The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the way we live and work. In such stressful times, it’s common to put your career and family ahead of yourself. When considering work-life balance, you think first about work, family or relationships, but you may be missing a very important part of the equation – yourself. Taking care of yourself is necessary to build resilience in these difficult times and it allows us to tend to all the other things in our lives.
Here are some tips from Shepell to help you prioritize self-care during COVID-19.
Self-care requires intentional actions and effort to take care of our own physical, mental, and emotional health. It means different things to different people – and in the current climate, it may require some re-imagining in order to suit social distancing guidelines. Maybe it’s enjoying a bath, listening to your favourite podcast, meditation, a nature walk, or enjoying a meal with your loved ones at home. At its root, self-care can be anything that nourishes your mind, body, or spirit. The trick is to make it a priority.
To help get you thinking more about your own self-care activities, here are some categories to consider:
This means taking care of your physical body, and includes eating healthily, exercising regularly, and getting adequate amounts of good quality sleep. Building these habits into your routine can strengthen your immune system and improve your mood.
Hobbies can be anything that you enjoy for enjoyment’s sake, from playing a sport, learning a language or a musical instrument, watching movies or reading books that you love. Regularly doing things just-for-fun is not frivolous, it’s an excellent way to take care of yourself.
Make time to connect with friends and family. Although you can’t be with them physically, check in by phone, text or video chat. Talk about what’s going on in your life and listen to them as well. Being social during these isolating times can help create a sense of community and relieve stress.
This type of self-care can take on a lot of different forms. For some people, religion and prayer are ways of engaging with your spiritual side. For others, it’s yoga and meditation. taking a long hot bath, going for a walk in nature, or indulging in aromatherapy. Whatever it looks like for you, these are activities that nourish our inner selves.
Above all, remind yourself that self-care isn’t “selfish.” Taking care of yourself is one of the most generous things you can do for those around you. When you take good care of yourself, you are much more available to take care of and help others as well.
CDSPI’s Members’ Assistance Program (MAP)* is here to help you manage your stress levels. We invite you to access MAP by calling 1.844.578.4040 or visit workhealthlife.com for support and resources.
*This information is provided by Shepell, the largest Canadian-based Employee and Family Assistance provider in the country and the provider of CDSPI’s Members’ Assistance Program (MAP). In addition to their health and wellness services, Shepell offers many helpful articles for small business owners at workhealthlife.com. We encourage you to visit the website for more information. Available services vary by region. Use of MAP services is completely confidential within the limits of the law.