There’s more to being well than just training and focusing on healthy meals. Taking a comprehensive approach to 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 practices for self-care.
We may be engaging in social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to stay connected! Set up a digital coffee date or happy hour with your your favorite people. Keep topics positive and tell each other a good thing that happened to you lately. Think about plans for when you can meet again and how comforting it will be to give them a big, warm hug. Together we are stronger and can be there for each other. That’s what friends should do!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Build a plan for your time but give your day some flexibility. For example, wake up around the same time each morning and turn in to bed around the same time every evening. Write out your intentions for the day and plan out your work projects, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk around the neighborhood, or to read your favorite book. Don’t be too harsh with your plan that you create extra stress. Finding a balance between routine and recreation will help you have a more useful and enjoyable day.
Gratitude is good for all people. The more gratitude we give to others during difficult times, the happier and tougher we become. Allow others grace. One of our favorite ways to carry out gratitude is to call a loved one and let them know how much you cherish them. A a simple note is also a welcome and unexpected surprise that is sure to make someone’s day.
There is nothing better than spending time out of the house, breathing the fresh air. Take a stroll with your dog every day after lunch. Call hello to your neighbors (from a good distance) and ask them how they’re managing. Stay in the sunshine for a bit and practice taking deep breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for a meal at a restaurant doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy meal time! Craft a new dish for dinner and make your meals count. Dance to your favorite music, get the whole family involved, and have a good time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your mindset affects your daily life and determines your actions. And during these tough times, it’s even more crucial to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this moment to implement healthy routines and exit this quarantine healthier and happier!