Self-care tips from St Catherine’s Hospice community

Published: 13 May 2020

Now that most of us are self-isolating and practicing social distancing, we’re adjusting to a new normal. It’s a stressful time, and it’s only natural that we’re going to have up and down days. It’s important, now more than ever, that we look after ourselves and practise self-care. To help with that, St Catherine’s Hospice asked their community of supporters to give their best self-care tips during this uncertain time. Here’s what they said:

  • Try something new

“Take up a creative hobby, like journaling or colouring, something you can look back on to remember the challenge you overcame.” – Laura

“Being cooped up at home is the perfect time to try that thing you’ve always put off doing. Try and learn something new every day, even if it’s just a single word or phrase in a foreign language.” – Neil

  • Stay positive

“Remember that every passing second, we’re moving closer to coming out the other side. Keep the faith and stay positive!” – Paul

  • Keep active

“Use the daily permitted exercise and make sure you get some fresh air. I go for a walk every day and try to do the 10,000 steps. I enjoy watching the trees greening up and admiring the flowers.” - Carol

  • Stick to a routine

“To make sure you aren’t wandering around aimlessly, have a structure in place so you can still have a routine” – Tanya

  • Declutter and organise

“While the pandemic may leave us feeling out of control, a great way to combat this is to focus on the things that you can control. To help stop my mind from worrying and to help me feel more relaxed, I enjoy decluttering and organising my home and making a nice relaxing space to unwind in.” – Lindsay

  • Stay calm and relaxed

“If you have a garden, take up bird watching! At this time of year birds are nesting and can do with a little help from us with feeding. It’s very relaxing to watch them.” – Sally

“Take time to look after yourself. Even if you’re confined to one room of your house, you may still be able to do some meditation, yoga or some basic physical activity while watching an exercise video.” - Laura

Stay in touch

“Keep talking – whether it’s video calls, text messages, voice notes, joining forums or joining conversations on social media, make sure you keep talking to those that you love. It’s so important to stay social and not to shut yourself off from everybody.” – Lizzie

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