There’s more to wellness than just working out and consuming healthy meals. Taking a comprehensive idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is vital for your overall health. We like to term this as self-care. Here are a couple of our favorite practices for self-care.
We may be observing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to connect with others! Set up a virtual coffee break or happy hour with your friends. Keep it positive and tell each other a good thing that happened to you recently. 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 prepared to handle this and can be there for each other. That’s what friends are made for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Build a plan for your day but recognize the need for some flexibility. For one thing, get up around the same time each morning and turn in to bed around the same time at nighttime. Write out your goals for the day and schedule your work assignments, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to dig into your favorite book. Don’t be too harsh with your agenda that you pile on extra stress. Finding a balance between a program and recreation will help you have a more productive and satisfying day.
Thankfulness is good for us. The more gratitude we display to others during uncertain times, the more cheerful and more resilient we become. Allow others grace. One of our preferred ways to practice gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and tell them how much you love them. A a nice note is also a welcome and unexpected surprise that is certain to make anyone’s day.
There is nothing better than spending time outside, taking in the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your pup every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a good distance) and find out how they’re holding up. Stay in the sunlight for for some time and focus on taking deep 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 appreciate our food! Create a new dish for dinner and make your meals count. Queue up your favorite song, get the kids in on the process, and have a good time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your outlook on life affects your daily life and influences your actions. And during these uncertain times, it’s even more critical to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this opportunity to create healthy routines and come out of this quarantine healthier and happier!