Self Care: The Way to Beat Pandemic Burnout and Work-From-Home Syndrome

I’m starting this post on *checks phone* February 10th. It’s *checks phone again* -43 with the windchill. We are on day *estimating on this one* 534872 of this pandemic. 

It’s been a long year hasn’t it? Although 2021 has only just started, these past 300-some days of working from home and living in lockdown have led to sore necks, shoulders, lower backs, headaches, and a veritable plethora of minor maladies to make you miserable. 

So, let’s talk about self care. These are things you do for yourself to help preserve and maintain your mental and physical health. Self care helps you have a healthy relationship with yourself, so that you can have healthy relationships with others. As the saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Self care helps to keep your cup full and allows you to share with others. 

Here are some acts of self care that we can perform for ourselves during this restricted time.

Create a routine. Schedule your time to avoid that “how is it 3 AM already?” moment. Give yourself the space to say “no” to doing things like checking work emails after a certain time, or working on projects after your normal work hours. If you absolutely must, set a time limit. 

Set a bedtime. Most adults need at least 8 hours of sleep, but very rarely get it. A good sleep hygiene routine can help with that, including using the blue light eliminating option and Do Not Disturb setting on your phone. Turn off the TV, laptop, and video games well in advance of bedtime as they can overstimulate the parts of your brain that should be helping you rest.

Get some exercise. Whether that means coming into the Studio for a Pilates class, catching one of our At-Home classes from your living room, or bundling up and going for a walk, exercise is a natural serotonin booster. 

Stay hydrated! It’s so easy to throw back a pot of coffee *she says as she takes another gulp of magic bean juice* but water is what your body needs to function and run its processes properly. Dehydration can lead to headaches, pain, and lack of energy. 

Eat balanced meals and snacks. One of my personal struggles has been remembering to eat nutritious food at proper times. I can get so focused on what I’m doing that I don’t remember to eat, and then my stomach gets really loud and growly and I start feeling irritable and angry. This is the biggest reason why I started incorporating breaks into my work day. 

Take 30 minutes for yourself. Whether that means reading a book, taking a hot bath, having a cup of tea, or just sitting and listening to your favourite tunes, do something that makes you feel good and leaves you feeling recharged. 

Our lives have taken on a whole new spin over the last year. We’ve all been at home so long that it’s understandable that we are hitting that wall of COVID-19 fatigue. Hopefully, some of these basic self care tips will help to start you on a new routine that will carry us through the next couple of months when our toes start to thaw and we see the return of green grass and fresh leaves.