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Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care

Feeling down is common and happens often, so here are 5 easy things you can do to uplift your mood and take care of yourself

1. Stay active

It’s pretty well known that exercise is really good for both our physical and mental health. There’s heaps of different types of exercise you can do from home, thanks to YouTube and apps.

2. Take 10 to be zen

When we’re stressed about something (such as coronavirus), our thoughts tend to speed up. Taking 10 minutes or so to practise mindfulness can help produce a sense of calmness.

3. Chat with your friends

Even if an in-person meet-up is off the table, try to stay in touch with your friends via text, Messenger, WhatsApp, FaceTime, or a phone call. Ask them how they’re feeling and share your own experience if you feel safe to do so.

4. Make a music playlist

Music can make us feel so much better. Hop on Spotify and make a playlist with your fave songs. You could make a group playlist and ask your friends to add five of their favourite songs as well. If you want to get fancy, you could make several playlists for different moods/vibes (e.g. rainy day, feeling happy, etc.).

5. Watch or read something uplifting

Distraction can be a good thing. Watch something that you find uplifting and allow yourself to zone out from what’s going on in the world. Some suggestions include The Good Place and Brooklyn 99 on Netflix, or The Bold Type and Family Guy on Stan.

Make sure to take time out for yourself!

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