Self-Care in Isolation

I had to search a while for the source of the list that prompted the modified version below.  A friend posted it on her Facebook feed; it took me some time even to find that post. Then, it was not so much of an effort to go to the originator. It was created by Linday Braman ( The original was entitled “Isolation Well-Being.” It was perfectly fine in its original form, but I wanted to tweak it just a tad so it would fit me just a little better; the new title fits my personality slightly better, too.

Self-Care in Isolation

    • Shower
    • Shave
    • Take necessary medication
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Clean one thing/space
    • Tend to something growing/living
    • Be mindfully present to…
      • A sound or song
      • A sensory feeling
      • Something you see
      • The appearance of the sky, whether cloudy or bright
      • Other person(s) who share your isolation
      • A spiritual or mental practice for your own serenity
    • Reach out to a person outside your home, whether by phone, text, email, or video
    • Spend a significant part of your day thinking about the well-being of others
    • Do one thing to get your heart rate up
    • Do one thing you’ll be glad you did later…write it down
    • Do one thing just because you want to
    • Get in at least one good laugh

Perhaps we should not need a reminder to take care of ourselves as we isolate from the world around us. Whether we should or not, we do. Whether it is a list on the bathroom mirror or a calendar reminder to spend three minutes paying attention to the “to-do” list, I think consciously thinking about taking care of one’s mental well-being is a wise investment of time. As dark as is the other post I just launched, we need to take care even in darkness.


About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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