During overwhelming times something as simple as a daily self care checklist can boost your mood and bring a sense of normalcy. It’s important to take care of yourself during a time of uncertainty, social distancing and inundating news feeds.
To help us help you, we called in a true boss lady in our community— Raquel Dixon, an acute care nurse fighting COVID-19 at Harborview Medical Center. Her night shifts went from routine to anything but when her floor became filled with patients being tested for the virus.
Outside of work, she’s a self care fanatic (which she credits to having a stressful career and a mom who believes in astrology). We asked her for her help creating a daily self care checklist to help with stress reduction and adjustment to our new normal. Here’s what the boss lady had to say!
Take care of yourself while you’re practicing social distancing by printing this daily self care checklist.
5-Minute Morning Meditation
It’s important to start your day right among times of stress. Avoid starting your day with checking your phone; instead wait until you’ve gotten your morning started on the right foot.
It’s 100% okay to express how you really feel! It’s normal for the abrupt change to feel a bit. Even a quick 5-minute journal session does the job!
Start a new skincare routine, put on a cute work from home outfit and take time to take care of yourself.
Read Before Bed
Regardless of whether you read for five minutes or forty, simply putting down your phone before bed will reduce stress and help you unwind before bed.
Follow CDC Guidelines & Practice Social Distancing
Nurse Dixon says to “really use this time to focus on you and ACTUALLY practice social distancing, because you have no idea how important it is for that person who is immunocompromised.” Her advice on staying connected: “Make FaceTime your new BFF! Call a friend while you both cook dinner.”
Embrace Essential Oils
Try adding essential oils to your routine with an essential oil diffuser or naturally scented lotion. They’re a natural way to boost your immune system and reduce stress.
Enjoy Daily Exercise
It’s important to stay active even when you’re not out and about. Nurse Dixon’s recommendation: “Enjoy a sunset walk or try a fun digital workout.”
Limit Yourself to Over-Checking the News
Overexposure to information can easily lead to increased stress. “Obviously stay up to date but limit the constant news,” says Nurse Dixon.
Stay Connected with Friends & Family
Social distancing doesn’t mean you need to isolate yourself. Hang out with 1-2 close friends, call a loved one or take a walk with your S.O.
Be Okay with Being Lazy (Sometimes)
Dig out that pint of Ben & Jerry’s you hid on the top shelf and binge watch your favorite tv show after the kids go to bed. You deserve it!
Take Advantage of Your Time at Home
Create your own spring cleaning playlist (or listen to the #bssldypwr playlist we play at Armoire parties), roll up your sleeves and get going on your spring cleaning. Decluttering = destressing.
Get Dressed Everyday
“It’s important to continue activities that give you a sense of normalcy” explains Nurse Dixon. Something as simple as putting on a cute work from home outfit can help you get into work mode and increase productivity. With clothing rental you can enjoy a taste of shopping without ever leaving your house; your Armoire package comes delivered directly to your doorstep!