With everyone in the world dealing with some degree of social distancing, it can be easy for us to forget about taking care of ourselves during stressful times. High stress levels affect us in different ways, and we need to stop ourselves from getting into deep and creating irreversible damage. Reminding ourselves of ways to perform self care when we are in high-stress environments will push us out of the stress fight or flight response and into a state of oneness with ourselves. Today, I will share with you some self-care tasks I love to do. You see, I have been working from home for over 18 years, and to do this, I had to develop certain techniques for self-care.
I hope these self-care tasks also help you to reduce your anxiety. These tasks can be done during your lunch break or after work. Some can even be done before bed or waking up in the morning.
Find the right time in the day when you can maximize the effects. This could be in the morning before you take a shower. In the evening, after dinner, or before bed. Look at the time of day you seem less productive. Usually, that time is when you can refocus your energy on something more effective. Let's begin.
18 Tasks to do for Self-Care when working from home
Soak your feet in Epsom salt.
If you have a tile floor under your desk, you can even do this while you are working. Why not? People can't see your feet.
Take a bath.
It can be a bubble bath. Locking the door will give you a little more privacy too.
Read a short story at lunch.
Instead of scrolling through news feeds or seeing what everyone else is doing, put down the phone and read a short story to escape from the world.
Take care of a task you thought, “I need to do this.”
This could be cleaning out the junk drawer. Or pull out the trash from the car.
Do an “I want to do this …" task to improve your surroundings.
These tasks may be something you wanted to go through, like a file drawer but haven't done so yet.
Reach out to family members and friends.
Instead of texting, call or facetime time and see how things are going.
Share your gratitude with other family members online.
This could be sharing your favorite motivational quote or sharing the things you enjoy. These gratitude items shouldn't be sarcastic, nor should they be negative. Stay with a positive, uplifting theme.
Deep breathing exercises.
There are lots of deep breathing exercises you can find online. Click here to see examples I found on WebMD.
Watch an uplifting movie.
There are many uplifting movies out there. You can find plenty of them on Disney+.
Talk about how you are feeling.
Make sure it is in a safe place and with people you trust.
Do a craft project, draw, paint, or play music.
Another task of self care when working from home is picking up a craft or hobby. Are you a creative person, pick your favorite hobby and do that for an hour each day.
Drink a cup of herbal tea.
A tea break in the afternoon gives your mind time to rest.
Exercise by taking a walk or participating in an exercise video on YouTube.
Spend time taking in nature.
This could be going into your backyard and looking at the new growth.
Sit outside and watch the birds.
Spending time watching little animals eat at the birdfeeder is a lovely way to escape.
Write in a journal.
You could write your thoughts about what is happening that day.
Reminiscing and revisiting the old times.
Revisit photo albums and talk about your favorite experiences with others.
Revisit the Facebook Memories for that day and check out your old posts.
You can do a combination of these tasks if you want. It may help relax you more quickly. The point of this is to stop your mind from going to a place that makes you even more stressed.
Remember, staying focused on the work tasks will let the other things go. Be mindful of the tasks at hand. Turning off the notifications will also help. Staying in the moment is best. Don’t rush. Relax. Enjoy this time of peace.
Let's continue the conversation; how have you been performing self-care while working from home? Please leave a comment below.