Most of us are currently experiencing a situation that none in our lifetime have seen. Told to stay safe - stay home. Social distancing does not have to mean social isolating. We have been given an opportunity to slow down.
Social Distancing can make us stronger, if we take the opportunity we have been given to practice self-care. Self-care is something that in our busy day to day lives; with commuting to work, working, taking kids to practices, and appointments, often got shoved to the side. We have the time now, and although we need to practice safe social distancing, self-care doesn't have to be done alone.
Here's a list of some of our favorite self-care activities.
Take time to call or video chat with friends and relatives. In times like this, no matter how long it's been, a phone call can change someones world. Reconnect. Some of my friends have even been doing video chat dance parties, happy hours, and pictionary game nights!
Be present with loved ones. Have a real conversation! (Reach out if you need conversation starter ideas.)
Play board or card games. You know, the old fashioned games that require sitting at a table, and interacting with each other! Some of our favorites are cribbage, monopoly, tri-ominos, bananagrams, canasta, hand and foot.
Listen to Vinyl. The pops and cracks really add a layer of chill to listening to music.
Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to the news. Too much negativity can decrease how effectively the immune system functions. Stay healthy, be positive!
Read a book.
Get creative. Color! Coloring in coloring books while listening to some meditation music is one of our favorite things to do. Pull out a piece of paper and draw. Even if you do not think you are an artist, practice! There are a number of artists around the world who are sharing their talent and teaching (for free) at this time.
Breathe. Work on some deep breathing exercises. In a seated comfortable position with your back straight, inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds. If that's easy for you, add a few counts to it!
Go for a walk, enjoy some fresh air, sunshine and movement are two essential things to our immune function. Notice how clear the skies are right now with the decreased traffic! (At least here in Phoenix, it is noticeable.)
Use essential oils to elevate your mood. There are so many wonderful essential oils you could diffuse, put on a cotton ball, or add to a carrier oil such as Coconut Oil and rub on your feet!
Take a hot bath. Add in some essential oils onto some epsom salt, and sprinkle them in a hot bath and relax. There are many essential oils that contain antiviral and antiseptic properties to help (reach out if you have questions!)
Drink a cup of tea. Actually sit with it, allow it to steep and breathe in the lovely aroma. One of my favorites is Sweet Tangerine from Yogi teas. Really helps me when I need a mood boost.
Schedule a Distance Reiki Session with us. Distance Reiki works according to the Hermetic Law of Similarity, which holds that we are all connected, as we are all energy, matter and part of a larger whole. Reiki recipients report feelings of relaxation, happiness, empowerment, ease and relief from pain.
Stretch! If you've been on my massage table, we have likely talked about the importance of stretching. Pull out the rope, yoga strap, or dog leash and do some of the rope stretches we talked about.
There are some wonderful yoga videos on YouTube. Find one that looks interesting, pull out the mat, press play and enjoy. Be gentle with yourself.
Do an at home face mask. 1/2 Avocado, 1 TBSP Honey, and a handful of Oats or Oat Bran. Honey is a humectant, which helps skin retain moisture without feeling oily. The nourishing oils in the avocado will help to smooth your skin. You can always substitute 3 TBSP Milk for the avocado if you prefer. Leaving the mixture on for about 15 minutes is all you need . There are many other recipes online. (Ask if you would like some of the recipes I have.)
Pull out that journal and start writing. Writing can help us to clear our thoughts and become more at peace with these difficult times.
If you have questions or need an encouraging word, please reach out.
Your well being is important to me and I'd love to be able to help you any way I can.