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5 Self Care Tips You Can Do Today!
I am not a mental health expert, just a woman trying to live a simple life and sharing what I learn along the way.
The world as we know it has changed. Global pandemic is wreaking havoc on everything we consider normal. These 5 Self Care Tips will help you cope with these changes and preserve your well being. They are easy and you can start today! See my other posts on Self Care.
Many more of us are working from home, and while that may sound like a great idea it is proving to be challenge for some. I now implement a time-blocking schedule to help my productivity.
In this strategy I block out time on my calendar for self care. Otherwise I skip it because something else seems more important at the time. The truth is, self care is the most important thing we can do for ourselves. It allows us to be productive and do everything we do for those around us.Self care is the most important thing we can do for ourselves. Click To Tweet
When I first found out I would be working from home I was excited. How about you? Were you excited to be able to work from home? Over time it is difficult to remain productive. Can you relate?
Why is it hard to maintain productivity?
Being at home is one of the things the pandemic has definitely changed. It looks different now. Home has become the office, the school, the gym, the playground, the movie theater, etc…..
With all of these things happening at home it has a way of forcing us to try to do too much at once, therefore sabotaging our productivity. I don’t want that and I realized among it all I wasn’t taking care of myself. Something needs to change.
Taking time to reflect on your surroundings and daily routine will help you gain perspective and identify your possible (if not probable) lack of self care. Mine did.
My 5 tips for self care are the result of my self reflection. There are always other ways to practice self care, but hopefully these will get you started.
There is a guide I created in my resources library, 7 Signs You Need to FOCUS on Self Care that will help you. Subscribe to gain access to my library and get the guide.
5 Tips for Self Care
Here we go…
Tip #1 Slow Down, Sit Down, Reflect
Find a quiet place, even if you have to lock yourself in a room and just sit. Close your eyes and just listen to your breathing. Calm your mind. Tune out everything around you and just breathe.
You can put on some soft instrumental music to help you tune out other noises. I use the CALM app for mediation music. This time of being with yourself will strengthen and calm you mentally. Be sure to take deep, cleansing breaths.
This can be difficult to do! Huh? I know, right? Our world has trained us that we have to be going full speed every waking moment. That is absolutely not true! Take 5, 10, 15 minutes for yourself and just breathe!
This tip is good when you feel frazzled or overwhelmed. It will help you gain perspective.
Tip #2 Your Body
Taking care of your body is synonymous with self care. Now, I am not, nor have ever been, someone who frequents a gym. I do enjoy yoga! I take care of my body by doing daily yoga and trying to watch what I eat. (I’m better at the yoga part of that statement. heehee)
Since discovering yoga I use it to relieve my sciatic pain and as self care. It allows me time to myself. It incorporates the focus on breathing.
Yoga mats are inexpensive and there are DVDs that will teach you how to achieve the poses. YouTube is another resource for yoga.
Be patient with yourself! Yoga will work for anyone with any body type, just be patient and know that you are doing something important for yourself. If you can’t do a certain pose then okay, skip it! This is about YOU taking care of YOU!
As I said, I now time-block my day and I allow 30 minutes every morning for yoga in my schedule. That is my goal amount of time. At first it was 15 minutes. You do what is best for you. Self care looks different for everyone.Yoga is one of my daily "non-negotiables". It gets done no matter what! Click To Tweet
Tip #3 Get Outside
The sun’s vitamin D is rejuvenating! Get outside and take a walk. Fortunately we live on acreage so there is no need for social distancing. Surely there is way you can get outside and soak up some vitamin D and get moving.
The fresh air will help clear your mind. If you walk alone, use this time to reflect. I find that when I am outside alone my brain is better at problem solving and creating ideas. It is a great way to get in touch with yourself while connecting to nature.
If you walk with a partner it is a great time to have those conversations you have been meaning to have. Share your thoughts, concerns, celebrations, and ideas with each other.
Simply getting away from the TV and computer will make you feel better!
Tip #4 Pamper Yourself
Taking time to pamper yourself is not being selfish! Take a long, hot, bubble bath with the door locked. Indulge the peace and quiet. Add some soothing essential oils and really treat yourself.
Read that book you’ve been wanting to read or listen to that podcast your best friend told you about.Self care is about doing something for yourself that you said you didn't have time for. Click To Tweet
Remember that hobby you started? Dig it out and make time for it!
Tip #5 Connect
We live in a digital age. Use that to your advantage and video call someone important to you. The business calls don’t count on this one.
Video call your mom, sister, best friend. SEE a face that doesn’t live with you. It triggers your brain that you are not alone and will relieve the sense of isolation.
My sister’s family and I video call every evening for “book club”. She has 3 teenagers in school and she started this almost immediately when this situation started. I joined a couple of weeks later and it is great!
We take turns reading, then we discuss what is happening. I get to visit with my sister, brother-in-law, nieces, and nephew. It has really helped me feel less isolated.
Find a way to connect with someone outside your home.Decide what is important and make time for it. YOU are worth it! Click To Tweet
Remember that self care can look different for everyone. The important this is that you find what works for you and practice self care. I hope these 5 Tips for Self Care will help you in your journey to be your best self.
Leave a comment and let me know what self care looks like for you and how you are practicing your self care.
Be sure to subscribe to gain access to my Resource Library which had a guide for identifying when you need to focus on self care, a self care journal, and other great items.