MORE WAYS TO DEEP DIVE INTO SELF-CARE
Maintain a Routine. Wake up at the same time, shower, and get dressed like you are going to work, even if you are working from home. Keep up with chores. Keep your living space clean and organized. It is important to do the best you can, understanding that no one is perfect.
Nurture Supportive Relationships. The new norm means it is more difficult to see and embrace loved ones. Taking advantage of today’s technology can serve as a bridge until we all can be together safely. Try video calling or organizing chat sessions with friends and family using FaceTime or Zoom. Both are free options to help you stay connected with loved ones while keeping a safe distance and protecting one another.
Exercise Daily. Evidence proves there’s a strong correlation between physical exercise and stress relief. Engaging in any activity to get the body moving is an effective way to relieve pent up anxiety. Tai-Chi incorporates breathwork and mindfulness into movement. YouTube offers lots of free workout videos. Something as simple as going for a walk can make a big difference. So get out there, walk your dog, ride a bike with your kids, or stroll alone with a Brother Be Well podcast.
Get Enough Sleep. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is important for maintaining proper mental health. Practice a sleep schedule such as going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Turn off cellphones, tablets, and electronics to halt brain stimulation from blue light, which suppresses melatonin levels.
Eat for Brain Health. A healthy diet includes a full range of vegetables, fruits, legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans), fish, whole grains (rice, quinoa, oats, breads), nuts, avocados, and olive oil to support a healthy brain. Our diets should include omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins, and Zinc, among other vitamins and minerals. We can be mindful about our food choices to support our mental health.
Be Mindful. Being present is the essence of mindfulness, which brings us peace. Learn to appreciate the moment by slowing down, breathing through it. In practicing mindfulness, we can focus our attention more deeply, become more compassionate, and deal with urges to be constantly busy. Check out our mindfulness content for tips and ideas.
Prayer and Meditation. Prayer helps to center the soul. Deep spiritual reflection can open pathways to inner peace, even during turbulent times. Developing and maintaining a faith routine is a strategy involving gratitude, detachment, and connection. Individuals of all faiths have expressed how their beliefs help keep their stress in check while lifting the burdens we know all too well. Some also meditate on scripture or find a quiet place of solitude to refresh the soul.