I had a bad day yesterday...after 3 weeks of shelter in place, it finally got to me. I hadn't slept much the night before, woke up with a headache, and the first thing I heard on the news was the death toll in New York. It sent me into a tailspin.
We're in tough times indeed. Now, more than ever, it's important to be kind to ourselves...allow ourselves some grace. It's okay to have a bad day....or three.
Yes, there is social media, but do you miss hearing voices as I do? Let's get creative, how about a video coffee date with a friend? Plan a time to sip coffee and chat on Facetime, Zoom, etc.
I personally learned how much it helps this week. After a long talk/call with a friend in Texas (thanks Lisa) we were able to share our similar experiences, laugh, support, and even challenge one another. I can't tell you how much the call lifted my spirits. For me, this was a form of self-care by connection.
Connection one of our fundamental human needs and benefits the offerer as much as the offeree. Being socially distant doesn't have to mean being socially separated.
Why is Self-Care Important -
Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can transmit the good feelings to others. You cannot give to others what you don't have yourself.
I encourage you to do something nice for yourself today. Go into your garden, if you have one and pray or meditate, just enjoy the beauty of nature. If you don't have a garden, take a walk and focus on the things you're grateful for.
Apply that facial mask you've been meaning to use, learn a new hobby or revisit an old one. Have you always wanted to sketch, paint, sew, or take up photography? Now is the time. Learning to do any of these hobbies is only a YouTube video away. We can find a place of enjoyment even in more solitary activities.
The CDC offers a guide to connection during the Coronavirus crisis and suggests ways of coping with stress for Seniors, Adults, and Children.
What have you done to fight off the Shelter In Place blues?
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You can be physically strong, but what about mentally?