There’s more to being well than just exercising and focusing on healthy meals. Taking a comprehensive look at your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is vital for your overall wellness. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are some of our favorite ways to practice self-care.
We may be practicing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t connect with others! Set up a digital coffee break or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep topics cheerful and tell each other one good thing that happened to you recently. Make plans for when you can be together again and how great it will be to give them an enormous, 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
Make a schedule for your time but give your day some flexibility. For one thing, set an alarm for around the same time in the morning and head to bed around the same time at nighttime. Write down your intentions for the day and slate out your work projects, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk outside, or to read your favorite book. Don’t be too harsh with your schedule that you create avoidable stress. Creating a balance between routine and relaxation will help you have a more constructive and satisfying day.
Thankfulness is good for anyone. The more gratitude we offer to others during these times, the better and tougher we become. Give others grace. One of our preferred ways to carry out gratitude is to call a loved one and let them know how much you cherish them. A a nice note is also a welcome and wonderful surprise that is sure to make someone’s day.
There’s not a thing better than spending time outside, breathing the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your dog every day after lunch. Wave hello to your neighbors (from a safe distance) and find out how they’re holding up. Hang out in the sun for a while and focus on 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 our meals! Create a new recipe for dinner and make your meals an event. Dance to your favorite song, get the kiddos in on the process, 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 tough times, it’s even more critical to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this opportunity to create healthy routines and come out of this quarantine healthier and happier!