Self-care right now is paramount as we continue to be bombarded with negative news, conflicting information on states reopening while still in a pandemic. Our emotions range from — outrage, mourning, uncertainty, confusion, apathy, disgust, and hope. Now more than ever before is the time to take good care of yourself.
There are a few simple things that we can do to help alleviate stress or apprehension:
Lay off of social media, constant engagement is not a good thing. Our minds and bodies can only manage so much. Unplug and give it a break you need.
Your body is your temple, and it deserves love and care to serve you properly. Eat well, stay hydrated, sleep, shower, and incorporate breathe work and physical activity.
Allow joy into your life. Relax, breathe, and recall or find the things that make you laugh and smile. You are allowed to be happy right now.
Protect your space and your mind. The power is yours; you have the choice to say no if a conversation starts to feel like too much. If someone attempts to argue or make you feel bad, say no and disengage either in-person or online.
Remember, you can only do so much. We all feel heavy and weighed down from time to time. If our productivity is low, allow yourself to feel tired, it’s okay tired, but do not give up.
Create in whatever way you feel called to do. Embrace music, art, embrace love. We are creating a “new normal,” so now is an excellent time to explore your creativity, whatever it may be.
Lastly, set a vision for how you want the next few months or even next year to be for you. How will it look, what lesson(s) were learned, what is your goal? Take this unplanned downtime to prepare for the future you want to manifest in your life going forward.