What was once seen as an indulgence, self-care activities such as mediation, taking a personal day off of work, or getting a massage are not only acceptable but as research now shows, a recommended part of leading a more positive and healthy life.
Especially now during the pandemic, caring for your mental and physical wellbeing is even more important not only for you but for the people in your life, as well. What’s always been true, however, is that self-care shouldn’t add to your stress; it should be easy. Here are some ways you can ensure that you maintain your well-being during these uncertain times.
Taking a walk, yoga, or even playing catch in your backyard will help release those feel-good endorphins so even when you might be feeling down or anxious, moving your body can help nip that in the bud.
You may be more sensitive to stress, anxiety, or even anger triggers right now. Pay attention to what causes these feelings of distress and stay in front of them. Whether it’s abstaining from the news or making sure you eat balanced meals, now is the time to be mindful of what makes you feel good and what doesn’t.
If you do struggle with depression or overwhelming feelings, it’s always a good idea to seek professional health instead of dismissing them.
Our inherent need for connection has never been more evident than when we are forced to limit our social interactions. Make it a point to call or check in with friends and family. It’s easy to isolate, but maintaining strong ties will help you get through these times.
You may not think of sticking to a schedule as a way of practicing self-care, but maintaining a sense of normalcy through routine is important to your overall wellbeing. Activities such as waking up and going to bed at a regular time each day, making a to-do list and crossing things off as you do them, or taking a walk after dinner every night can give you a sense of accomplishment.
Being extra gentle with yourself can save you, and the people around you, unnecessary headaches. If you would like to explore how massage and our other healing services can help you with your self-care, please feel free to call our Merrimack, NH massage therapy office at (603) 321-6387.