Self Care Things To Do | Especially During a Pandemic
This is a unique time in our lives, filled with the unknown. We have a virus spreading around the world that is bringing fear, but also tons of community support. People want to do what they can to help, myself included. If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that self care plays a crucial role in all of our lives.
Self Care is crucial, because without it we can easily burn out. Just like the rule of putting your own oxygen mask on before putting someone else’s on. As much as we are willing and able to sacrifice our own needs, we know that it will leave us depleted and unable to really do our best for anything or anyone.
Self Care Quotes
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” Caroline Myss
“In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel ‘burnout’ setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” – Dalai Lama
Self Care Things to Do at Home
I’m a strong believer in what I call “micro-sessions”. I understand that when trying to incorporate self care techniques, a chunk of time like an hour a day can seem impossible.
I suggest doing Micro-Sessions of Self Care
Sit in the sun with your bare feet on the ground for 5 minutes while doing long deep breathing. Breathe in for a count of 5, hold, breathe out for a count of 8, hold.
Continue with this pattern and expand the count as you expand your lungs.
Make your Regular Routine a Meditation
Carry out your face cleaning routine with a slow mindfulness. Mindfully massage your face. Instead of rushing through your routine, take this time and be in present moment.
Meditation for Wellness
Present moment awareness gives you the ability to stop and be. To stop thinking of the past and of the future, just focus on the now moment. Fill your mind with the sensory information, what you see, hear, smell, and touch.
Try the Sensory Meditation Method 4, 3, 2, 1
Take a few Slow, Deep Breaths and Name:
4 Things you can See
3 Things you can Hear
2 Things you can Smell
1 Thing you can Touch
Self Care Massage Techniques
Work out knots and stress using massage techniques. You can use a bit of coconut oil or olive oil and give yourself a quick foot massage. Take time to squeeze each toe and press on different points along the sides and up the center of your feet.
Did you know, in a regular foot there are 33 joints, 26 bones, 19 muscles, and 107 ligaments?! There’s a lot going on in there, take a few minutes to give your feet some love.
Massage helps to relieve stress and increases relaxation. Start by vigorously rubbing your hands together to warm and energize them. Massage your face, using your index fingers, gently press into then release. Begin at the center of your forehead. Make small circles working your way out from the center toward your ears. Begin again in the center of your brow, working your way out. Then, the bridge of your nose, working your way outward again toward your ears.
Fill your body with nutrition to power up your body with fuel.
Give space and relaxation to your mind to create more space for concentration and creativity.
Move your body in creative ways, exercise, dancing, yoga, and other body movements exercises maintain healthy circulation and muscular system.
Ample sleep allows our bodies to rejuvenate and heal.
Doing yoga is one of my favorite ways to care for my mind and body. It can be a great way to incorporate exercise and meditation.
Self Care Quotes
“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” – Mark Twain
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.“– Eleanor Roosevelt