Like many of you, I’ve struggled over the past month or so with self-isolation and social distancing. Abrupt changes like this are difficult, and I know that extroverts in particular are having a hard time. That being said, even some of my friends who are introverts are finding it difficult to just not see or be near other people as often as before. While we know this whole unprecedented situation is all temporary (I try not to speculate what the world is going to be like going forward), that doesn’t mean that today isn’t hard.
One of the things I like to do is live in the present moment. Just today, maybe tomorrow, but not much past that. Do I know when I’ll be back at work? No. I know a lot of people are worried about income and feeding their families but I’ve found by focusing on today, worries can be less intense and my spirits can be kept higher. Typically, worrying about the future can cause the onset of some anxiety, and worrying about the past can make depression appear. I’m not saying that living in the present won’t cause these things to happen, but for me it can help keep perspective. If you have trouble with present moment awareness, I suggest looking into mindfulness practices. If you want specific tips, website or apps to check out, send me a message and I’ll get back to you with my faves.
In the meantime, I think something that can really help, which we all have access to is self-care. I want to stress that there is a big difference between taking care of yourself – eating, getting dressed, bathing, etc. – and self-care. Self-care is about doing something to make yourself feel good, either psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, or physically. I practice a lot of self-care. I exercise, I meditate, I do yoga, I read for pleasure, and the list goes on. It can be little simple things that make you smile or feel relaxed. And it’s important. Especially for your psychological and emotional health. With that, I’ve decided to take on a 30 Day Self-Care Challenge. Each day for the next month, I’ll be doing a specific or extra thing for self-care. Yes, some of these things are normal, or may occur more often than what I’ve set out, but on each specific day I have a specific self-care task to do. I gotta say that I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be updating daily on the janeversuspain Instagram account (so if you’re not already following it, now’s a good time).
Before anyone freaks out, I do often go days without alcohol 🙂
I challenge everyone to take it up as well. You can customize this challenge to fit your needs and interests. If you need any help with that please reach out.
I also want to post some mental health resources available to everyone in Canada:
The government of Canada set up this website: https://ca.portal.gs/
If you’re a youth in crisis text: WELLNESS, HOME, or CONNECT to 686868
If you’re an adult in crisis text: WELLNESS to 741741