There’s more to your well-being than just training and eating healthy foods. Taking a complete look at your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is crucial for your overall wellness. We like to term this as self-care. Here are a couple of our favorite methods for practicing self-care.
We may be observing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to connect with others! Book a digital coffee date or happy hour with your your favorite people. Keep the conversation cheerful and tell each other a good thing that happened to you lately. Brainstorm plans for when you can see each other again and how awesome it will be to give them a huge, warm hug. Together we are more capable and can be there for each other. That’s what friends are supposed to do!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Draft a plan for your time but give your day some flexibility. For instance, wake up around the same time in the morning and turn in to bed around the same time at nighttime. Draft your goals for the day and schedule your work projects, but set aside some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to turn to your favorite book. Don’t be too rigorous with your agenda that you create avoidable stress. Finding a balance between a schedule and relaxation will help you have a more useful and satisfying day.
Appreciation is good for us. The more gratitude we extend to others during these times, the better and stronger we become. Provide others grace. One of our most treasured ways to practice gratitude is to call a loved one and express to them how much you love them. A handwritten note is also an exciting and unexpected surprise that is sure to make anyone’s day.
Nothing’s better than spending time out of the house, breathing the fresh air. Take a walk with your dog every day after lunch. Say hello to your neighbors (from a safe distance) and ask them how they’re doing. Hang out in the sun for 10 minutes and practice taking intentional 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 appreciate a good meal! Make a new dish for dinner and make your meals feel like an event. Queue up your favorite album, get the kids in on it, and have some fun with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your mindset affects your daily life and influences your actions. And during these unusual times, it’s even more essential to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this time to work on healthy routines and exit this quarantine healthier and happier!