There’s more to wellness than just exercising and focusing on healthy meals. Taking a thorough look at your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is vital for your overall well-being. We like to term this as self-care. Here are a couple of our favorite ways to practice self-care.
We may be practicing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t connect with others! Arrange a virtual coffee date or happy hour with your friends. Keep the conversation uplifting and tell each other a good thing that happened to you lately. Think about plans for when you can be together again and how awesome it will be to give them a huge, warm hug. Together we are stronger and can be there for each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Craft a schedule for your time but give your day some flexibility. For instance, set an alarm for around the same time each morning and turn in to bed around the same time every evening. Write out your goals for the day and slate out your work projects, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to relax with your favorite book. Don’t be too harsh with your agenda that you create avoidable stress. Finding a balance between a schedule and recreation will help you have a more useful and enjoyable day.
Thankfulness is good for us. The more gratitude we afford to others during difficult times, the better and tougher we become. Offer others grace. One of our preferred ways to practice gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and let them know how much you love them. A a nice note is also a welcome and enjoyable surprise that is sure to make someone’s day.
There’s not a thing better than spending time outdoors, taking in the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your pet or family every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a good distance) and see how they’re managing. Stand in the sunshine for 10 minutes and try taking slow breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for food at our favorite places doesn’t mean we can’t savor a good meal! Craft a new recipe for dinner and make your meals feel special. Queue up your favorite music, get the kids in on the process, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your attitude affects your daily life and impacts your actions. And during these strange times, it’s even more important 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!