There’s more to wellness than just exercising and eating healthy foods. 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 practices for self-care.
We may be following social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to stay connected! Organize a virtual coffee date or happy hour with your friends. Keep it cheerful and tell each other something good that happened to you lately. Brainstorm plans for when you can see each other again and how comforting it will be to give them a huge, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can be there for each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Create a plan for your yourself but recognize the need for some flexibility. For example, set an alarm for around the same time each morning and turn in to bed around the same time every evening. Outline your intentions for the day and plan out your work tasks, but make some time for your daily workout, a walk outside, or to relax with your favorite book. Don’t be too severe with your plan that you pile on unnecessary stress. Creating a balance between routine and relaxation will help you have a more constructive and enjoyable day.
Appreciation is good for us. The more gratitude we display to others during these times, the better and tougher we become. Offer others grace. One of our preferred ways to carry out gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and tell them how much you love them. A a simple note is also a refreshing and enjoyable surprise that is guaranteed to make a person’s day.
There’s not a thing better than spending time out of the house, taking in the fresh air. Take a walk with your pet or family every day after lunch. Say hello to your neighbors (from a physical distance) and ask them how they’re doing. Hang out in the sunlight for for some time and try taking slow breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out to dinner at our local favorites doesn’t mean we can’t savor our food! Try a new recipe for dinner and make your meals feel like an event. Turn on your favorite music, get the kiddos involved, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your mindset affects your daily life and determines your actions. And during these uncertain times, it’s even more critical to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this opportunity to work on healthy routines and emerge from this quarantine healthier and happier!