There’s more to being well than just exercising and eating healthy fare. Taking a comprehensive approach to your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is essential for your overall wellness. We like to term this as self-care. Here are a few of our favorite ways to practice self-care.
We may be engaging in social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to connect with others! Organize an online coffee time or happy hour with your friends. Keep the conversation uplifting and tell each other a good thing that happened to you lately. Brainstorm plans for when you can see each other again and how nice it will be to give them a huge, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can be there for each other. That’s what friends are made for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Build an agenda for your yourself but let there be some flexibility. For instance, set an alarm for around the same time in the morning and get ready for bed around the same time every evening. Draft your objectives for the day and schedule your work tasks, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to read your favorite book. Don’t be too rigorous with your plan that you pile on avoidable stress. Creating a balance between a schedule and relaxation will help you have a more productive and gratifying day.
Gratitude is good for humans. The more gratitude we display to others during these times, the better and more resilient we become. Offer others grace. One of our favorite ways to practice gratitude is to contact a loved one and tell them how much you love them. A handwritten note is also a welcome and unexpected surprise that is certain to make someone’s day.
Nothing’s better than spending time outdoors, breathing the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your dog every day after lunch. Say hello to your neighbors (from a physical distance) and find out how they’re managing. Hang out in the sunshine for a while and focus on taking slow breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for food at a restaurant doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate our food! Try a new recipe for dinner and make your meals count. Turn up your favorite song, get the kids in on it, and have a good time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your outlook on life affects your daily life and impacts your actions. And during these unusual times, it’s even more important to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this moment to work on healthy routines and emerge from this quarantine healthier and happier!