For many of us, 2020 may be the most difficult year we live. Although the words “pandemic,” “lockdown,” and “quarantine” didn’t mean much to me at the start of the new year, it has now defined how my past several months have gone. The worst part? The end is nowhere near.
Born and raised in Switzerland, I’ve grown up sheltered from the very beginning. Switzerland has been my safe haven, and even hearing about the misery of full ICUs and economic crises all over the world, I struggle to comprehend what it would be like to live that in my direct reality.
Nonetheless, as a highly sensitive person (INFJ), I tend to chronically overthink…well…everything.
When you hear about a global pandemic, it can be hard to know what to do. How do you process such a major event? We’re living history right now, and it’s not all it’s made out to be. Yet, even during these uncertain times, there’s one thing that shouldn’t stop and that’s self-care.
For a long time, I thought I knew what that looked like, but 2020 has shown me otherwise. Here are my thoughts on self-care in the times of COVID-19.
What does self-care look like?
Self-care will look a little bit different for everyone, and I think this is part of what I was missing before lockdown began. For some people, a candlelight bath may induce relaxation like nothing else.
For me, however, self-care first and foremost means an honest reflection of my past actions and my life before the coronavirus hit.
Self-care is any action you take to improve your own health. Walking, meditating, watching TV, taking a bath…all of these actions serve the purpose of easing your mind and helping you feel better.
Throughout these past several months, I found that self-reflection really helped me, and I began asking myself a variety of questions. Here are just a few examples:
- What do I consider important?
- Where are my priorities?
- How do I want to shape my life in the future and above all?
- Where do I see a need for action?
- Are there behavioral patterns that I do not want to reproduce?
- Do I know my goals, and even more importantly, the way to reach them?
How does self-reflection help?
Self-reflection, as a form of self-care, is helpful in a number of ways. Reflecting helps you unplug and recharge when stressful events occur. It allows you to be open and honest about how you’re feeling, so you can release the emotions inside of you. It also helps you awaken your creativity and self-expression. If you find that you struggle to merely think in your head,
try writing down your reflective thoughts on paper
This is often a productive way to release any anxiety you may be building up.
Self-care is highly individual. For me, self-reflection is a clear key to happiness.
If you’re going through this kind of challenge, I can help you. Let’s talk!