There’s more to being well than just working out and consuming healthy meals. Taking a global idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is vital for your overall wellness. We like to refer to 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 shouldn’t connect with each other! Set up a virtual coffee break or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep the conversation positive and tell each other something good that happened to you lately. Make plans for when you can see each other again and how nice it will be to give them a huge, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can care for each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Craft a schedule for your yourself but let there be some flexibility. For instance, set an alarm for around the same time every morning and get ready for bed around the same time every night. Draft your intentions for the day and plan out your work tasks, but make 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 add avoidable stress. Creating a balance between routine and recreation will help you have a more constructive and enjoyable day.
Thankfulness is good for anyone. The more gratitude we offer to others during tough times, the more joyful and more resilient we become. Offer others grace. One of our favorite ways to practice gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and tell them how much you appreciate them. A personal note is also an exciting and enjoyable surprise that is certain to make someone’s day.
Nothing’s better than spending time outside, basking in the fresh air. Take a walk with your dog every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a good distance) and ask them how they’re holding up. Stand in the sunshine for for some time and practice taking intentional breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for food at a restaurant doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a good meal! Create a new recipe for dinner and make your meals feel like an event. Dance to your favorite song, get the whole family in on it, and have a good time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your outlook on life affects your entire life and affects your actions. And during these unprecedented 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 rise out of this quarantine healthier and happier!