Although recent events have changed everyone’s lives momentarily, there are opportunities for many of us to learn and grow. The pandemic has brought with it stress and uncertainty. While the future may seem unclear, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This moment in time is an opening to focus back on what matters most like friends, family or yourself, and make a change in your life. Of course, what matters most changes from each individual. And the change we can make can be big or small. However, there is no question that during everyday life there are distractions that keep us from what is important and now is an opportunity to refocus and rest from your life’s routine.
Family and friends are important part of our lives. Now is the best time to engage with each other on an intimate level. Build a habit of keeping in touch with those you love. Once you have built the habit it will be easily maintained after the pandemic. Simple phone conversations or video calls will go a long way for your friends, family and your own emotional and mental wellbeing.
Finding a new hobby or picking up on an old one is one way to focus on yourself. Hobbies are great ways to pursue your passion. They can increase your confidence and build self-esteem. Hobbies have also been known to reduce stress and anxiety because you are taking your mind off work, responsibilities or chores and just doing something you enjoy. During the last few months, we’ve had a lot of spare time, which can lead to boredom. Hobbies can counter that boredom. By pursuing a hobby, you are taking time for yourself, which is a very important element in self-care.
Another self-care tip is eating healthy. With a lot of restaurants and bars being closed now is the best opportunity to change the way you eat. Slow-down on ordering out and be honest with yourself about your eating habits. Without a doubt, this will be a challenging task. But it is time to look at food as fuel for our bodies. Our bodies function better when we give it nutritious foods. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a glass of wine or a chocolate bar now and then, but it does mean you have to be deliberate in finding balance in your food choices.
Life is all about the choices we make. One of the choices all of us need to make is sleeping better. Experts in health all agree that sleep is an important component of a healthy life and self-care. Sleeping is a life function that lets your body heal and recover its energy. A goodnight’s rest will lead to increased energy, better focus and less stress. Sometimes our responsibilities have a negative impact on our work-rest balance. With a lot of people working from home now, this is the best opportunity to get our sleeping routine back on track.