Quarantine Self-Care By: Monia Begum

Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you just want to stop thinking about all the things that are bothering you? 

Being quarantined may seem like a good idea but all the thoughts you were trying to get away from by going to school, work, gym, etc., is all rushing back to you. Now you’re thinking about all the ways you can start working from home. How to get some peace and quiet with family or roommates constantly in your personal space. Etc.

Let’s pause for a moment there and remember that this is the best time to focus on YOU!!

All those sleepless nights. Getting home late from daily routines. You can finally think about one thing… YOU!

This is one of the most famous self-care techniques and was dated back to ancient times. And you’re going to think it’s corny, but it works.

Breathing.

Take a moment to sit up on a comfortable chair or have your back side laid on a bed. And think about a peaceful place. Maybe the sounds of ocean waves in a desserted beach. Or the feeling of warmth on a cold rainy day in a blanket with warm hot chocolate and a movie. Or the feeling of a fireplace, with the crackling sound of the wood in the chimney. Some where that you can be just.. calm.

Use the method– 5, 6, 7.

Breathe in slowly with your nose for 5 seconds. Hold your breath for 6 and release out through the mouth slowly got 7 seconds.

This not only relaxes your muscles and lungs but also gives you a moment to have a clear mind and go on with your tasks without worry.

There are plenty of great resources for breathing techniques and meditation. Here are a few:

Attachments areaPreview YouTube video BREATHE – Calming music for stress & anxiety relief (with gentle rolling waves)BREATHE – Calming music for stress & anxiety relief (with gentle rolling waves)Preview YouTube video Breathing Meditation | UCLA Mindful Awareness Research CenterBreathing Meditation | UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

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