Be informed, stay sane: Digital wellness in the era of COVID-19

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What’s hoarding toilet papers got to do a fatal flu virus outbreak? Good ol’ media.

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Imagine this.

The year is 2020. A flu virus, the deadliest in history, by the name of coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected and wiped out 99.9 percent of the world population.

At the same time, aliens decide to pay our planet a visit. At arrival, they find the streets strangely quiet, shops, restaurants, cafes, and stores shut down. As they make their way from one house to the next, the aliens discover bodies after bodies. What’s more strange is the piles of items, labeled toilet paper, they discover in every house.

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10 radical self-care ideas

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“I just be eatin’, poopin’, chillin’, and cuddlin’ with the humans.” – Bach on his radical self-care routine

There is certainly no shortage of self-care ideas to browse through on the World Wide Web, advising us to meditate, walk-in nature, or get a massage, body scrub, facial or book yourself into a spa for a day or weekend.

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I’m very indulgent when it comes to self-care. I, too, love spending $7 on Starbucks latte to treat myself, although I cannot get into meditation to save my life.

As I admitted in a previous post, 4 radical digital detox ideas, I am obsessed with radical ideas and prefer the unconventional approach when it comes to practicing self-care.

Below are 10 radical self-care ideas I practice and find to be the most useful, in no particular order of importance.


1. Make a list of personal policies to live by.

Moving forward, one of my personal policies for this year is I will only tip based on service, and not just to avoid being stereotyped.

It is extremely demeaning to tip after receiving inferior service just to avoid contributing to the stereotype.

While on the topic, avoiding certain establishments where I feel un-welcomed at is also part of the list.

WATCH: How to set Personal Policies for a Better 2019

2. Do not do things that leave you feeling bitter.

For instance, don’t hang around people that leave you feeling bitter, whether it’s because they drain you of your energy, or it’s because you envy them.

Ask yourself, do I feel energized and motivated, or exhausted and bitter, after spending time with this person?  

3. Quit your job if it’s draining you.

 NO ONE ever said, ‘I wish I stayed at that job that was making me extremely miserable.

Like, ever.

4. Give a damn about giving a damn.

The world is full of cynical, lazy assholes.

It’s cowardly.

Instead, stand for something. Believe in something.

Aim at something, even if badly.

5. Show yourself some tough love.

Self-love is important and all, but what about tough-self-love? My favourite saying is, ‘But, did you die though?’ 

6. Quit the news altogether.

Right after the election, Erik Hagerman decided he’d take a break from reading about the hoopla of politics. Donald Trump’s victory shook him. Badly. And so Mr. Hagerman developed his own eccentric experiment, one that was part silent protest, part coping mechanism, part extreme self-care plan.

I’m almost forgetting what Trump is.

7. Accept that life is suffering.

Then, do awesome things that make the suffering worth it.

8. Give in.

Sometimes, the only thing left to do it to give in to the feeling(s). Take a day, a week, or a month off. Contemplate life. Have multiple existential crises. Cry hysterically. Then, laugh hysterically ’cause life is so bizarre.

Start over.

9. “Invent your life over if it doesn’t feel juicy.”

Be radically innovative.

10. Be more like Bach

Pictured above.

For more radical self-care ideas, read: 20 ways I keep myself mentally healthy