Two days ago, I was asked to be a Guest on FOX40 Morning Show in Sacramento, California to talk about the importance of self-care.
Self-care is much more than taking a bubble bath or getting a massage.
Self-care is one of the best ways to boost your immune system and improve overall mental and physical health. Which is crucial in protecting ourselves from Covid-19.
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Often times, self-care is thought of as a way of “treating” ourselves after completing a big task or going through difficult or stressful times. We make an appointment to get our nails done, get a massage, or check in to a spa to relax and unwind.
Although self-care means different things to different people, here are a few basics that have proven to be helpful for myself and many of my clients:
1. Journal. Dealing with our emotions can be challenging when we’re coping with stress. Write down your feelings in a journal. Getting things out of your head and onto paper, helps get the stress out of your body. If you are really having a hard time, call a friend or family member. It’s okay not to be okay. Talking things through and writing your feelings down help get things out so you feel better.
2. Create a “no” list, with things you know you no longer want to do because these things bring you down.
Limit your amount of time watching the news or reading articles about the corona virus. It’s important to check in with new developments, however its best limit them to twice a day. Instead, watch a fun and uplifting movie or TV show. Turn anything off that is depressing or could cause feelings of stress and fear!
3. Make a list of things you have always wanted to do if you had the downtime And then…do them!
· Clean out your closets
· Read a good book
· Learn new recipes
· Work out more often (check out different work outs on YouTube)
· Take an online Yoga Class
· Go for long walks
4. Get caught up with friends and family. Host group zoom video get togethers.
I hosted a girlfriend’s happy hour with four of my closest friends.
I also have zoom calls with my family members so we all stay connected and can see each other’s faces as we chat.
Self-care isn’t selfish. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. If you don’t take good care of yourself, you won’t be in a good place to take care of your loved ones.