With so much on our minds, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Total Wellness put out an article recently on ways we can reap the benefits of self-care, which is something that’s easily overlooked when going through a crisis.
Here’s a quick look at four of the ideas they shared along with a fifth with a Thrive twist:
Start an Exercise Routine
Now more than ever, it’s important to move your body. Before or after work, consider making it a priority to exercise. Whether you do kickboxing, yoga, weightlifting, salsa — it all counts as movement.
Sitting all day? Include stretching in your routine, too.
An intentional journaling practice can help you sort out anxious thoughts and work through problems. It’s easy and affordable. Plus, you can do it anywhere!
Practice Self Kindness
How kind are you to yourself? When you mess up, do you immediately berate yourself? Giving yourself grace, patience, acceptance, and being non-judgemental are keys to self compassion.
Take Advantage of Counseling
Talk therapy is an opportunity to address current and past problems, thoughts, or behavior patterns. This self-care option is a bit more involved but it can be used for short-term help or long-term concerns like anxiety or depression.
Build Solid Habits
The life we were living came to a screeching halt and a lot of things are being missed. That’s a huge bummer. When things are put on pause or come to an end, it’s difficult. But, you can also consider it a new beginning. When things are busy, it’s hard to make changes. This whole slow-down period can allow you to develop a new mindset and habits that weren’t possible before.
These aren’t the only ways to invest in yourself. There are a lot of ways to apply some self care. But, the key is not forgetting to do it. Though we sometimes battle the guilt of feeling selfish for taking time for ourselves, we must remember that we are actually able to be kinder and more helpful to others if we’re operating on full tank. So, take some time to be good to yourself so that you can be good to others as we go through this season together.