in oxygen, helping cells function better and it relaxes you.
  1. Mental tips for your self-care:
  • Focus on what you can control, like in the home.
  • Use the technology available to keep connected socially to family and friends.
  • Pray or just find the things you can be grateful for, whether it’s a supporting family, job or friend; it helps to keep your thoughts more focused.
  • Listen to soft music, or read a book
  • Limit exposure to news and only listen to reliable sourced news.
  • Appreciate ways the community is helping others, if you have time see if you can help in some manner, it can make you feel better about yourself. 

Follow recommended CDC guidelines to stay healthy as far as basic recommended cleanliness and distancing. 

Alternative Self-care for You and Your Families Health 

  1. Take extra vitamin C, vitamin B and vitamin D plus Zinc during times of health crisis and stress to boost your immune system.
  2. If you think stress if overwhelming you, supplement with some Ashwagandha or Rhodiola, these adaptogen herbs help with both immune and stress issues.
  3. Herbal teas can help to calm the anxiety and depression. Suggest drinking chamomile, lemon balm, tulsi (holy basil) or rooibos teas.
  4. Try to stay away from toxic pesticides, air pollution, or food additives which have negative effects on the immune system. 

Remember that working together is much better for us all. Eventually, things will get better but it may take time. Keeping yourself healthy is of critical importance during these times of COVID in 2020.

 

References:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/tulsi-tea.html

https://draxe.com/nutrition/rhodiola-benefits-burning-fat-for-energy-and-beating-depression/

https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/self-care-tips-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

https://thedo.osteopathic.org/2020/03/covid-19-maintaining-your-mental-health-during-a-pandemic/

Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.

 

 

Written by Cynthia Burrows