Self-Care in Times of Great Stress and anxiety

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We all know that self-care is a necessary part of our day to day life. We already struggle with that as busy moms. What do you do when you’re in a state of great stress though? Self-care when stressed and anxious is a tricky thing. Finding that balance becomes more difficult than ever.

As I write this we are in the midst of the Covid-19 shutdown. School is out for 3 weeks minimum here, and none of that even matters because we just moved across the state for my husband to start a new job, which means we are now living in my in-laws home. We are crammed into 2 bedrooms with a storage unit packed full, and another stockpile of stuff in my father-in-law’s garage. I have half of what I need and no space for what I do have. It’s overwhelming and annoying all at once.

Not only all of that, but because of the shutdown, we don’t have anywhere to go explore in our new surroundings. So we are trapped at ‘home’ 24/7, little miss is missing her school and friends because she was pulled from her preschool in the move and she can’t get into any of them here.

At this point, we have been here just over a week, and self-care just hasn’t been happening. Beyond showering, and keeping our areas cleaned, I can’t say that I have done anything for myself with great intention. Sure, I’ve scrolled Facebook & Pinterest. I’ve kept up on all the goings-on with the shutdown. I have even found a ton of resources to use for Little Miss’ homeschooling.

Where should I even start to get self-care when dealing with stress?

It’s not easy when you’re overwhelmed with the circumstances you’re in. You might be dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic like me, or hopefully, you’re reading this when we are on the other side of all this and you’re dealing with some other thing that has you stressed and anxious. No matter what the reason, I’m proud of you for knowing you need to do something for yourself right now.

First, know that it isn’t easy to get going. It can be a struggle to make these kinds of changes. Whenever I am starting over like right now, it is a struggle to get going. It’s too easy to just slip into bad habits and start ignoring what you’ve set out to do.

To start, we are going to the basics. What are the things your body and soul are craving most? What things are feasible for you to do right now? Write all of these things down in a notebook or in the notepad on your phone.

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Ideas to get you started

  • Take a bath or shower
  • Do a face mask (This is my favorite)
  • Color in an adult coloring book (or one of your kids) – (My favorite kind of book & favorite pencils)
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Go to bed earlier than usual- the ‘things’ can wait.
  • Declutter your space
  • Go through your dresser/ closet and donate the things you don’t wear.
  • Organize your cupboards and closets
  • Go for a walk
  • Have a phone date with a friend
  • Watch a guilty pleasure movie or show
  • Declutter your social media
  • Delete unneeded or unwanted apps from your phone
  • Do a backup of your family pictures and computer
  • Do some deep cleaning
  • Exercise for 20 minutes or more
  • Watch a video from your favorite YouTuber
  • Give yourself an hour on Pinterest
  • Plan for something you can look forward to
  • Make a special meal or treat
  • Work on organizing your pictures
  • Do a puzzle
  • Play a board game
  • Take a social media fast
  • Turn off the tv- no news for 24 hours
  • Do a project you’ve been putting off
  • Spend one day phone free

There are so many ways you can jumpstart your self-care journey while you’re under deep stress and anxiety. Starting with the basics and building up will help get you back on track. It’s not easy to push aside those feelings, but you can find your sense of normalcy in the midst of chaos.

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