Self-care is important every day, but it is essential during stressful times. Below are some self-care options. Do one of these, or as many as you want, throughout your day. Make your self-care a priority and make it fun.
- News time limit: Limit the time you spend watching or listening to the news. Allow yourself a certain amount of time each day and then stick to it.
- Hobbies: Pull out your favorite old hobby and start a project, or get a subscription to Netflix.
- Online courses: What have you always wanted to learn? Sign up for an online course.
- Take time for you: Take a bubble bath. Complete your normal grooming routine to feel fresh and more like yourself. Getting dressed daily keeps your energy up. Don’t stay in your sweats or leggings for long periods of time.
- Go for a walk outside: Get into nature and enjoy the sights and sounds.
- Take a lunch break: Step away from your desk or office while eating and actually take a lunch break.
- Eat healthy meals: Include fruits and vegetables with most of your meals. Include something from every color of the rainbow.
- Sleep: Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. Be aware that wanting to sleep constantly is a sign of depression. Consult a physician or therapist if you notice this happening.
- Stay hydrated: Drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of water daily.
- Exercise: Move your body however it feels good to you, for at least 20 minutes daily.
- Connection: Even with physical distancing, it is important to stay in touch with people you love! Call at least one or two daily. Video chat apps such as Facetime, Zoom or Houseparty allow us to see and communicate with friends and family across the country.
- Meditation: Meditate/pray daily for any length of time.
Source: Special Edition – A compilation of Faith & Health, Community Health Newsletter and CareLink Newsbriefs