There’s more to wellness than just training and eating healthy meals. Taking a complete 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 few of our favorite methods for practicing self-care.
We may be working on social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t connect with others! Schedule a virtual coffee break or happy hour with your friends or family. Keep it uplifting and tell each other one good thing that happened to you recently. Talk about plans for when you can see each other again and how comforting it will be to give them an enormous, warm hug. Together we are better and can support each other. That’s what friends are for!
Follow a Flexible Routine
Start with a schedule for your time but give your day some flexibility. For instance, set an alarm for around the same time each morning and get in bed around the same time every night. Draft your goals for the day and plan out your work projects, but give yourself some time for your daily workout, a walk outside, or to read your favorite book. Don’t be too harsh with your schedule that you create extra stress. Maintaining a balance between routine and leisure will help you have a more productive and satisfying day.
Gratitude is good for all people. The more gratitude we afford to others during uncertain times, the happier and tougher we become. Give others grace. One of our most treasured ways to exercise gratitude is to call a loved one and tell them how much you appreciate them. A personal note is also an exciting and enjoyable surprise that is sure to make a person’s day.
There’s not a thing better than spending time outside, breathing the fresh air. Take a walk with your pet or family every day after lunch. Say hello to your neighbors (from a safe distance) and ask them how they’re managing. Stay in the sunshine for a bit and try taking slow breaths—you will feel so much better!
Just because we can’t go out for a meal at our favorite places doesn’t mean we can’t savor our meals! Make a new dish for dinner and make your meals count. Queue up your favorite music, get the kiddos involved, and have a fun time with it!
A Self-Care Staycation
Your mindset affects your day-to-day life and influences your actions. And during these unusual times, it’s even more essential to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s take this time to work on healthy routines and rise out of this quarantine healthier and happier!