Self care matters during quarantine


Kate Finn

Why is self care important? Why do I need to take care of myself even though I´m not going out? These are questions that have been asked in quarantine many times. There are thousands of beauty and skincare brands out there that advertise their products in a category that is known as self care. Self care is something that can be interpreted in many different ways, but according to Oxford Dictionary, self care is ¨the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.¨ 

This definition creates a broad spectrum of options that could be considered self care, like working out or doing a facemask. But self care is not limited to your physical health; it is also related to your mental health. 

We have been in quarantine for almost 11 weeks. Eleven weeks of limited social interaction and activities. Eleven weeks of being stuck in the house with nowhere to go. This situation definitely takes a toll on a person’s mental and physical health. So what can you do?

Step one: Create a basic and easy-to-follow routine for yourself. This will create some form of structure to your day, so it will feel more like you are going to school/work. Edison Intermediate School Orchestra teacher Mrs. Amanda Gant spoke about her family routines, ¨I believe that having a routine and taking pride in your appearance really helps keep that feeling that we are still in school and not just being lazy.¨

Mrs. Gant also added, “Some days, it’s tough to get the motivation to get up and follow that routine because of the feeling that you are still at home. You don’t have to get up or have to get dressed, but having that routine definitely helps me feel motivated and positive in the morning.”

Step 2: Acquire a new hobby. Most kids spend their whole day doing schoolwork and playing on their phones, but an easy way to reduce your blue light intake for the day, and use an hour or two of your time, is trying a new thing. Mrs. Gant has picked up a few hobbies as well, ¨I like doing yoga every day, and I like to bake. I have also been growing some herbs in my kitchen, which is unusual for me because I normally have a black thumb. I definitely think that having a hobby helps you feel better.¨ 

Step 3: Start talking to your friends and family more often over zoom calls or socially distanced bike rides or walks. When was the last time you talked to your cousins? Or maybe a friend from one of your classes? Communication, even if it’s just a text saying hello, is important to keeping friendships strong and healthy. Eighth grade EIS student Annie Reilly explained, “I really miss a lot of my friends, and this quarantine makes it even harder because I can’t see them and texting after a while just gets old. Sometimes I don’t even have the energy to talk to them, and that’s when friendships start to fall apart.¨

So simply talking to your friends after a long week of working will make everyone feel more human during this confusing and boring quarantine. 

These are just a few ways you can make quarantine a little less of a struggle. Exercise is also something that can cause differences in your energy levels, so simply taking a walk in between school subjects could help to focus and clear your head. Blue light glasses are also really great for keeping away the headaches and come in various styles for a schoolwork statement. Altogether, your mental and physical health is very important and making sure that you stay healthy can be a struggle. Taking these small steps to feel better can make a huge imprint on life in quarantine. Happy self care!