There’s more to your well-being than just working out and eating healthy foods. Taking a complete approach to your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is critical for your overall wellness. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are a couple of our favorite approaches to self-care.
We may be following social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect with each other! Set up a virtual coffee break or happy hour with your friends. Keep it positive and tell each other one good thing that happened to you lately. Think about plans for when you can be together again and how nice it will be to give them an enormous, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can support each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Create an agenda for your day but give your day some flexibility. For one thing, get up around the same time each morning and get in bed around the same time every evening. Outline your intentions for the day and plan out your work projects, but set aside some time for your daily workout, a walk outdoors, or to relax with your favorite book. Don’t be too strict with your plan that you create needless stress. Maintaining a balance between routine and leisure will help you have a more constructive and satisfying day.
Appreciation is good for humans. The more gratitude we give to others during tough times, the more joyful and more resilient we become. Allow others grace. One of our preferred ways to carry out gratitude is to contact a loved one and let them know how much you appreciate them. A personal note is also an exciting and unexpected surprise that is certain to make a person’s day.
Nothing’s better than spending time outdoors, breathing the fresh air. Take a stroll with your pet or family every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a safe distance) and find out how they’re holding up. Stand 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 together at our local favorites doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our meals! Create a new dish for dinner and make your meals feel special. Listen to your favorite album, get the kiddos involved, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your attitude affects your daily life and affects your actions. And during these strange times, it’s even more crucial to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this opportunity to work on healthy routines and come out of this quarantine healthier and happier!