Hello, my pretties! How are you all? I hope you’re doing well and staying safe!
I have been doing my best to stay safe and sane while dealing with the changes and uncertainty these times bring.
A conversation I had last night with my amazing friend Laura got me thinking about how we all are – or are not – taking care of our mental health during these trying times.
I know it sounds selfish to practice self care when people are dying, losing their jobs and living in fear every day. It’s not. You need to stay sane so you can help others – or at least keep yourself from doing anything that could be harmful to those around you.
With that in mind, these are the measures I have been applying that have been useful in keeping me balanced, in no particular order:
- Opening the windows early (at around 5 or 6 am) to catch that morning breeze;
- I have uninstalled Discord from my phone and muted most of the servers I’m a member of, muted Facebook chat and all of my Whatsapp and Telegram chats that are not my parents or work-related – this allows me to control how much social contact – and exposure to never ending talks about the virus – I expose myself to daily;
- I have stopped watching the news and started receiving them on my email. This way, if I’m overwhelmed, I can read the titles and stay informed without having to hear of every stress-inducing detail – and read further when I feel stable enough to know more;
- One hour before bed, it’s digital silence time. I close up all of my chats, mute every chatting client, and close every ‘serious’ site on my laptop and phone. The only things allowed then are ASMR videos, relaxing games and the occasional (not too serious) blog;
- I have committed to not making any big decisions (moves, purchases, changing jobs, cutting contact with people) unless they are pressing and urgent until things go back to normal;
- Naps. This situation is incredibly exhausting, and sometimes you really need a quick nap to face the rest of the day;
- Showers. When I feel really overwhelmed, I take a break and hop in the shower for a few minutes, just letting the water fall over me and wash away the worst of the anxious feeling;
- Creativity. I have been engaging in creative writing with others and/or solo when I can find the energy, and it really brings me joy, even if I do just a tiny bit at a time;
- Kindness – towards myself and others. We’re all having a hard time and, while we’re all doing our best, we may not be our best selves right now.
These measures have been helping me stay balanced and sane while we all try to survive and come out of this as unscathed as possible.
What are the measures you are taking? Does any of these sound like something that could help you? I sure hope so!
Take care, stay kind and have faith – we’ll all come out of this, we just need to be patient!
See you all on the next post!