Social distancing, it’s the new buzzword right? In all seriousness, with a lot of us staying home and anxiety levels extra high at the moment, there’s no better time than now to take care of ourselves. I’ve actually been at home in self-isolation for the past 3 weeks with my recent breast reduction surgery. I’ve been doing many simple self care things to boost my mood, as my inner extrovert sometimes feels depleted and even anxious at times.
Here are 50 ideas of self care things to do instead of panicking. It’s tough when the media coverage is a constant distraction, but hopefully this can give you some fresh ideas of ways to cope with information overload. The list covers things that will help not only your physical well being, but also the well being of your mind.
Self Care Ideas While Social Distancing
- Set up a cozy personal space in your home
- FaceTime an old friend
- Try a new sheet mask
- Burn your favorite candle
- Take a CBD bath
- Scrub yourself from head to toe
- Give yourself a manicure
- Use hand cream
- Declutter your makeup collection
- Study a new language on Duolingo
- Brew that special coffee or tea you’ve been saving
- Propagate new plants from clippings
- Sell your old tech
- Start a Poshmark closet
- Color coordinate your bookshelf
- Revive your hair with a deep conditioning treatment
- Create a capsule wardrobe
- Test a new smoothie recipe
- Read a new book genre
- Blast your favorite Spotify playlist
- Doodle in a coloring book
- Learn a new software
- Build a vision board
- Assemble a puzzle
- Journal your heart out
- Write a thank-you email
- Stretch your body out
- Take up daily meditation
- Clear your Netflix queue
- Do a teeth whitening treatment
- Cook with new spices
- Shred old documents
- Unsubscribe from marketing emails
- Join a new Subreddit
- Play a board game
- Organize your pantry or fridge
- Tend to your plants
- Download your favorite throwback video game
- Revamp your desk or vanity
- Practice deep breathing
- Listen to that podcast you keep thinking about
- Create a meal plan
- Prep a Project Pan
- Make a scrapbook
- Finally learn those manual camera settings
- Clear out your mug collection
- Address the junk drawer
- Donate to a nonprofit
- Call your parents
- Unfollow toxic people on social media
I purposely didn’t include cleaning in the list because hopefully that’s something you’re already doing. Use common sense. Thoroughly wash your hands and clean frequently used surfaces diligently. Be sure to consult the CDC website for the latest public health information.
Social distancing and staying home doesn’t have to be boring, so I hope you can use some of these self care ideas. Stay safe and healthy, friends!
Great minds think alike! :] I’ve been wanting to catch up on Netflix shows and with friends. :] (I also have a lot of organizing and decluttering to do!)
What a great liar list!! It’s been hard trying to occupy myself during this time so thank you for the list!
Loving this list! I’ve already done a few of these actions and I’m inspired to give more of these a try. Thanks for taking the time to create such positive content to help others during a time of stress and sadness for many.
So nice to see a list of things to do for me! Not just kids. 😉 And I have been doing some of those things on your list. Even got a coloring book out–anything to calm the nerves during this stressful time.
I want to do half of your suggestions right now! I think it’s time for a little self-care. lol
Cyndi Buchanan says
Self care is going to be so important. Anxiety is so high right now.
Madi Rowan says
These are great suggestions! I know I personally am taking some necessary time to take care of myself each day, it’s so important! My favorite forms of self-care is making time for my yoga practice & doing my favorite face mask!
-Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com
Marie Gizelle says
^_^ So much to do, good thing we have so much time too! What a nice list, I’ve only come up with : cleaning. haha. Thanks I’m inspired to do a more comprehensive list now….
These are wonderful suggestions Chelsea!! I’ve been social distancing since the beginning of this whole thing – and truly, it can get very lonely and sad at times. Doing these kinds of suggestions really help get through! Thank you so much!