Times are tough right now, am I right? We're all feeling it. The stress, the uncertainty, the isolation, the fear. How are you dealing? How are you taking care of yourself? I think it's safe to say that every single one of us could use a little extra self-care these days. Need some simple tips to get you started?
1. Start your day with a grounding practice
This could be meditation, journaling, reading, breath work, prayer or any other practice that gives you a sense of peace and calm. My morning grounding practice consists of making myself a cup of tea, lighting a candle and getting cozy on my couch with a blanket. I then spend anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour journaling, reading, and praying. Don't think you can sit still for that long? Don't worry, you don't have to. I challenge you to 5 minutes. Start each day with just 5 minutes of one of these activities and I guarantee you will feel more centered and balanced in the midst of the chaos that currently surrounds us.
2. Get outside!
Yes, social distancing is a must! I repeat, SOCIAL DISTANCING IS A MUST! But spring has sprung and it's too beautiful to stay indoors all the time. Plus, nature is incredibly refreshing and restorative. So whether you spend some time in your yard, your garden or sitting out on your porch, be sure to give yourself a daily dose of sunshine (don't forget to wear your spf!)
3. Move your body
Sure, you may not be able to maintain your regular gym routine right now. But there are so many ways to incorporate movement and exercise into your life, even when stuck at home. One of my clients started dancing along to line-dancing videos on YouTube as a way to get more exercise in a fun and creative way. Not to mention it's a great way to relieve stress. Going for walks around your neighborhood or using workout apps such as Down Dog (which has separate apps for yoga, barre, and HIIT workouts) are all places to get you started as well. And don't forget, yard work and gardening are great forms of exercise too. You don't have to be training for a marathon to be doing your body good.
4. Nourish yourself through your nutrition
Continuing (or starting) to eat healthy, whole foods will not only support your immune system but will also help you stay on track with your nutrition goals. Be sure to incorporate lots of veggies and fruits (veggies are listed first for a reason;), legumes, nuts and seeds into your diet. If you eat meat, choose local, grass-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free sources of meat products. And of course, don't be afraid to treat yourself when the time calls for it.
5. Stay connected
It's so easy to feel isolated during all of this. And as someone who lives alone, I am feeling it more than ever. Fortunately, we live in a time when staying connected is pretty simple. Platforms such as FaceTime, Google Duo, Google Hangouts, and even Facebook Messenger have all helped me stay connected to my friends and family. Be sure to reach out to your people. Schedule check-ins in with your loved ones or virtual happy hours like me and my girlfriends are doing. Remember that you're not alone. This isolation may make you feel otherwise but don't let it.
What are your favorite self-care practices? What nurtures your soul and makes you feel whole? Make a list and choose 1-2 to incorporate into your day and notice how it effects your overall sense of well-being. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how it goes.
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