COVID-19 continues to sweep our nation, and the feeling of uncertainty has woven itself into the fabric of our lives. Self-care has never been more critical. Here are a few ways you can re-vamp the routine for 2021:
- Manifest your goals: After you have set attainable goals for this year, it is time to take your top ten and write them down every day. Write them down in a notebook, journal or napkin. By writing them down every morning before you start your day, you re-frame your intentions and remind yourself what you are trying to achieve this year.
- Plan your doctor’s visits: Postponing doctor’s appointments is something everyone is guilty of doing. Now, with COVID-19, doctor’s visits are more convenient than ever by offering virtual options. Schedule all your doctor visits at the beginning of the year so that you can work the rest of your schedule around those appointments, that way, they remain a priority.
- Block time off for self-care: Everyone’s favorite excuse for not practicing self-care is that they do not have time. Self-care does not have to be an hour a day or an all-day production. The 20 minutes you spend reading a book every night, or the 1-minute meditations every morning, the pedicure you get once a month, those all count as practicing self-care.
- SLEEP: Without at least six hours of sleep, nothing works properly. Lack of sleep can lead to long-term effects like blood pressure problems or heart disease. In the short-term, sleep causes irritability, grogginess and a lack of focus. Getting enough sleep is essential for your mental, physical and emotional health now and in the future.
- The 20 Rule: This one is key if you spend most of your day looking at a computer screen. Every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, spend 20 seconds looking away from it, at something 20 feet away. This will help with eye strain, blurred vision and headaches.
As our “normal” changes, so should our self-care practices. Listen to your body and do what you think your body needs. There is no formula to doing self-care “right.” Just do something that improves your physical, emotional or mental state.
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