It may be hard to believe that self-care is necessary, but it is. You must schedule daily practices that help you to feel revitalized after your day. And no – that doesn’t involve a bottle of wine or a box of Oreos. Unless you have a personal butler, it is likely that no one will strive to make sure that all of your health and wellness needs are achieved. Usually, you are your own best wellness advocate.
Proactive self-care helps you to feel better from the inside out. This requires you to listen to your body and your emotions to know how to act accordingly. By taking better care of yourself and allowing yourself these scheduled times of self-care, you can avoid burnout, improve your mental and physical health, and improve the quality of your day-to-day life.
This is especially important in our current day and age as we navigate the 2020 pandemic. Many are feeling the effects of COVID-19, and we don’t mean the symptoms of the virus. The emotional toll of isolation and worry can easily spike depression and anxiety levels.
Performing good work is essential to being human, and this right has been taken away for a public health paradigm. This makes us feel unproductive and not a part of larger society. Be kind to yourself and those around you, and make sure that you take care and check-in with yourself daily.
SELF-CARE FOR ALL
Here is a basic checklist that you can follow for self-care:
- Get plenty of sleep every night
- Stay hydrated with water – not just coffee
- Eat three balanced meals a day with fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein
* If possible, try to eat 5 actual servings of different fruits and vegetables daily
- Exercise daily, even if it’s just for twenty or thirty minutes
- Wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident
- Actually take your lunch breaks and vacation time
- Enjoy a hot bath
- Go for a leisurely drive
- Watch a movie or read a few chapters of a book
- Journal for self-reflection and positive affirmations
- Pick up a new hobby, like knitting, painting, or birdwatching
- Get into outdoor sports like tennis or cycling if your local government allows
- Call friends and family or schedule a video call
- Take time to yourself and enjoy the scent of a good aromatherapy candle
Remember, self-care comes in many forms. This doesn’t mean indulging in unhealthy habits under the guise of relaxation and recuperation. Self-care does not equate to self-medication with mind-altering substances! This means taking time for yourself to find inner and outer balance, boost your physical and emotional health, dive back into things on which you love spending time, and recharging.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF SELF-CARE
Brené Brown says that “we can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly.” This is very true. Self-care does not have to be viewed as something selfish or indulgent. It can be practiced in moderation as needed, but take time to allow yourself rest and happiness.
If you are depleted, you are left unable to care for yourself and others to the best of your abilities. Recoup, care for yourself, take care of yourself, and then turn that into an outward movement.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF WITH THE HEALING SOLE
At The Healing Sole, we want to help equip you to care for yourself. Your feet carry you from point A to point B and are the foundation of your day. Don’t let foot pain play into the mood of your day.
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Pair this with our surgeon-formulated products from Well Theory, designed for use with The Healing sole. These products help you to fight pain, boost immunity, and promote overall wellness starting from within.
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