Self-Love In The Time Of Corona

Apr 5, 2020 | Random Thoughts

We had so much plans this summer. There’s the family trip to Japan after the Holy Week, the Baguio trip with the husband sans kids, museums the kids and I are planning to visit, and the classes we plan to enroll our kids. Of course, I couldn’t wait for that eight hours uninterrupted sleep and not worrying about baon, quizzes, and homework.

Then coronavirus happened. I was busy preparing for the kids’ final exams when I got an announcement from the school that Final Exams are suspended. Few days later (and as the virus progressed, which led to lockdown), the school decided to cancel the exams and the kids are officially on summer break.

To be honest, I wasn’t very ecstatic about it. There were a lot of concerns and worries not just for myself but also for my family. The repeated cycle of worry-paranoia-worry isn’t very helpful, too.

But I won’t let this consume me. My mood is often mirrored by my kids and I want to be as positive as I can, with the help of these tips:

Set A Schedule

It’s tempting to wake up at 10am but admit it, it’s not feasible when you’re a mom. Responsibilities and little humans await, surely. After all, lockdown or not, life goes on.

What I do is to set a schedule. I don’t follow this strictly, but it gives me a framework of how our day will go. It also increases productivity and ensures that certain tasks are done within the day.

READ: Our Simple Summer Schedule

ME Time Is A MUST

This is non-negotiable. Whatever the situation is, I always demand for me time. It keeps my sanity intact and at the same time, I need to take care of myself, too.

Me time is anytime but I make it a point to have this at night, when the kids are finally sleeping, to prevent interruption. I usually read a book, work on calligraphy, blog, or watch series in Netflix. Any activity will do as long as I find it enjoyable.

Well, these books are already waiting for me.

Establish New Habits

They say it takes 21 days to build new habits. That’s true. Since we all have a lot of time in our hands, now is the perfect time to try and establish new habits.

It could be anywhere from having a nighttime skin care routine, drinking a warm glass of milk or tea before bedtime, or trying new exercises. It wouldn’t hurt if you light up scented candles as well.

Learn Something New

I’m surprised and thankful to content creators for sharing their works for free. I take advantage of those resources to learn something new for myself.

At present, I’m working on calligraphy (again). I also enrolled in few online classes for additional learning. Been cooking new dishes and experimenting in the kitchen as well because of the extra time and no pressure.

The bottom line is take this opportunity to try something new. We have extra time in our hands, so make the most out of it.

Giving in to #DalgonaCoffee

Workout

A genius by the name of Elle Woods once said that “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” I agree.

I try my best to workout during school days. Now that it’s summer and we’re currently on a lockdown, I committed to every other day workout. It feels good to see an improvement and finally fitting to some of my old clothes, although it’s still a long way to go towards getting that pre-pregnancy body. But that’s fine, yes?

The point is take some time off to exercise. It’s good for your health. I swear by cardio exercises, but I leave room for Yoga and Pilates, too.

Limit Access To Social Media

This is a must. Social media can be a source of negativity, which is why I try to avoid this as much as I can. I rarely check my Facebook but I keep myself updated through Twitter. I still allot a certain time everyday, usually in the morning or before bedtime, since I still need to keep updated of what’s going on in the country and around the world. It helps to set an alarm, too.

I also choose who to follow. Negative people must be blocked at all cost. I don’t need that right now. With everything that is happening, it is imperative that I keep my mental health in check and maintain positivity.

It’s okay to be scared and to have all that worries for ourself and our family. As a mom, that is our job and we have to acknowledge those fears. More than that, we need to ensure that those worries won’t take over our emotions and mental health.

Let’s take this opportunity to connect with ourself. If it helps, talk to someone. Be more mindful. Spend precious moments with the kids. This is the universe’s way of saying we need a reboot, so let’s make the most out of this time.

13 Comments

  1. World in Eyes

    This pandemic destroyed the strategies of whole world, and we are the small part of this world. We spend this spring under lockdown. we are waiting for good rain in Thar Desert…….. Its is time to connect ourself and prepare for future plans….

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  2. Jessica Collazo

    I’m starting to do more exercise and listen to audiobooks

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  3. aisasami

    I have been working out each day with yoga. I have an app and it does wonders!

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  4. Bella

    I have been running and doing at home works everyday twice a day!

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  5. Sherrie

    Trying to stick to a schedule has been challenging these last few months. I feel fortunate that my kids are older, but like you, we’re bummed about the summer plans that have to change.

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  6. Arugba Stanley

    I’m learning different things everyday. Having time for myself, family and friends. Not a situation (pandemic) I would want but you got to make the best of everything.

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  7. Papa Jack

    Having the right thinking will enable you to love yourself. Thank youfor sharing your thoughts that makes you a healthy person in this time of CORONA Virus. BE strong and courageous.

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  8. Jackline A

    You are so right. Self-care is especially important right now. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. King

    You’re right. Limiting social media actually saves you from whole lote negativity.

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  10. Fatima Torres

    Taking time for yourself is important. With the uncertainty that surrounds us, it’s important to think of making sure we are okay — physically and emotionally.

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  11. tweenselmom

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us. Reading books are always a fun thing to do 🙂

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  12. Christopher Mitchell

    Yeah, these are things that we absolutely need to keep at the forefront of our mind! I often get lost in all that I have to do, and forget that taking care of myself is actually the number one priority!

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  13. Maxim Dsouza

    Nicely summed up. This is especially the time to learn something new. Since most of us have more time to use now, we can use it to improve our skills.

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