Practicing Self-Care During When the World Is in Crisis: Mindful Suggestions
Guest Writer: Cheryl Conklin
This has been such an emotional year for all of us. So, if you are having a hard time staying grounded and staying healthy, know that you are not alone in those struggles. Honestly, it can be difficult to be the best version of yourself when it feels like the world is crumbling around you. Even so, taking care of yourself has never been more important. That’s why we’d like to offer you these words of advice for managing your stress and caring for your health.
Move Your Body More Often
Part of loving your body is taking good care of it and getting regular exercise. To motivate yourself to get started, you may want to think about treating yourself to one of the latest smartwatches. The very stylish and sleek Apple Watch SE comes with wellness-boosting features like a step tracker, an electrocardiogram, and the ability to play your favorite fitness beats on the go. Plus, if you plan on venturing outside for your workouts, the built-in fall detection and emergency SOS features can provide some added peace of mind.
Now there are other stylish fitness trackers available as well, including the Garmin Vivomove Style which also tracks your pulse and calories burned during workouts. Take some time to shop around and find a smartwatch or fitness tracker that fits your needs, style, and budget.
Practice Your Self-Care Rituals
Whether you’re working from home or working in an essential job, you’ve likely been shouldering more than your fair share of stress these past few months. All that tension can take a serious toll on your body, mind, and soul, and eventually, you feel exhausted. If you want to keep yourself from feeling burned out, it’s essential to take time for yourself every single day. The trick to fitting self-care into your busy schedule is to find stress-relieving rituals that only take minutes and that you look forward to. One such calming ritual is to indulge in a warm bath every evening. Treat yourself to some soothing salts or scrubs from Keep Me Foreva to make your bathtub time feel even more special and to improve the look and feel of your skin.
Nurture Your Relationships
While it’s important to take time for yourself it’s also critical to spend quality time with quality people. Surrounding yourself with the healing presence of friends and family members who make you feel seen and heard can do wonders for your soul. Not to mention that maintaining social connections can also be good for your mind and body.
If you still feel safer sheltering in place at home, you can connect with loved ones by scheduling video calls, planning for frequent phone calls, or even by writing each other letters. You can even get creative with your virtual hangouts by setting up a streaming watch party for family members or starting a virtual book club with some of your closest friends.
Make Your Life Mindful
All of the basic self-care rituals mentioned above are pretty important for your physical health and emotional well-being. If you are looking for more peace and contentment during these unpredictable times, however, try to practice more mindfulness in your everyday routines. Pausing to appreciate the little things in life, from the nourishing food you put into your body to the healing beauty of being outside, can be such an effective and simple way to reduce stress.
If you are in need of more healing from the pandemic, you can also try taking those mindfulness practices a step further by giving meditation a try. Being more mindful can also provide benefits for the soul and having this spiritual connection can be just as essential as breathing air.
There is so much uncertainty in our world right now. While it’s important to acknowledge dangers and issues to keep yourself safe, it’s equally important to not allow these stressors to take over your life. So as you navigate the challenges ahead, take time for yourself and for the daily rituals and practices that feed your body, mind, heart, and soul.
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