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May 22, 2020
It is hard to live in a culture constantly bombarded by the ideal lives of influencers; oftentimes we forget it is not a true representation of reality. Nobody sees how many takes or poses or the production behind the photo- we just see the finished product and then try to emulate it by whatever means necessary. This is especially problematic when it comes to self-care. You don’t need to go to an expensive beachside yoga retreat or buy the newest luxury skincare routine. The myth that self-care needs to be elaborate or require a magical setting is untrue. Self-care starts very simply by listening and realizing you are enough and you do not need to conform to the imaginary ideals of social media.
We are living in unprecedented times; working together to beat a microscopic threat. The whole world’s pulse is fear and uneasiness, especially as we sit at home in quarantine. The lack of normalcy can be extremely detrimental to our mental health. Feeling uncertain and overwhelmed is one reason self-care is so important. You don’t need to run out and buy products, or sit and binge television. There are many things you can do to feel at ease, to be productive, and to take care of your mental state while you’re at home.
You can feel helpless when you are told all you can do is stay home but remember you are helping. Practice these self-care tips to rejuvenate your mind and spirit.
Take time to cleanse your space.
You would be amazed at the power of an organized and clean room. Banish your anxiety and worries by organizing your space to your tastes and comfort.
Journal a page of self-love affirmations.
Build new positive habits by putting your intentions into the world through writing. Practice only writing positive things about yourself or little hopes or dreams toward your future goals.
Get some exercise.
It is scientifically proven that movement can relieve stress and improve mood and sleep. You don’t need fancy equipment or the newest clothes. You most definitely don’t need to buy anything. You can make a simple goal to blast your favorite song and dance until it is done.
Unplug from screens and turn off the news.
Sometimes you can be too informed. Limit your news intake. Turn off your phone, turn off the TV and grab a book. Screens are a useful tech tool but can be addictive and take a toll on our mood. Make sure to take a break from technology and the news cycle.
Pick Up an Old Hobby or Start a New One.
Dust off your favorite pastime project. Practice playing an instrument or drawing a picture. Furthering skills in a hobby is a great way to feel accomplished, learn something useful, and reinvigorate your mind.
Reach out to old friends.
Life gets away from all of us- reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken too for a while. Send a letter or handmade card. Our connections are a welcome way to remember we are not alone.
Meditate and relax.
Our minds are continuously jumping from one item to the next. Take time to sit comfortably with some relaxing music or soft light and try to actively slow your mind down. Take a guided meditation, or listen to sounds from nature and breathe. This is called a practice for a reason; it is hard to silence our thoughts, but it is very beneficial to your mind and body.
Give yourself a spa day.
Take a long bath; make your space perfect for you- add candles or music. Give yourself extra care and attention by taking the time to groom yourself.
There is a power in pajamas or casual wear- true comfort and relaxation. There is also a power in dressing up in clothes that makes you feel powerful and confident. Dig in your closet and find an outfit that makes you feel amazing.
We are all in this together. Never before, have we had to limit our freedom to save lives and stay safe but we are uniting by distancing and staying home. Your mental health is still important and still a priority. Try not to live in other people’s lives and practice real self-care right at home. With the right amount of love for ourselves, we will evolve from this situation better than ever.
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