The Importance of Self-Care During Covid-19
Are you feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, cynical, or negative towards others, yourself, or your work? You may be stressed or burned out. Stress can occur when you feel too much pressure. While many factors contribute to stress like work, relationships, money - you fill in the blank, we also have the added stress of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way we live, from our work to our learning to our social lives. And along with it brings a unique set of challenges for all of us. In stressful times, it is important to prioritize self-care and expand your routine of caring for yourself to nourish all levels of your being.
Self-care nurtures and refuels you at a deep level. Each of us has many sides that make us whole:
Emotional and mental state
Relationship to self
Relationship to others
These areas offer unique spaces for care and attention. Focusing on what makes you feel nourished and whole is part of easing those feelings and providing a more solid foundation.
The World Health Organization defines self-care as the behaviors you do to take care of your own health and can include hygiene, nutrition, leisure activities, sports, exercise, seeking professional healthcare services when needed, and much more.
In the realm of self-care, the options are limitless. The key is to identify which areas of your life need attention and engage in activities that support you on a regular basis. So, how can you prioritize your self-care and empower the ones you love or share a common space with to do the same? First Wave Wellness has rounded up this simple top 10 list of self-care tips meant to inspire your health and wellness in these anxiety-ridden days.
It is important to stay consistent with your self-care so make time each week to check in with yourself and identify which areas need support. Choose the activities you will engage in on a weekly basis and make sure to schedule time in your calendar. If needed, enlist the support of friends and family for those items that require extra accountability. Make it easier for yourself by making your environment conducive to your activities and be present during these self-care rituals. Coping with stress in a healthy and positive way will make you and the people you care about that much stronger.
If you are persistently feeling overwhelmed with anxiety or stress, it may be time to reach out and ask for help. Health coaching is found to be successful in identifying areas of stress and developing goals for sustainable lifestyle changes. We also have a wonderful network of mental health providers that we connect you with. Contact us for a complimentary health coaching session!