There’s more to your well-being than just exercising and eating healthy fare. Taking a complete look at your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is critical for your overall health. We like to term this as self-care. Here are a couple of our favorite practices for self-care.
We may be working on social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stay connected! Schedule a virtual coffee date or happy hour with your friends. Keep topics cheerful and tell each other one good thing that happened to you in the last week. Think about plans for when you can meet again and how nice 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 should do!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Build an agenda for your time but recognize the need for some flexibility. For example, wake up around the same time each morning and get in bed around the same time every night. Write out your goals for the day and plan out your work projects, but make some time for your daily workout, a walk outdoors, or to read your favorite book. Don’t be too rigid with your schedule that you pile on unnecessary stress. Finding a balance between procedure and leisure will help you have a more productive and rewarding day.
Gratitude is good for humans. The more gratitude we display to others during hard times, the more cheerful and more resilient we become. Give others grace. One of our most treasured ways to practice gratitude is to call a loved one and express to them how much you cherish them. A handwritten note is also a refreshing and wonderful surprise that is certain to make someone’s day.
There is nothing better than spending time out of the house, taking in the fresh air. Take a stroll with your pup every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a good distance) and ask them how they’re managing. Hang out in the sun for a while and focus on taking intentional 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 meals! Try a new recipe for dinner and make your meals an event. Turn up your favorite song, get the kids involved, and have some fun with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your outlook on life affects your entire life and determines 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 exit this quarantine healthier and happier!