This Is Us star Chrissy Metz reveals how she’s practicing self-care during quarantine

These days, it’s a bit difficult to relax. Thankfully, This Is Us star Chrissy Metz is sharing how she’s managing self-care right now.

Since the nationwide stay-at-home orders began on March 19, nonessential workers have been left in quarantine. Although we here at This Is Us Crying are still here to provide you daily news about This Is Us, I am finding a lot of time on my hands to reflect on the novel coronavirus pandemic. At times, it’s very overwhelming, and I’m constantly reminding myself to practice self-care.

That’s why I believe the essay written by Chrissy Metz for PEOPLE Magazine’s 2020 Most Beautiful Issue is a beacon of hope for anyone that may be currently struggling. In the essay, Metz describes her simple morning routine that includes writing a gratitude list, praying and meditating, taking her vitamins, and drinking lemon water.

Metz writes:

It sounds so silly, but it sets the tone and allows the space to be really present throughout the day for a conversation or any way I can be of service.

Chrissy Metz isn’t just talking about ways she can be of service to others but herself. It’s a monumental task for sure in a day-and-age where productivity seems to be our measure of success and a well-lived life. Unfortunately, self-care often falls to the wayside as we’re often encouraged to prioritize serving the community over ourselves.

As a result, we learn to become our own worst enemy. As Metz writes:

Sometimes we think, “Why am I stressed or worried about this or that? There are people who are on the frontlines risking their lives.”

While the importance of those risking their lives to protect ours cannot be understated, it’s also important to realize that someone else’s struggles do not invalidate yours. Growing up in the disabled community, a community whose members are frequently used as a means for motivating others, I came to understand how misguided that line of thinking was.

Everybody struggles. Yes, it’s not healthy to dwell on what you can’t change, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t acknowledge when things get to be too much, as Beth tells Randall in Season 4, Episode 11. Now, more than ever, we must take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. We must understand that this is a truly unprecedented time for all of us.

As Chrissy Metz writes, “[…] We are learning and adjusting as we go.”

We must be patient with ourselves and each other. Metz says that everyone is processing this situation in different ways. Some people will pour themselves into their work or side projects, some will exercise, and some will binge-watch This Is Us on Hulu. It’s all relative.

Metz says that “[…] It’s always okay to stop and reevaluate each day as you go,” and I agree. As long as you aren’t hurting yourself or others, do what you need to do to get through this.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.

This Is Us is tentatively set to return for Season 5 this fall on NBC. If you haven’t already, be sure to catch up on Season 4 via Hulu or the NBC app.