There’s more to wellness than just exercising and consuming healthy meals. Taking a comprehensive approach to your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is crucial for your overall health. We like to term this as self-care. Here are a number of our favorite practices for self-care.
We may be observing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect with each other! Schedule a digital coffee time or happy hour with your friends. Keep the conversation positive and tell each other a good thing that happened to you in the last week. Make plans for when you can be together again and how nice it will be to give them a big, warm hug. Together we are better and can be there for each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Create a plan for your time but recognize the need for some flexibility. For instance, set an alarm for around the same time every morning and get in bed around the same time every night. Outline your intentions for the day and schedule your work assignments, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk outdoors, or to relax with your favorite book. Don’t be too rigid with your agenda that you add needless stress. Finding a balance between a program and recreation will help you have a more productive and satisfying day.
Appreciation is good for all people. The more gratitude we afford to others during hard times, the more joyful and stronger we become. Allow others grace. One of our preferred ways to practice gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and tell them how much you appreciate them. A a nice note is also a welcome and enjoyable surprise that is sure to make a person’s day.
There is nothing better than spending time out of the house, taking in the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your dog every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a physical distance) and find out how they’re holding up. Stand in the sunshine for 10 minutes and practice 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 enjoy meal time! Craft a new recipe for dinner and make your meals an event. Dance to your favorite music, get the whole family 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 affects your actions. And during these tough times, it’s even more vital to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this moment to implement healthy routines and come out of this quarantine healthier and happier!