Following a Self-Care Routine during COVID-19

We all have that one thing we do in the morning before we start our day. For some of us it’s having that first cup of coffee, for others it might be exercising. Whatever your routine, has it been impacted by the pandemic?  Now more than ever it  many  of us are struggling to cope with the added stress of COVID, let alone maintain our normal  self-care routine. It’s no secret that for a large majority of Americans,  it’s taking a toll mentally and physically. With all that 2020 has had to offer us this year, it’s no wonder we may feel like we’re losing our minds. That’s why it’s so important to create structure, provide ourselves with a sense of accomplishment and be proactive in improving our mental health each and every day.

The ongoing pandemic that is COVID-19 has had innumerable effects on various areas of our day to day lives. So much so that some of us may have lost all sight in even maintaining a productive self-care routine or we may have adopted ruinous behaviors and habits that have us struggling to function still dressed in our pjs. While for some, a pj lifestyle doesn’t seem so bad, believe me, it can have a lasting effect on our mental and physical health. Securing a routine that works best for you and/or your family is crucial in navigating through these uncertain times.

Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle in general can greatly impact our well-being and even more so during the current pandemic. The way we continue to approach these ever challenging days will greatly affect our physical and mental states. In doing so, adopting healthy eating habits is a great place to start in building a foundation of a strong body and mind. Implementing a self-care routine can impact so many different areas of our lives that it’s important to adopt habits that support a solid foundation. Eating healthy, aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep, some form of exercise, and even the simple task of just stretching or taking deep breaths throughout the day, are all ways you can implement helpful habits.

Many of us find ourselves working from home, especially if you’re not considered an essential worker. In developing your self-care routine it is important to find ways to pair what is familiar and worked well in our lives prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Engaging in a “mental commute” that transitions yourself from work to home can help make that adjustment. Creating zones in your home to differentiate work, school, leisure or community areas can assist with following routine and create boundaries that help us to engage in that “mental commute”.

By establishing these behaviors and habits we can create balance and structure and some sense of normalcy. Finding the perfect balance that works for you can be difficult so it’s important to take the time to note what your stressors and anxieties are and remember, you are not alone! 

During the stay at home orders, or if you’re continuing to practice social distancing, it’s easy to feel like you’re by oneself, even if you have been quarantined with others. Knowing you’re not alone in this struggle to find balance or structure or inner peace while living in a constant state of change and uncertainty is important to keep in mind. Sounds easy right? For many, it may not be, if you’ve reached that mental capacity like so many of us have, it’s important to seek help. Whether it’s FaceTiming a friend or scheduling a zoom call with family or even just picking up the phone, it’s important to stay connected and even if after all of that you still find yourself struggling, remember there are other resources out there you can take advantage of.

The safe space and compassionate judgement free environment that The Denning Center has created through their facility in San Antonio, TX is just one of many resources available to you. Adopting a self-care routine can directly affect your long-term healing and while we all experience stress and anxiety differently, the end results can be the same. The Denning center specializes in trauma and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (AR Therapy), a quick and safe, evidenced-based treatment for post-traumatic stress (PTS), anxiety, depression and addiction. AR Therapy does not use hypnosis or medications, making it a safe and natural treatment option that could help you achieve a more peaceful lifestyle.

If you have travel or health safety concerns, The Denning Center can be reached at 210-369-8368 to answer any questions about facilitating an in-person or virtual appointment. You may also visit https://www.thedenningcenter.com/ for more information on Accelerated Resolution Therapy at The Denning Center to help establish a healthier state of mind and reinforce a self-care routine that’s right for you.