There’s more to wellness than just exercising and eating healthy foods. Taking a thorough idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is essential for your overall well-being. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are a number of our favorite methods for practicing self-care.
We may be observing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to stay connected! Set up a digital coffee time or happy hour with your friends. Keep topics cheerful and tell each other a good thing that happened to you in the last week. Talk about plans for when you can be together again and how wonderful it will be to give them a huge, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can support each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Build an agenda for your day but allow for some flexibility. For example, wake up around the same time every morning and turn in to bed around the same time every evening. Draft your intentions for the day and slate out your work projects, but set aside some time for your daily workout, a walk outdoors, or to dig into your favorite book. Don’t be too rigorous with your schedule that you add needless stress. Maintaining a balance between a schedule and relaxation will help you have a more useful and rewarding day.
Gratitude is good for humans. The more gratitude we extend to others during tough times, the more cheerful and stronger we become. Allow others grace. One of our preferred ways to practice gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and express to them how much you cherish them. A a nice note is also an exciting and unexpected surprise that is certain to make anyone’s day.
Nothing’s better than spending time outdoors, basking in the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your dog every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a physical distance) and ask them how they’re doing. Hang out in the sunshine for a bit and try taking deep breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for food at our local favorites doesn’t mean we can’t savor our meals! Try a new dish for dinner and make your meals feel special. Turn on your favorite album, get the whole family in on the process, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your thoughts affects your entire life and determines your actions. And during these uncertain times, it’s even more vital to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this time to create healthy routines and exit this quarantine healthier and happier!