With the world struggling to adapt to the new normal, staying at home is overwhelming for many individuals. Though it may take a while to get used to this unprecedented change, it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Whether you are a working professional or a homemaker, prioritizing your mental health is essential. Here are a few ways to get through the change and take care of your mental and emotional health.

Escape from the world for a while with a good book

Who says you have to step out of your home to explore the world? If you are an avid reader, you already know how easy it is to escape into an entirely different world even when you have nowhere to go. But when you are not into books, it may seem a bit difficult to pick a book. When you want to practice self-care, consider reading for only ten minutes a day - perhaps before going to bed to establish a new, healthy habit over time. 

Take a me-time break even when there is too much on your plate 

Disconnecting yourself from the world and indulging in something you love is an incredible way to practice self-care. No matter how occupied you are, take a break from your work or chores and do something you love. It could be cooking, drawing, nail painting, taking a bath, listening to music - anything that helps you unwind. You would be surprised to notice how refreshed you feel after giving yourself a few minutes of the day. What’s more? Taking short breaks also helps you become more focused and productive. 

Don’t be afraid to say no

Staying committed to tasks at hand sometimes seems undoable when you are mentally and emotionally drained. So whether you have been asked to work on extra projects or spend more hours on zoom meetings, don’t be afraid to say no if it’s taking a toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health. 

The Bottom Line

Practicing self-care may seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. If you need a helping hand and learn more about taking good care of yourself, consider a coaching program, like self-care for the soul, that helps you work on your mental, emotional, and physical well-being.