Everyone I've talked to the last week is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic whether through fear, anxiety, boredom, or a range of other unpleasant emotions.
I consider myself a pretty positive person, but I've noticed the more time I spend on social media lately (where I typically spend a large portion of my day working) the more anxious I have felt. The best thing I have done, is LIMIT my scrolling. I no longer am spending most of my day online, instead I'm being very intentional with my time and walking away when I start to feel drained. I intentionally set up friend lists on Facebook and set my newsfeed to only see the lists that I want to interact with. I've followed very positive and encouraging leaders and subscribed to them or clicked "See First" so I get notified when they post. (Steven Furtick is one of my favorites, right now to keep my spiritual mindset where it needs to be.) I'm also being very intentional with my own posts, leaving out politics and virus themes...instead opting for positive quotes, news stories, or funny things about "normal" every day life.
However, I've noticed I feel the best right now when I get up, go for a short walk (avoiding people, of course) or do a quick home workout. (The best app I'm using for my workouts currently is FitOn that allows you to invite friends to your workout and have friendly competitions! Oh, and it's FREE! My fave workouts are Cassey Ho from Blogilates on YouTube and she is offering her workouts through FitOn which also tracks your calorie burn and sends you push notification reminders to get your workout on for the day.)
Now that I'm mostly "stuck" at home (we've been calling it quarantined in our family, even though thankfully we are all very healthy), I've also been a lot more consistent with my self-care pampering routine. HAU Hair Packs have been happening regularly with wash days so that when this is over, I can have the healthiest hair on the street.
What are you doing to take care of yourself, mentally and physically during this time?