There’s more to your well-being than just working out and eating healthy fare. Taking a comprehensive idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is critical for your overall health. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are some of our favorite ways to practice self-care.
We may be working on social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected! Set up an online coffee date or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep the conversation cheerful and tell each other one good thing that happened to you in the last week. Brainstorm plans for when you can be together again and how awesome it will be to give them a big, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can care for each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Create a plan for your time but give your day some flexibility. For example, set an alarm for around the same time each morning and get ready for bed around the same time every evening. Write out your objectives for the day and plan out your work assignments, but make some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to read your favorite book. Don’t be too harsh with your schedule that you pile on needless stress. Creating a balance between a program and relaxation will help you have a more productive and satisfying day.
Gratitude is good for all people. The more gratitude we offer to others during troubled times, the more joyful and more resilient we become. Give others grace. One of our favorite ways to offer gratitude is to contact a loved one and tell them how much you love them. A handwritten note is also a refreshing and wonderful surprise that is sure to make a person’s day.
Nothing’s better than spending time outdoors, breathing the fresh air. Take a walk with your pet or family every day after lunch. Wave hello to your neighbors (from a physical distance) and see how they’re holding up. Hang out in the sunlight for 10 minutes and practice taking intentional breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for a meal at our favorite places doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our food! Try a new dish for dinner and make your meals count. Dance to your favorite album, get the kids involved, and have a good time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your outlook on life affects your day-to-day life and impacts your actions. And during these uncertain times, it’s even more essential to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this time to create healthy routines and come out of this quarantine healthier and happier!