10 Ways to Practice Self-Care During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Posted by Sophia Cavalluzzi on April 14, 2020
With everything going on due to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Between managing a new school system, and constantly being bombarded with news, I often get overwhelmed. While all this is going on, I’m going to make it a priority to focus on myself - and you should too! Here are some self-care tips that might inspire you.
Start a journal
Getting all your thoughts down on paper is one of the most therapeutic things you can do. Whenever I feel upset or stressed, I like to jot everything down. Out of mind, out of sight! Journaling can become a fun hobby as well. All your ups and downs throughout college written in one place will become a treasure to have later in life!
Have an at-home spa night
This is one of my favorite self-care activities. You can really get creative with this one! My typical routine is: light a few candles, take a long hot shower or bath, put on a facemask, turn on YouTube videos, order pizza delivery. It’s such a good way to unwind and pamper yourself. Up your spa game by creating your own facemask!
Make a moodboard
Moodboards are another way to express yourself. I always see moodboards on Pinterest, and I’m definitely going to make one in the coming weeks. Print or cut out your favorite images, quotes, colors - anything that makes you happy. Collage them all together and hang it up! You could even make a moodboard for different goals or aspirations you have, and look at it when you need inspiration.
Cook your favorite meal or order from your favorite restaurant
Two words: comfort food. You deserve to treat yourself! Dig through your pantry and cook your favorite meal. Or, order delivery from your favorite restaurant. Bonus points if you have dessert!
Hold a virtual night with friends
Feeling lonely? Hold a virtual night with friends! Pick a TV show to binge with your friends, and watch it with the shared screen feature on Zoom. If you’re into video games, play something with your friends! You could also start a virtual book club. Choose a book, read throughout the week, and then all meet up on Zoom to talk. Don’t forget snacks!
Do yoga or pilates
Exercise is a great form of self-care, but I certainly don’t always want to throw on sneakers and run a couple miles. Recently, I’ve been turning to pilates as my form of movement. I genuinely enjoy it and find it very calming. Meditation can also be incorporated into yoga or pilates, making it the perfect escape from all the craziness. Here is a great app to get you started!
Read a favorite book
As college students, it’s hard to find time to read for pleasure. One of my favorite things to do is read a favorite book from middle school or high school. While my reading skills have definitely advanced, there’s something so nice about the nostalgia and comfort of an old book.
Make a feel-good playlist
Think of all those songs you instantly feel good whenever they came on. Maybe they remind you of happy memories, or just hype you up. Create a playlist of songs that you can turn to whenever you need a little uplifting.
Go on a long walk or drive
Turn on that feel-good playlist, and go for a long walk or drive! A lot of stress comes from being cooped up inside. Feel free to walk around your neighborhood aimlessly while maintaining distance from other walkers. If it’s nice out, hop in your car with all the windows down and go for a nice drive.
Seriously. Do nothing. As college students, we are always go go go! Take the time to just stop. It’s the ultimate form of self-care. Sleep in, hang out on your couch all day, have a movie marathon. Feel comfortable taking a day off and just chilling.
Sophia Cavalluzzi is a junior majoring in English Rhetoric and an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations. She loves to write, watch YouTube and plan fancy vacations that she will not be taking anytime soon.
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