There’s more to your well-being than just training and eating healthy meals. Taking a complete idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is essential for your overall well-being. We like to describe this as self-care. Here are a few of our favorite approaches to self-care.
We may be practicing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to stay connected! Set up an online coffee break or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep the conversation cheerful and tell each other something good that happened to you recently. Brainstorm plans for when you can see each other again and how awesome it will be to give them an enormous, warm hug. Together we are better prepared to handle this and can be there for each other. That’s what friends are supposed to do!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Create a schedule for your time but let there be some flexibility. For instance, set an alarm for around the same time each morning and get in bed around the same time every evening. Write out your intentions for the day and schedule 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 strict with your plan that you add needless stress. Finding a balance between a program and leisure will help you have a more useful and gratifying day.
Appreciation is good for us. The more gratitude we offer to others during tough times, the more cheerful and tougher we become. Provide others grace. One of our preferred ways to offer gratitude is to call a loved one and let them know how much you appreciate them. A a nice note is also a welcome and enjoyable surprise that is sure to make anyone’s day.
There’s not a thing better than spending time outdoors, breathing the fresh air. Take a break and walk with your pup every day after lunch. Wave hello to your neighbors (from a physical distance) and ask them how they’re feeling. Stand in the sunshine for a bit and try taking deep 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 enjoy meal time! Experiment with a new dish for dinner and make your meals count. Turn up your favorite music, get the kids in on the process, and have a good time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your thoughts affects your day-to-day life and determines your actions. And during these tough times, it’s even more critical to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this opportunity to work on healthy routines and exit this quarantine healthier and happier!