With August approaching that means we are coming up on month 6 of significant changes in our lives due to COVID19. Whether you are quarantining completely at home still or out in the work force and using caution while socializing, you are bound to have felt the effects of this time on your mental state. If you are anything like me, you probably have good days and bad days (or good hours and bad hours…) but we know we have to mentally take care of ourselves to remain present and optimistic throughout this journey. Here are some easy ways to care for yourself and reset your state of mind when having one of those bad days.
- Find the positivity in this moment. When you’re overwhelmed with the negative heavy thoughts of today’s world, take a minute to stop and breathe. Focus on your breathe for a minute and just surrender. Then write down 3 things that you are grateful for right now.
- Get moving. When you’re in a slump and feeling down and unmotivated, get active. Take in the fresh air and sunshine while walking the dog or get your endorphins pumping while completing an at home workout. Find our post on how to stay active at home for workout ideas and inspiration.
- Take time to get ready for the day. Setting aside a little time to shower, get dressed, do your hair, etc. helps you look more put together which in turn helps you feel more put together.
- Wake up earlier. Setting an alarm and being woken up at a scheduled time allows you the time to meditate, stretch, go for a walk- start the day off on the right foot.
- Connect. Take time to connect with those around you- could be your family, your neighbors or your friends. Call someone important to you and catch up. Sit down with your kids and play a game. Check in on your neighbors to see how they are holding up and if there is anything they need. Now is the time to connect deeply with those around you.
- Disconnect. If the social media game is wearing on you- get off of it. Remove yourself from people or sites that are draining you and spend 1-2 days off social media altogether each week.
Remember we are all in this together!