There’s more to wellness than just working out and focusing on healthy meals. Taking a global approach to your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is critical for your overall health. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are a number of our favorite methods for practicing self-care.
We may be working on social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to connect with each other! Book an online coffee time or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep topics cheerful and tell each other a good thing that happened to you in the last few days. Brainstorm plans for when you can meet again and how great it will be to give them a huge, warm hug. Together we are more capable and can support each other. That’s what friends are made for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Create a schedule for your day but recognize the need for 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 out your goals for the day and schedule your work tasks, but make some time for your daily workout, a walk outside, or to dig into your favorite book. Don’t be too rigid with your agenda that you add avoidable stress. Creating a balance between routine and leisure will help you have a more constructive and rewarding day.
Gratitude is good for anyone. The more gratitude we offer to others during tough times, the better and tougher we become. Provide others grace. One of our most treasured ways to offer gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and let them know how much you cherish them. A handwritten note is also an exciting and unexpected surprise that is sure to make someone’s day.
There’s not a thing better than spending time out of the house, breathing the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your pet or family every day after lunch. Say hello to your neighbors (from a safe distance) and find out how they’re feeling. Stand in the sun for 10 minutes and focus on taking intentional breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out to dinner at our favorite places doesn’t mean we can’t savor a good meal! Craft a new dish for dinner and make your meals feel special. Queue up your favorite music, get the whole family involved, and have some fun with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your attitude affects your day-to-day life and affects 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 moment to work on healthy routines and exit this quarantine healthier and happier!