Self-Care Tips

March 27, 2020

The staff and students of KU Health and Wellness Services would like to share some self-care tips. It is important to stay home, but also to focus on staying mentally and physically healthy.

We hope some of these tips will help you as we practice self-distancing. 

Stay Healthy (Physically)

  • To assist with stress management, consider setting up a routine and sticking to it. Remember to exercise and eat healthy.
  • Stay physically active by taking a walk, using a home video or other sources on your television or just turn on some music you like and dance to the music.
  • Vaseline-based hand creams can help cracked, dry hands from frequent washing.  Apply at night for extra moisture.
  • Take care of your body: get exercise, eat healthy, develop a sleep routine.
  • Since mostly everybody is trapped inside, taking a walk or doing some simple in-home exercises to keep in-shape could be big.
  • Move Your Body: this can be defined differently for each person. Whether it’s a walk, yoga, HIIT workout, etc. Anything that involves movement within the day and increases heart rate. Not only does it strengthen muscles but can also improve a person’s mood. This is important to implement in one’s day or week especially during this time.
  • Stay physically active by taking a walk, using a home video or other sources on your television or just turn on some music you like and dance to the music.

Relax with Music

  • There is a group of local musicians performing on Facebook. You can join to listen or to perform. The group is called "Berks County Quarantine Open Mic".
  • Crank up the tunes - blast your favorite playlist and dance. Great stress reliever!
  • Listen to soothing music: research shows listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety.

Stay Healthy (Mentally)

  • Stay focused on today and take one day at a time. I like to focus on prayer and devotions. 
  • Many yoga and meditation instructors are offering free sessions online via various social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, etc.
  • Prevent media overload - limiting the frequency one checks for news updates.
  • Try to limit the instances when you go to the grocery store. Develop a well-planned list so you don't forget items and need to return.
  • Focusing on things one can control in their lives.
  • Watch and share funny videos. Laughter is a great stress reliever!
  • Think of healthy thoughts: accept temporary change and differing circumstances. Focus on things you can control, put things into realistic perspective and know the future will be different - this is a temporary situation.
  • Find the silver lining: there is a positive that you can pull out of each situation. Make the best of each situation - it's all about perspective.
  • Whenever a negative thought comes to mind, think of three positive things in your life (i.e., my family is healthy, I enjoy baking, I am looking forward to a trip, I have good grades).
  • Oak app for meditation.

Stay Connected (Virtually)

  • Pass the time in self-isolation with virtual tours. All different places around the world are offering free streaming: museums, Disney, zoos, national parks, musicians and theaters, to name a few.
  • Go out to dinner with your friends or family via Zoom!
  • Find your support system: stay connected by calling friends and family, FaceTime, text, use other forms of video chatting, watch movies with friends over Netflix.

Help Others

  • There are many people in need right now.  Reach out to others in need (remember social distancing).
  • Donate to your local food banks.