Making it through 2020 alone is quite an amazing feat. Throughout quarantine, you may have finally had the time to discover the power of self-care through setting your own routine, mentally checking in with yourself and the people you care about, or even just taking a break from the everyday stresses of life, if even for a brief moment. But maybe you still haven’t quite gotten the hang of the whole self-care thing yet.
Going into 2021 now is the time more than ever to put yourself and your health first. It’s important to find time and energy to preserve just for yourself no matter what. All of this is easier said than done, and you may not even know where to begin. Let’s cover a little bit of everything, so you can decide what best methods to incorporate into your own self-care practices.
Try Something New
When your mental health is not doing all that great, it can seem intimidating to even consider putting in the time and energy to incorporate another new thing into your life. Make this next step easier for yourself by taking baby steps and adding something small and simple to your daily routine.
Experiment with CBD
In recent history, CBD, or cannabidiol, has become a new movement in the world of natural, homeopathic healing methods. Now is a great time to see how you can benefit from its many natural healing abilities. Try something like adding a full-spectrum tincture from Leafwell Botanicals to your morning routine, and see how easy it can be to boost your overall sense of wellbeing.
Pick Up a New Hobby
Being stuck in the house has helped a lot of us find a new hobby to occupy our free time. If you didn’t cash in on this opportunity yet, don’t worry, it’s not too late to find your new passion. This can mean anything from cooking and baking to playing a new instrument, to take up a craft like sewing or knitting. It probably will take a bit of practice to get the hang of it, but be patient with yourself. If you stick with something long enough, you can watch yourself develop a new skill, and have fun along the way.
Check-in with Yourself
Never underestimate the importance of your mental wellbeing to your overall health. A good and relatively easy healing practice is journaling. Buy a cheap journal from your local dollar store and at the end of the day, just write down anything that comes to mind. Seeing these ideas on paper can help you make sense of what’s going on in your brain, and can offer some perspective into problems you may have trouble understanding otherwise.
For starters, make sure you are taking water breaks. Hydration is always important, but easier to forget when you aren’t doing much physically demanding activity. If you have trouble keeping up with this, there are water bottles available that have markings on them denoting how much water you should drink for each hour.
As for movement, this can mean something different for everyone, as there are disabilities many of us have that keep us from just going for a run or working out. If you are able, get up from your work-at-home desk and walk around for a bit. You can go outside and do this around your neighborhood, or even just do a few laps around the house. If not, simple stretching can keep your body active and get your blood pumping a little. Wiggle your fingers and toes, anything that reminds you that your body is here.
Self Care Looks Different for Everyone,
And that’s okay. As long as you’re doing something that’s good for you and your wellbeing, you’re doing it right.