During this time of quarantine and social distancing, it is easy to get caught up in the horrifying statistics on the news or the daily stories of friends or loved ones who are vulnerable. That’s why, more than ever before, we all need to practice a little self-care… every single day. This can help our mental and emotional state as well as refresh us enough to continue what we are doing at home to prevent the spread of this virus.
We often hear the words “self-care,” but not a lot of us practice this or even know exactly what to do to care for ourselves in a way that can rejuvenate or replenish. Today’s blog will explore a few simple things you can do to take care of yourself so you can continue on with work, caring for your children, and doing what each of us needs to do.
What Is Self-Care?
According to PsychCentral, self-care is, “any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.”
Self-care should not be something we force ourselves to do, but rather to refuel ourselves to handle what life can throw at us.
Where To Start With Self-Care
For some people who are “going” constantly, it may be hard to recognize things that can help us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our suggestion is to start small. If during this pandemic you find yourself juggling working remotely, caring for children or elders, and still trying to maintain your sanity, it is a good idea to carve out a small amount of time when you can plan your self-care.
Ask yourself some simple questions:
- What brings you joy?
- What calms you?
- What feeds your body and spirit?
Start with spending some time alone to determine how you can care for yourself. Create a list of things that will help you stay refreshed, mentally focused, and strong in spirit.
Everyone is different, so self-care options should look a little different for each person. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- If you feel the panic rising, take a breath, and then another one and then another one. Do this until you can feel your heart rate lowering and your mind settling.
- Take 5 minute meditation breaks several times through the day – close your eyes and listen to the sound of your breathing in and then out slowly. There are some great meditation apps that can help you do this.
- Take a 10 minute walk around the block, in your yard or in nature. Avoid contact with others and take the time to listen, smell, and see nature all around you.
- Remember to hydrate with electrolytes. Drink water to keep your body functioning well and purify your organis.
- Limit news input. Turn the news on for 10 minutes three times a day. Do not leave it on for the entire day – this will cause stress and panic.
- Eat a well balanced diet and try to stay away from the comfort foods high in sugar that weaken your immune system.
- Try to get a good night’s sleep so turn off the news and remember good sleep hygiene.
Here at Angel Healing Group, we recommend self-care to maintain a healthy attitude and mental state, as well as keep your body functioning well. If you have questions or comments on your own self-care routine, contact us or check out our website for more helpful ideas or testimonials.