This year has been a challenge for many. That’s why I want to share with you some easy to implement ways to practice self care to uplift your mood while staying at home.
No one knew that this year many would lose their job. No one prepared us for this extended quarantine. No one said it would be easy to adapt to a digital world in just a couple of months. Parents have become tutors and teachers, and have had to learn to juggle the tasks of raising and educating their kids while at the same time working from home.
So how can we make sure we are taking care of ourselves and our mental health while we are making sure everyone else is happy and stable within our home? Read on to find out!
1. Create boundaries within your home
Living, working, eating, exercising and spending time in the same space can become mentally exhausting. It is important to create intentional boundaries within our home so that we can create separate energetic spaces in different rooms.
You should have a designated space for eating, working and recreational activities. Avoid staying in your bed to start working when you wake up. Give yourself the sacred boundary of allowing your mind to rest at night leaving all your work problems for your work space (home office).
2. Create exercise routines
When we exercise we allow our bodies to heal. We nourish our brain by letting go of all that tension within our muscles and expelling all our negative energy with our breath. Personally, I love doing yoga in the mornings. Yoga is a practice that has taught me to enjoy calm gentle music, meditate for a couple of minutes just being present and reflecting on positive thoughts.
3. Practice mindfulness alone or with your kids
Mindfulness has become so popular lately because it truly is a way to calm your mood and inner energy. You can start by just giving you or your family a 15 minute meditation every day before you start your activities, or before you go to sleep.
Creating a mindfulness routine will allow your family’s energy to connect and you’ll be teaching them to relax and use their breath to calm their emotions.
4. Give yourself some alone time to enjoy your favorite hobbies
Whether it’s drinking that delicious cup of coffee on that cozy corner while reading your favorite novel, or that nice long bath with scented candles and a cup of wine.
You and your partner should implement and take turns in taking care of the kids within the free week time so that each of you can have some alone time to relax and recharge energies for another week.
If you create a teamwork system in which you both have a sacred hour within the week just for yourselves, you’ll nurture your relationship in the long run because you’ll always have an intentional time for personal growth.
Practicing self care techniques are not as hard as it seems. You just need to be aware that making valuable time to relax every week is crucial to maintain a healthy family life and relationship.
We have to take care of our minds and bodies, especially during this difficult year and while we learn to adapt to this new world. I used to be the person that would stress out about many things, until I realized that I can’t change the present or the past, but I can change the future and how I feel about the present.
If there is something in your life that you are not happy about, it is up to you to learn to change how you feel about that and how you want to feel about that in the future.
I hope these simple ideas spark your day with inspiration so that you can start implementing self care right away.
You are not alone in this. We are all going through many changes in our lives this year. So before you start getting anxious after an uncomfortable situation, stop, close your eyes and just breathe. I promise that good things always come to those who learn to adapt to change!