Suffering from an illness? Too tired to go to work? Or perhaps you have a debilitating condition that’s making it difficult for you to even make yourself a cup of tea. Whatever it is, don’t despair. Taking care of yourself when you’re homebound is easier than you might think. All it takes is a little creative thinking, a little “me” time, and a couple of phone calls.
Do what makes you feel better
There’s honestly no right or wrong way to take care of yourself at home. What does matter, however, is how happy you feel after each task. If you’re feeling upset or down, then perhaps watching a romantic comedy will cheer you up. If you’re stuck at home because you broke up with your partner, then get on the phone and speak to your friends, or head over to Facebook and message a few people. Feeling hungry? Cook up (or order) your all-time favourite food and indulge yourself. Whatever you do, just make sure you’re thinking about your personal enjoyment and improve your mental state instead of worrying about other people.
Get things delivered
Whether it’s fast food to sate your hunger or a prescription home delivery service to deliver your medicine from the local pharmacy, get things delivered. It’s understandable that you want to stay cuddled up at home in comfort and warmth, but it’s also good to stay at home and rest so that you don’t expose yourself to the outside and catch something or worsen your symptoms. Use modern technology and be lazy for once. Don’t go outside, stay indoors and let things come to you instead.
Mind your health
If your health is on the decline because of an illness, or if you’re simply feeling mentally stressed due to work and need a break, then take good care of yourself. Eat healthily and only eat the occasional unhealthy meal. Open the windows to get some fresh air (unless it’s really cold outside) and practice a bit of yoga. It’s important to maintain a regular workout schedule to keep your mind and body healthy. You could also practice meditation if mental stress is the reason for you staying at home. Simply sit down on a comfortable seat or on the carpet, close your eyes, and breath naturally. Focus your attention on your breathing pattern and calm it with each breath you make. Inhale and exhale naturally, and let the stress melt away.
Indulge in small pleasures
With more time to yourself, it’s a good opportunity to get a few things done around the house. For instance, you could clean the curtains and give your home a good dust if you haven’t done so for a while. Perhaps you could sit down and respond to a couple of emails that your friends recently sent you. Maybe you could sit down with a hot cup of tea and watch your favourite movie in peace. You could even have a long, relaxing soak in the bath with some candles, soothing music and a lovely fragrance. Whatever it is, stop multi-tasking and enjoy the things you do to the fullest.