10 Ways to Practice Self Care While Sheltering in Place

*This article is sponsored by Positive Energy Solar

We're in unprecedented times. While we are all sheltering in place to protect our physical health, it is important to remember to tend to your mental health as well. Spending so much time at home can be a huge change for some. MelindaJoy Pattison, a Santa Fe mental health counselor and host of the MelindaJoy Hour on KTRC (like SantaFe.com, also a Hutton Broadcasting company) has listed some tips to help you cope.

  1. Continue to “see” your psychotherapist.
    • If you don’t have one; find one on PsychologyToday.com. A quality therapist will be willing to conduct sessions with you by phone or internet.
  2. Spend time in nature.
    • Just because you are staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Sunshine, aka vitamin D, is especially important during this time. Sufficient levels help prevent depression.
  3. Utilize technology.
    • Use every means possible to connect with those you love who are not living with you, every day. Listen to podcasts with a positive message, like The MelindaJoy Hour
  4. Make quality time in isolation.
    • Listen to your favorite music. Spend time in conversation with the other people in your house. Eat some meals at the dining room table by candlelight.
  5. Schedule your productive work time.
    • It’s important to continue to feel productive during this time but also important not to spend all your time working. Schedule breaks in there too, and stick to them.
  6. Create healthy boundaries.
    • If you are sheltering in a group, even of only two people, remember everyone needs their space. Even little bits of time apart can make a huge difference in the quality of the time you do spend together.
  7. Take the very best possible care of yourself.
    • Practice self care at every possible opportunity. This looks different for each person but here are a few ideas: Eat as well as you possibly can every day. Create a sleep hygiene ritual for the best sleep every night. Allow yourself some treats along the way, a bit of chocolate here and there……
  8. Take the opportunity to learn something new.
    • There are all kinds of online classes and you tube tutorials available, so you can learn to do anything you want.
  9. Schedule in some fun time each day.
    • Fun means something different for each person as well. Try to remember what you enjoyed playing at when you were a child and allow yourself time to enjoy.
  10. Practice nonviolent communication.
    • Make an intention to speak with kindness to everyone you encounter, whether in person or over the phone, internet, etc. No shaming and no blaming is a really good place to start.