If you remember the lyrics to the hit song, ‘Virtual Insanity’ by Jamiroquai from way back in 1996, he describes (almost to a T) a global, atmospheric chaos much like the one we are currently feeling due to COVID-19. ‘Mental health’ has suddenly become the new buzz word, social distancing is the new norm, and our collective emotions have been stuck on roller coaster mode, leaving us all wondering when this crazy ride will finally come to an end.
For those who love to travel the world, we are now traveling without moving. We are lost without a compass, exploring the depths within ourselves to try and make sense of it all. Some are busy creating, starting new ventures and learning new skills while some of us are having trouble coping with the day to day and unable to fulfill the need to radiate inner perseverance. We understand all of this, and it’s ok to not want to channel your inner entrepreneur right now. You’re a human and you’re allowed to feel all the feels.
This post is for anyone who’s feeling inspired (or for anyone needing some inspiration) to help discover what self-care can provide during a time of isolation and uncertainty. It means different things to different people, so as travel planners and adventurers, we wanted to share some of our own favorite methods of self-care for when the far away places fall just outside the realm of possibility.
Now that much of the workforce is remote, it may seem like your home is no longer a place to relax after a long day. With this new dynamic, it’s not surprising that many of us are beginning to feel trapped within our own homes. Your sanctuary has become your place to eat, sleep, work, socialize with your immediate family or roommates almost 24/7 (unless you live alone), which can add another layer of stress. This is why it’s so important to make your home feel like it’s still your sanctuary. If you feel so inclined, spend some time and organize your closets, rearrange your furniture, or liven up your living room or home office with a fresh new paint color. Check out Marie Kondo’s recent article for some perspective on staying joyful at home during this time.
Find Your Tribe
Whatever your interests are, there’s a group out there just waiting for you. Since social distancing became a thing, we’re not able to get the kind of social interaction that many of us need to thrive. This is where finding a group of like minded people can prove to be worth its weight in gold. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, love to cook, or garden, there’s most likely an online group out there that already existed before quarantine or that someone has newly created. If your niche doesn’t have a group, why not start one of your own? Human connection is still so important, and it can be so uplifting to meet a new group of like minded humans that you can groove with. Check out our Lively Sisterhood Facebook group if you’re looking for some connections of the sisterly kind.
Let It Grow
Perhaps you’re already into gardening, or maybe you’ve never gotten the chance to start your own. Now that spring is here, it might be the time to start! There’s nothing more amazing than planting seeds in fresh soil and watching them transform into something beautiful. If you don’t have the backyard space to start an entire vegetable garden, you can still grow small veggies or herbs if you have some free patio space. Digging in the dirt is like free therapy, seeds are generally inexpensive, and caring for plants is something you can reap the benefits of in so many meaningful ways.
Considered by many to be a form of therapy, writing is a powerful way to get our thoughts and ideas flowing and down on paper. You don’t have to write a novel, but gratitude journaling can be a great way to relieve some stress when you’re bored or having a generally difficult day. Write down three (or more) things that you are grateful for daily, and they can be as simple as you wish. There are no wrong answers, and it can make you feel truly thankful for the good things you have going in your life.
It may sound like a no brainer, but spending extra time snuggling with your pets can be richly rewarding during tough times. Dogs and cats are known to relieve stress and lower blood pressure, not to mention, just petting your fur babies feels amazing. If you don’t have a pet of your own, there are still many displaced animals in need of foster homes right now. This can be another great way to get some cuddle time with an animal who needs you just as much as you need them.
Walk it Out
One of the best ways to get away when you can’t venture too far out is to go for a neighborhood walk. Even if you can only do 15-20 minutes at the beginning or end of your day, it’s enough to get you out of the house and get your blood pumping. Sometimes it’s hard to get off the couch and get motivated, but once you do, nature can provide a great escape from the boredom and isolation many of us are feeling. You can even create mini challenges for yourself by adding on a few extra minutes each day, or try some jogging intervals if you’re able. You’ll get some extra energy as a bonus!
If you are able to volunteer your skills and talents in this time of need, you can do a world of good by helping others. In times of stress, it’s not uncommon to feel so bogged down by our own thoughts and fears that we aren’t able to do much to help ourselves, much less someone else. Simply taking the time to reach out and reconnect with a loved one you haven’t spoken with in a while is just one example of how you can make an immediate impact.
What are some other ways that you’re taking time out for some much needed self-care? We’d love to hear from you!
At Lively Co. Travel, we’re here for you in times of darkness and in times of light, and we’ll be ready to help you once again discover your next great adventure.