7 self love ways to stay sane during covid-19

Mar 24, 2020
Written by
Amberly Sabourin
Photographed by
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aintaining a self-love routine from the comfort of your own home during this pandemic. 

Right now, we are all in a world of uncertainty about what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, or even next month, with this covid-19 outbreak. The most important thing we can do as human beings for human beings is to ourselves in our homes until everything returns back to normal. To some, this may seem easy, to others this may seem difficult, and there are those out there for which this is impossible to do, due to the line of work they are in.

There are a few ways that you can handle being isolated for a minimum of 14 days. It’s going to be somewhere between disregarding all routine and laze around 24/7, to keeping routines alive in the comfort of your own home and implementing new ones in replacement of the ones you can’t do from home. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is to keep our body and minds moving and in a sense of peace. Not just for ourselves, but for those around us as well.

Movement

Our bodies need us to move for at least 30 minutes a day. Whether that be through yoga, walking, or your favourite form of exercise, it’s important to get moving. Many therapeutic treatments that we have taken for granted are now not at our fingertips and it’s up to each of us to individually take care of our bodies the way they need us to.

Reading

Reading for 30 minutes a day is also a good idea. Something other than what is all of the news. Whether it’s your favourite non-fiction or a personal development novel, get those creative brain juices flowing and feed yourself some sort of knowledge, inspiration and love. Whatever makes your heart skip a beat and keeps you on the edge of your seat and eager to flip to the next page.

Connect

Talk to at least one loved one, once a day. Get on a video chat or give someone you love and that you can’t see in person during this time a call. This will fulfill what’s missing by not being able to be out in the world and socializing like we are so very used to. Talk about something other than what’s on the news. Share stories. Talk about memories. You can even play games with each other, like Scrabble (online) or 21 questions.

Clean

Clean one section of your home a day that doesn’t normally get cleaned. Organize an area in your home and give it a good wipe down. Whatever cleaning looks like, take on one section in your home a day. You’d be surprised how rewarding this feels once it is complete. Especially when you clean something that has been neglected for so long because it’s not a priority in your day to day life.

Relax

Meditate. For some, this is foreign. You don’t even know where to begin. And that is completely okay. What’s most important to know about meditating is that it is no one size fits all. There are endless ways of meditating. Research it. Find what style suits you and then practice it at least once a day for 5 minutes, to start. You will likely find a sense of peace through it. You will become grounded and calm, and this will keep you positive through the experience of being quarantined. Positivity is what we need to hang on to in times like these. It is what will allow us to not only survive but thrive through these hardships.

Gratitude

Every morning and night write a minimum of 3 things you are grateful for in your life. This too will keep you in a positive mindset. You will begin to notice yourself naturally seeing all of the positive things around you that you are eternally grateful for. You will begin to feel abundant for what you do have instead of feeling deprived from the things we no longer have access to that we took for granted not realizing how quick it could be taken away. 

Other ideas

Among these daily routines, there are so many more you could implement in your daily lives while being isolated. Write, blog, play, watch a movie or tv series, work on a personal project, draw, color, cook/meal prep, learn how to play music, or speak a different language, etc.

Most importantly, keep yourselves in some sort of a routine. From the moment you wake to the moment you go to sleep. Keep yourself on a sufficient sleep schedule. Eat three meals a day and consider taking on the above to keep yourself in a positive mindset.

Love yourself enough to take these routines on and/or keep them going. You will thank yourself in the future when all of this is behind us.

Stay safe out there my loves.

Love always,

Amberly

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