Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption and a healthy immune system. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to depression. Going for a walk in the sunshine is the best way to get your vitamin D naturally. However, weather can keep us inside. Vitamin D supplements can be purchased at most pharmacies or grocery stores. Taking a small, daily dose of vitamin D can help reduce the likelihood that the bad days and feelings of overwhelm develop into something as serious as depression. Vitamin D is also found in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel. (Please consult your physician before taking any supplement.)
When you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, connection can bring you back to center. Technology has given the gift of connection from wherever you are. Schedule a happy hour, lunch, or start a book club with friends using video-chat platforms. If that does not quite fit you or your friend group, watch a movie together using Netflix and a conference call! Sometimes self-care means taking time to be alone, but when we feel disconnected and isolated, gathering with friends can be the best way to heal our hearts.
Life looks a little different than it did last year. Masks are required, a lot of us are working from home, and there are a lot more people navigating homeschooling. In a lot of ways, it feels like 2020 is waging war on our mental health. Prioritizing self-care can help preserve (or reclaim) your peace of mind and help you be the best you possible. Here are a few COVID conscious ways to practice self-care.