There’s more to your well-being than just working out and consuming healthy meals. Taking a complete idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is critical for your overall well-being. We like to refer to this as self-care. Here are a couple of our favorite methods for practicing self-care.
We may be engaging in social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to stay connected! Organize an online coffee date or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep it cheerful and tell each other something good that happened to you in the last few days. Think about plans for when you can see each other again and how great it will be to give them a big, warm hug. Together we are better and can care for each other. That’s what friends are made for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Build a plan for your yourself but give your day some flexibility. For one thing, wake up around the same time each morning and get ready for bed around the same time at nighttime. Outline your intentions for the day and plan out your work assignments, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk outdoors, or to turn to your favorite book. Don’t be too rigid with your agenda that you pile on avoidable stress. Creating a balance between a schedule and relaxation will help you have a more productive and satisfying day.
Thankfulness is good for all people. The more gratitude we display to others during tough times, the more joyful and tougher we become. Allow others grace. One of our favorite ways to practice gratitude is to call a loved one and tell them how much you appreciate them. A handwritten note is also a welcome and wonderful surprise that is guaranteed to make a person’s day.
Nothing’s better than spending time outside, taking in the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your pup every day after lunch. Wave hello to your neighbors (from a physical distance) and ask them how they’re doing. Hang out in the sunlight for 10 minutes and try taking deep 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 enjoy our meals! Try a new recipe for dinner and make your meals count. Queue up your favorite song, get the kids involved, and have a good time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your thoughts affects your entire life and impacts your actions. And during these unprecedented times, it’s even more vital to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this time to work on healthy routines and emerge from this quarantine healthier and happier!