10 Tips for Self Care from Home

Now that the entire Czech Republic is under quarantine, we are facing a new reality… a very surreal one, life for many of us may feel on hold or paused. Our daily routines have changed. Our travel plans have to be postponed. We are practicing social distancing. We have to wear protection for our noses and mouths when we go out.

Perhaps even now your work and income has been impacted. Maybe you even know someone with the disease. It may feel like you have stepped into a movie. Having to navigate these many changes and this new reality has thrown me off more than I expected. I am sure you are feeling the effects as well!

While there are many things out of our control now and the future is uncertain, we can still choose to channel our energy productively. I have compiled a list of 10 different ways that can help you adjust to this new “normal”. I hope this can be a time in which you reconnect to yourself and bring the balance you need most now. Now more than ever, it is important to focus on not only your physical health but also your emotional and mental health.

    • Do a technology detox. While it is important to stay informed about the latest news and connected to those important to you, excessive time spent online will probably only burn you out. Endless scrolling, reading article after article, and always answering calls and messages immediately will probably only create more anxiety, frustration and sadness… not greater peace of mind. Challenge yourself to spend an afternoon or even a whole day away from your phone. Disconnect from technology and reconnect to yourself and others. Cook your favorite meal, read a book, or spend time with your partner or children without distractions… Be fully present and let the outside world fall away for a bit.


    • Start a new course or certification. Now is the perfect time to dive into that course or certification that you have been putting off. With the extra time at home, you can commit more time to developing not only your skill set but also yourself. Challenging times like now can have a silver lining. Why not spend this time learning and developing towards a better version of yourself? Let your curiosities guide you.


    • Reconnect with friends and family. During this time if you find yourself feeling down or anxious, take this as an opportunity to reconnect with someone who you know is supportive and uplifting.  If you are feeling more calm and grounded, then share that energy with others and support those who may be having a more challenging time. You can even make it fun and organize a virtual happy hour or dance party.  Check in on those that are dear to you. We all need each other more than ever.


    • Find art that inspires you. With many free live streams of opera, theater, and ballet online, you can immerse yourself in culture even at home. Is there a book that you have been wanting to read? In a time where we may feel more overwhelmed than usual, it can be good to lose yourself in a good book. Give your psyche a break from reality. Find the art that helps you reconnect to imagination or beauty in a deeper way.


    • Practice meditation. While meditation may not come easy, this is the perfect time to begin that practice. If you are completely new to mediation, apps like Insight Timer and Head Space are perfect ways to begin your journey. Also, Youtube has a plethora of guided meditations or meditation music. Meditation can not only help us find greater calm and zen but also can help with concentration, creativity and enhancing self awareness. Meditation can become part of your toolkit in managing stress and your mood if you commit to it regularly. Each practice invites you to connect back to the present moment, your body and your breath.


    • Spring Clean.  What cleaning or home projects have you been putting off? This is the time to tackle those tasks. Is it time to clean your closet? When was the last time you cleaned out the fridge completely? While you may dread some of these tasks, there is a peace of mind that comes from checking those things off your list. Maybe even bring some fresh energy to your space by rearranging and organizing your living spaces with the help of Marie Kondo or Feng Shui.


    • Start a gratitude practice. Although it may be challenging to feel gratitude during times of chaos and uncertainty, gratitude can truly inspire us to appreciate what we once overlooked or took for granted.  Begin or end each day by writing down 3-5 things you are grateful for. These things can be as simple as…. a sunny day, a fridge full of groceries, a phone call with your mom. Gratitude connects us back to the basics that we easily forget. Cultivating gratitude grounds us in the abundance and love that surrounds us each day.


    •  Start a journal: Journaling is a practice that can spark creativity, healing, and mindfulness. I often suggest to clients through different writing exercises what they are afraid to say aloud to others. It can be very cathartic to release pent up feelings and thoughts on paper. Also, journaling is great for goal setting and achieving when you truly take the time to do it. If you are not sure where to start with journaling, here I have provided some journal prompts specifically for this time of quarantine and social distancing.


    • Find an at home work out that you enjoy. Some local yoga studios are now posting online classes. Peloton, a streaming fitness class app, is now offering a 90-day free trial of their yoga, meditation, strength, cycling, running, and other fitness classes. POPSUGAR fitness has free classes on Youtube that consist of classes for strength, cardio, dance and yoga. There are endless options for online classes. One of my personal favorites is Melissa Wood Health for low impact workouts that combine yoga and pilates to sculpt those long lean lines.


    • Lean into the discomfort. Some days you will be anxious or frustrated and that is okay! As humans, we often do everything possible to not feel discomfort or pain. However, when we really “sit with the feelings”, we can begin to lessen our fears. Identify what is truly causing these feelings and if possible create a plan to help you manage these  more challenging moments. If you are continuing to struggle or feel stuck, don’t hesitate to contact a mental health professional.


While there is much beyond your control now, I hope you can focus on what is in your control and find activities that bring you joy and zen. I promise you are far more resilient than you give yourself credit for. May you carry more faith with you during these days and weeks to come.

Stephanie is an American teacher and coach who hosts events in Prague for women centered around self care. Join her in a sharing and guided meditation circle on April 1st at 6 P.M. HERE She can also be found at www.pursuitsoftheheart.com