Let’s cut to the chase: this pandemic has been hard. The stress and uncertainty that’s come with COVID-19 have taken a massive toll on our mental health. Now, more than ever, it’s important to take a step back and check in with yourself.

Here at Prairie Health, we’ve been busy supporting our members throughout this crisis. Along the way, we’ve learned a few self-care ideas that we wanted to share. We hope that these bites provide you some solace as you navigate through these crazy times.

Get Moving

Try and move your body for at least 15 minutes every day. This doesn’t have to be a traditional workout. You can try:

  1. – Going on a socially-distanced walk with a friend
  2. – Participating in a at-home yoga session
  3. – Throwing on your favorite music playlist and dancing around the house
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As long as you’re moving your body, you’ll release endorphins that’ll make you feel happier and more energized for days to come.

Sleep, sleep, sleep

Try and get at least seven hours of sleep every night and, to the best of your ability, stick to a routine.

Being consistent with your sleep cycle will not only make you feel more rested, but it’ll also help you feel calmer and more in control of your daily routine. If you need tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, read our blog post here.

Be a Goal Getter

Set attainable goals–and then celebrate when you accomplish them! Whether you want to discover a new language or become more flexible, break the task up into smaller steps and then work on reaching your milestones one by one. Doing this will help you feel more productive and less stagnant during quarantine.

Remember Your Routine

When life’s stressful, it’s easy to lose track of your routines. Set reminders to go on walks or to start getting ready for bed, to help you stick to schedules that work for you. This will help maintain a sense of normalcy.

If you’re taking medications, make sure to set reminders on your phone or place them in a special location that will remind you to take them.

Look at the Sunny Side

Try and get outside as much as possible. Go for a socially-distanced walk around a local park or try meditating in your backyard. (Making sure you follow your local health experts, of course!)

Allowing yourself to be in nature for even just a few moments every day will help restore some of your peace of mind. Besides, getting natural sunlight during the day will help you sleep better at night.

Keep in Touch!

Even though you might not be able to see your friends and family in person, it’s important to stay in touch with them.

Try giving an old friend a call or sending your sibling a good morning text. Or plan regular online board game nights; at Prairie, we love playing online Catan and Poker. It’s a great way to stay close to your friends.

You can also try using video chat software like Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, or Facebook Messenger so you can actually see your loved ones’ faces.