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Self Care

Day 7 of 14: Taking Care during COVID-19 Self Quarantine

(3-22-20)

1) Yourself - Think of ways to sustain yourself physically, and mentally to create balance. Wash your hair, do your nails, or you can even create a spa day at home. If you have teenagers, they can join in on the prep and maintenance. Journaling can be helpful for all family members. You can paint each other's nails and get creative with it - buy a kit to help make it easier or more fun. They have decals you can use on your nails to make them more fun and look more professional. It could be that you and your spouse give each other detailed shoulder, back, full body, or temple massages. A day of beauty and relaxation does not have to be limited to just yourself or those things mentioned.

Journaling can be helpful for all family members. You can use current writings or even past ones as a jumping-off point to write a self-help book, poetry, or memoir. Outlets are useful; hobbies can be used to generate income.

 

2) Dependents - Give the younger generation a chance to be in charge of dinner. They can prepare the entire meal, with just you overlooking to make sure things are safe. Try not to do too much dictating. If you have older dependents, let them have free reign, knowing that cleanup is also their responsibility. Even if tonight you just have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner, that is one less meal you have to prepare and serve.

 

3) Planning Ahead - Once you have done your deep cleaning, spot clean daily. Every day, pick some area that needs a little attention and just focus on that area only. This way, the dirt doesn't pile up on you and makes it more of a chore than it has to be. Kids leave crumbs after a meal; sweep at that moment so you're not spreading through the house as they continue walking or playing. The mirror gets spotty. Grab a wipe and wipe it down as you brush your teeth. After you shower, wipe it down or spray your favorite cleanser on it.

4) Activity for all - Today is Sunday, so for those who worship, try to find a telecast to participate in. Lots of churches are going online through YouTube, Facebook, etc. Other congregations have websites on which they post their sermons. It is important to keep connected to your faith and those who believe as you do. Don't worship; there are groups for those who have no spiritual standing, and this could be a positive move for you as well.

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