Self-Care During the Pandemic


Kya Nethercot, Editor in Chief

Being cooped up indoors all this time could drive any sane person stir crazy. Between the fear of the ongoing pandemic, the loneliness of being unable to see friends and family, and the tension of being trapped in the same space with the same people 24/7, there are plenty of causes for stress. With this in mind, here are a few ways you can unwind at home or while following social distancing limitations.


Take a drive


Getting out and visiting some of the beautiful scenery this state has to offer could be a great way to fight the stay-at-home blues. Even if parks and trails are closed, there are still many sites to see from their parking lots. Yes, I know. Some of us can’t drive. It’s still fun to get out of the house with a parent, guardian, or older sibling (who you live with and have already been exposed to on a regular basis). This is one of the ways my family has managed to keep our morale up and it works great!


Have an at-home spa day


There is no way to go wrong when performing self-care this way. You could take a hot bath with the lights out and listen to your favorite jams, go extreme and do a full facial, or just do something as simple as heating a warm rag and resting it on aching muscles. In times like these where stress is high, it’s important to take time to yourself and there is no wrong way to do it as long as it relaxes you!


Finish something creative


It could be anything! I mean it, anything! Being at home for this long, it’s normal to feel unaccomplished or as if you could be doing more. A great remedy for this is to take on a project. You could do some finger painting or write that one short story you always had the idea for but never got around to. If you wanted, you could try to build the most epic box fort you could imagine in your backyard or bedroom. You could even take up a hobby like carpentry or soap making. It doesn’t matter what you do because the result is for you! It is entirely up to you whether you share your progress with anyone else. The goal is simply to achieve something. 


Go for a walk or run


Self-care is about more than just the mind. Taking care of your body through any kind of exercise helps to relieve the stress of day-to-day life. You don’t have to go on a strenuous 30 day weight lifting challenge to feel better, just going on a short walk around the block can help. No matter where you’re going, we can all agree that getting out of the house is important with what’s going on. Just remember to stay safe! If you run into others on your adventure into the outdoors, keep your distance.