Self Care in the Midst of A Pandemic

But, I will keep this blog short and sweet (or at least I will try) because I plan to write a lot more frequently as a part of my new [quarantine] self care routine. This is starting in a time of social and economic crisis, but necessary to keep up even when we come out on the other side of this.

Hey guys! It’s been a while since the last time you heard from me. So sorry, but between Seasonal Affective Depression and COVID-19, I have not been in the right mind state to blog, be on social media, or even live my normal – let alone best- life. I’ve been trying to do All the Things, and in turn, did nothing.

So, for starters, it’s so important to take care of yourself even when you are afraid. I know that recently, I have wanted to self destruct and basically give up; I’ve wanted to drink and sleep and not do anything. It’s like, there is so much happening within myself and in the world to the point where…it’s too overwhelming and it seems easier to just stop all together. So, being stuck in the house and thinking a lot as I tend to do…I came up with a self care plan/routine that I wanted to share with you readers. If it helps, dope. If not, then I’m sure whatever self care routine you have is also dope. So here’s mine:

  1. Wake up 8am and pray to God for another healthy day.
  2. Do 300 crunches, 20 push ups (increase as the days go by)
  3. Either go for a walk or a run (I don’t run every day)
  4. Remote Teaching (this is a lot harder than it sounds for you non-teachers, I swear it)
  5. Go for another walk or run (now this will probably change depending on the quarantine, but even if I have to walk to the store and walk around, I will).
  6. FaceTime at least two loved one (family, friend, bae)
  7. Read or Write (I’ve got some really good books on my Kindle, so if you want recommendations just ask in the comments)
  8. Pray before write down 5 things I am grateful for before bed
Enjoying the sunshine on my walk, while still “social distancing”.

Now, I decided not to put time-stamps on these activities because they can happen at any point in the day for the different people with different schedules and anxiety levels who are reading this. This happens to be my exact schedule for the time being, but regardless of time, these things will get done because they are necessary for my mental well being. Way too often we forget about our mentality. Losing our mentality can definitely cause a “sickness” in our souls. And this is sometimes way worse than actually getting sick. I’ve learned this the hard way over the last couple of years. I have done things here and there for myself, because when things are good, we remember self care. But I have not been consistent with self care for a long period of time or had a plan as I have now.

Remember to take care of yourselves. It all starts with you mind. Your soul and your health will follow.

Peace,Love, and All the things!

Jaym

Published by Jaymee Vee

Being a black woman has its perks and it’s challenges. As a 27 year old educator, traveler, and athlete, I aspire to candidly shed light on my journey through my blackness and my womanhood, and promote positivity, growth, and all the things!

7 thoughts on “Self Care in the Midst of A Pandemic

  1. I love that there are no time stamps on your daily activities. Self care shouldn’t feel like a chore or something to keep on a tight schedule. Some days these things take longer than others, both to get started and to complete. Can’t wait to hear the rest of your journal and stay safe and happy out there.

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    1. Right! It’s like, something we took for granted now is one of the soul sources of escape! And thank you! Just followed your page!

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