Updated: May 30, 2020
“Self-care is how you take your power back.”
– Lalah Delia
Raise your hand if, like me, you need some "Me time" to recharge 🙋🏼♀️
Raise your hand again, if also like me, self-care sounds like a buzz word (we all talk about it, but rarely apply it) 🙌 Now ask yourself: why is that?
We are all facing unprecedented times, and that's why self-care it is especially crucial during these times.
According to recent surveys, more than 50 percent of Americans are experiencing emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. Undeniably, the recent pandemic is a big factor in these numbers.
The multiple stresses people are experiencing “will result in a secondary epidemic of burnouts and stress-related absenteeism in the latter half of 2020”, says Elke Van Hoof, a professor of health psychology and primary care psychology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
We can prevent this burnout period, if we choose to love and take care of ourselves appropriately.
Consider this: Self-care is giving the world the BEST of you instead of the REST of you! Self-care is simply intentionally and deliberately choosing to care for our mental, emotional, and physical health. Here are a few easy ways to love yourself:
1- Start by acknowledging how you feel.
Amid the current global crisis, it is normal to feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. The constant influx of bad news, the sudden changes to daily routines, the uncertainty with personal health and the health of others, coupled with rapidly changing reports, are physically and emotionally draining. Acknowledge what you are feeling, identify those emotions, and work on trying to understand and accept them.
2- Say NO!
Create a "no" list, with things you know you don't like or you no longer want to do, and stop doing those things or limit your exposure to them.
3- Move your body.
Whether you go for a 10-minutes walk, a bike ride, or dance along to your favorite songs, try to get movement in as much as possible. You will effectively increase serotonin levels, leading to improved mood and energy.
You can also include meditation practices daily.
4- Balance your days.
"Make a list of things that make you happy.
Make a list of things you do every day.
Compare the lists. Adjust accordingly."
Start incorporating the things that refuel your energy and make you happy every day.
Look for opportunities to laugh every day. Watch your favorite comedy shows or funniest TikTok videos. Trust me, laughter is the best medicine!
Let's all have a goal this year to MAKE time for ourselves. Schedule this time on your calendar and make it a priority!