There’s more to wellness than just exercising and eating healthy foods. Taking a complete idea of your health— nourishing your mind, body, and soul—is vital for your overall health. We like to refer to this as self-care. Here are a number of our favorite ways to practice self-care.
We may be practicing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to connect with each other! Arrange a virtual coffee date or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep it uplifting and tell each other something good that happened to you recently. Make 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 support each other. That’s what friends are supposed to do!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Draft an agenda for your time but allow for some flexibility. For instance, get up around the same time in the morning and head to bed around the same time at nighttime. Outline your objectives for the day and plan out your work projects, but allow some time for your daily workout, a walk outdoors, or to relax with your favorite book. Don’t be too harsh with your plan that you create needless stress. Creating a balance between routine and leisure will help you have a more productive and rewarding day.
Gratitude is good for anyone. The more gratitude we display to others during difficult times, the happier and stronger we become. Provide others grace. One of our preferred ways to exercise gratitude is to reach out to a loved one and tell them how much you cherish them. A handwritten note is also a welcome and unexpected surprise that is sure to make a person’s day.
There’s not a thing 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 see how they’re doing. Stay in the sunlight for for some time and start 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 meal time! Try a new method for dinner and make your meals feel like an event. Dance to your favorite album, get the kids involved, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your attitude affects your day-to-day life and impacts 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 moment to create healthy routines and exit this quarantine healthier and happier!