Staying healthy in mind and body is essential, especially in this current state of the world. Taking good care of ourselves can help us move from simply getting through to thriving and growing during these unusual times. So here are a few tips on how to take care of ourselves.
What is self-care?
Self-care is any activity we actively choose to do to take care of our physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Why do we need to practice self-care?
Our well-being is important no matter the circumstance or state of the world.
Self-care helps us manage stress better and allows us to be more productive. Taking care of ourselves helps us keep a good work-life balance.
Self-care is something we should enjoy doing and not something we feel forced to do. Self-care practices can look different for everyone. For some it can mean staying still while for some it can mean being active. The main idea is to engage in an activity that recharges or energizes you.
Areas of Self-Care
Tending to your mind by practicing mindfulness and learning continuously.
A few tips on how you could take care of your mind?
Set a routine. Schedule time for work as well as time for your hobbies or me-time.
Take breaks during the day. Take the time to go offline and do other things not related to work or school.
Practice mindfulness and take time for mentally-relaxing activities as well as activities that stimulate your creativity.
Self-care also means being patient with and kind to yourself.
Emotional self-care is about staying in touch or fully engaging with your emotions. So the main tip here is don't avoid your feelings, but rather feel all your feelings.
Acknowledge your feelings and know that they are valid. Write them down in a journal or share them with someone.
Practice gratitude. Think of at least three things you are thankful for every day.
Tending to your physical body by keeping it healthy
Get enough sleep. Keep a bedtime schedule to give your body the rest it needs to recover.
Eat well & eat healthy. Nourish your body with healthy food and keep yourself hydrated.
Exercise regularly. Set aside at least 30 minutes a day to workout or to simply move your body.
Social self-car is all about maintaining connections with other people. Our tips?
Stay connected with family and friends.
Reach out to someone every day.
Call or message a family member or friend just to check in.
You can also think of self-care as taking care of yourself so you can better take care of others.
Keep safe and
always take care!