Sometimes we care so much about other people that we forget to care for ourselves. Remember you are just as important as the next person. Take this 4 step self-care guide into consideration when you start to feel drained or if it’s your next off day from work.
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode
Change the settings in your phone to “Do Not Disturb” and only accept calls from your emergency contact list for at least an hour. You need to disconnect from your phone and focus on yourself. Give the attention you’ve been giving others to yourself. At least for an hour. There’s a quote by Kristi Ling, “Caring for your body, mind, and spirit is your greatest and grandest responsibility. It’s about listening to the needs of your soul and then honoring them.” You can’t pour from an empty cup, it’s just as important to fill up your own cup.
Take a nap
When was the last time you actually took a nap. 9 times out of 10 all your body really needs is a nap. If you suffer from insomnia taking a nap during the day may help you. Naps are good for us. According to The Sleep Foundation, people who take naps can experience an improved mood. Every time we fall asleep our body goes into repair mode and heals. Our body does so much work, it wears and tears and we don’t even realize it until we start feeling groggy and negative.
Tip: Aim to take naps in between when you first wake up and fall asleep, as it may interfere with your nighttime sleep schedule. If all fails and you simply can’t take a nap, try going to bed earlier.
Journal your feelings
Sometimes journaling is misunderstood as just writing about your day. And it can feel hard too because you feel like you have to write down each detail about your day. Totally not necessary! You can start with small journal prompts that have nothing to do with your entire day but the small events, like writing 3 things you are grateful for or a list of beautiful things you’ve seen happen today. The little things matter.
Have fun in your own home
Due to COVID-19, we may not all have the option to actually go out and do things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in your own home. Whether that’s watching your favorite tv show or painting your heart away. Just Dance not only has fun dances, they even have sing-alongs. Have you ever tried karaoke at home? Do whatever it is that you love to do. If you don’t know what you like to do, start trying new things. YouTube and Pinterest are good sources of inspiration.