Tips for self-care in a pandemic-exhausted world

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SOME countries are lifting pandemic restrictions, while others are instating snap lockdowns amid fresh outbreaks of Covid-19.

We are living in stressful, confusing times, and it is now perhaps more important than ever to look after ourselves as much as possible. Read on for some top self-care tips from Medical News Today and our trusted experts.

As the pandemic continues for a second year, some countries, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, have partially eased their restrictions in a bid to give the local economy and citizen morale a boost.

Other countries, however, such as Australia and Singapore, are reinstating local lockdowns or retightening restrictions amid rising numbers of new Covid-19 cases caused by emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2.

There is no doubt that, around the world, people are feeling the impact of having to negotiate life in an ongoing pandemic as SARS-CoV-2 infection numbers keep on waxing and waning.

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Right now, investing in self-care is perhaps more important than ever, both for individual well-being and for the sake of our social health.

So what can you do to make sure you look after yourself and prioritize your own wellness at this confusing time? Read on for an overview of MNT’s top tips and advice gleaned from peer-reviewed studies and experts in their field over the years.

Business neurolinguistic programming practitioner and mental health trainer Tania Diggory, founder and director of Calmer, and environmental psychologist and well-being consultant Lee Chambers, founder of Essentialise, also weigh in.

Although restrictions have eased in some countries, many people continue to work from home in a bid to stay safe and keep others safe or because a work-from-home setting allows them to accommodate care duties for family members.

While such arrangements may allow for more flexibility in scheduling both work- and home-related duties into one’s day, they also mean that the boundaries between work time and private time become blurred.

This could easily lead to burnout, an experience of chronic stress and fatigue that can have long-term effects on well-being and productivity.

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