Self care tends to fall to the bottom of our priority lists. In stressful times like these though, it is especially important. So, I wanted to share some things I've been doing lately that you can do too to stay mindful and take care of yourself.
Go on a walk.
Personally I love getting outside and going on walks alone while listening to a podcast. You can also take your dog with you, or make it a group activity and go around the neighborhood with those you live with. If you live alone, this is also a great time to call a friend. Getting some fresh air will help you not to feel so cooped up and stagnant in your lifestyle.
If you are able to, definitely make a point of sleeping in. We are living through a stressful period of time. Although we have the time to be productive, it is not always necessary to be filling every second of the day with a different activity. Make sure you are allowing yourself to relax and let go of the stress you might be holding in. Whether you are sleeping in, taking an afternoon nap, or participating in a meditation, take the time to calm your mind.
Set goals for yourself.
I love to make lists, they're an easy way to visualize your accomplishments. Even if your list consists of simple tasks, it can still help to keep you organized and on course for what you want to get done in a day. Your goals do not have to be major. For example, one of them can be to put on a face mask that night, or tidy up your room. Whatever it is that makes you feel the best and like you are getting done what you want to is what should be on your list.
Read a book.
A common resolution I make is to read more, but I always tell myself I never have the time to. Now is the ideal time to read a book or listen to a new podcast or audio book. Reading a cookbook and learning a new recipe can also be a great way to exercise your mind without overwhelming it. Whichever way you like to learn, it alway feels wonderful to delve into a new story.
Dust off those old board games and puzzles and break them out again.
Another way to quiet your mind can be to put your energy into a game. I’ve even seen people participating in charades through zoom; and I’ve personally enjoyed putting together puzzles online with my friends. So even if you don’t have any physical games or puzzles, there are definitely ways around that. You can even make up your own.