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Why is Self Care Important Through COVID-19 and How Can You Plan for it?

Written by Elizabeth Blooms, Senior Manager (Health Services) with integratedliving

The upheaval of these COVID-19 times has placed a renewed importance on our wellbeing. Check out this digital guide to help you look after yourself better. 


We’ve all heard of it, most of us know we should do more of it, and usually we find ourselves giving almost everything else higher priority. Now, the uncertainty of these COVID-19 times has forced many of us to reconsider self-care’s place on our to-do lists. Looking after ourselves and our emotional and social wellbeing has shifted from indulgence to necessity.

No longer can we just consider our physical bodies, we’ve had to look beyond these to the wellbeing of our minds, emotions, spirits and social connections, too. Many of us have, at times, struggled to keep ourselves on an even keel with extended periods of social isolation, interrupted schedules, thwarted plans, and an ongoing sense of uncertainty about what the short and long-term future holds.

Hopefully we’ve all learnt that it’s ok not to be ok. And that there are ways to find more balance going forward, so the ups and downs in our lives become more manageable. If not for ourselves, we know it helps in being there for those we love and care for.

Many of us also have people who rely on us. A lot like an emergency situation on an aircraft, we are realising we must put our own oxygen masks on first so we don’t struggle or become completely unable to assist those we love.

So, how do we do this? What does this look like?

What are the tangible things we can do to make this happen? How can we encourage goal setting for seniors and all of us in these important and sometimes neglected areas of our lives?

We’ve come up with a self-care plan to take any non-committal ideas out of the equation, and add more awareness, structure and achievable mini goals to ensure it is put into practice. Also, to ensure it is enjoyable. In the end, this is what self-care is all about – enjoying life a little (or a lot) more.

Taking some time to nurture ourselves helps us to connect with that calmer, more centred place within that naturally enjoys and relaxes into life more easily. Increasing our emotional, physical, spiritual and social wellbeing positively impacts all other areas of life, with any one of these areas proving just how important self-care is to our life as a whole.

Sound good to you? Let’s do it!

A Self-Care Digital Guide

Check out this Self-Care Digital Guide and take the time to follow each of the steps and areas through. Be sure to explore each identified area of your wellbeing, even those you think you are stronger in. This will give you more clarity and take the guesswork out of what you need.

In the end, you can create your own personalised plan that is just the right fit for you.

Download a copy of the Self-Care Digital Guide