Finding the light at the end of the tunnel
2020 has definitely been a trying time for everyone. From job loss to garnished wages or reduced work hours, we have all experienced this together. While having a conversation with my good friend, she mentioned how she has never been busier. However with limited daycare and in-school options, along with the added risk of exposure to covid, she has had to make several changes to her life.
When she said “life” it left a concerned feeling within me. Our work hours, and amount of days we work has also shifted to accommodate living during a pandemic. Your basic needs are not being met. Self-care has shifted from a “scarce luxury” item to a necessity. I took a quick vote among my close friends. I asked 10 people if they partake in self-care. Some were shocked that I thought they had the luxury of time to do so. Others thought this must include an upscale business with oils, massages and wine. While they are not wrong, they are also not right.
Self-care has become a person, place, thing, feeling, moment and so on. There is no wrong way to define it. Caring for your emotional and physical self will be reflected in your body, mind, and spirit. Your relationships will renew and flourish. You will experience a boost in self-esteem and health.
Taking time to buy coffee from your favorite coffee shop is self-care as well as taking a long bath while binging on your favorite Netflix show. It is just as important as journaling for a clear mind and healing. Choose your best version of self-care to survive the pandemic.
- Start a routine for your day to day
- Schedule your breaks
- Meal prep one day out of the week.
- Say “no” more often to add time to your schedule
- Go for a walk
- Make a new playlist
- Make a vision board (include your friends virtually)
- Start a journal
- Say positive affirmations
- Drink a glass full of water in the morning
- Donate unused items
- Refresh your routine
- Perform a random act of kindness
- Call your family and friends
- Make a list of inspiring quotes
Take time to define self-care for yourself and get started. A big part of success starts with your well-being.