There’s more to being well than just exercising and eating healthy fare. Taking a global approach to your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is crucial for your overall health. We like to call this self-care. Here are a few of our favorite approaches to self-care.
We may be following social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to connect with others! Schedule an online coffee time or happy hour with your friends. Keep the conversation cheerful and tell each other a good thing that happened to you in the last few days. Think about plans for when you can see each other again and how great it will be to give them a big, warm hug. Together we are more capable and can care for each other. That’s what friends are made for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Make a schedule for your yourself but give your day some flexibility. For one thing, wake up around the same time in the morning and turn in to bed around the same time every night. Write down your intentions for the day and schedule your work tasks, but make some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to read your favorite book. Don’t be too rigid with your schedule that you pile on avoidable stress. Creating a balance between routine and recreation will help you have a more constructive and enjoyable day.
Appreciation is good for us. The more gratitude we display to others during hard times, the better and tougher we become. Allow others grace. One of our preferred ways to carry out gratitude is to contact a loved one and express to them how much you love them. A handwritten note is also a welcome and enjoyable surprise that is guaranteed to make anyone’s day.
There’s not a thing better than spending time outdoors, breathing the fresh air. Take a stroll with your pup every day after lunch. Wave hello to your neighbors (from a safe distance) and see how they’re holding up. Stay in the sunshine for a bit and practice taking intentional breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for a meal at a restaurant doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate meal time! Experiment with a new method for dinner and make your meals feel special. Listen to your favorite album, get the kids in on the process, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your mindset affects your daily life and influences your actions. And during these strange times, it’s even more essential to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this opportunity to create healthy routines and emerge from this quarantine healthier and happier!