There’s more to being well than just exercising and focusing on healthy fare. Taking a comprehensive look at 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 few of our favorite methods for practicing self-care.
We may be following social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t connect with each other! Organize a virtual coffee date or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep the conversation positive and tell each other one 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 an enormous, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can support each other. That’s what friends are made for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Draft a schedule for your time but allow for some flexibility. For example, wake up around the same time every morning and get ready for bed around the same time every night. Write out your objectives for the day and schedule your work projects, but allow some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to turn to your favorite book. Don’t be too rigorous with your schedule that you add unnecessary stress. Finding a balance between a program and recreation will help you have a more productive and rewarding day.
Gratitude is good for humans. The more gratitude we offer to others during uncertain times, the better and stronger we become. Provide others grace. One of our favorite ways to offer gratitude is to contact a loved one and let them know how much you appreciate them. A handwritten note is also a refreshing and unexpected surprise that is guaranteed to make anyone’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 good distance) and ask them how they’re holding up. Stand in the sunshine for a while and try taking deep breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for a meal at our local favorites doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good meal! Create a new recipe for dinner and make your meals an event. Turn up your favorite music, get the kids in on it, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your outlook on life affects your day-to-day life and determines your actions. And during these tough times, it’s even more important 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!