Updated: May 3, 2020
In this difficult moment in time, when many of us are required to take on responsibilities at home or people who are self-employed are forced to stop it is easy to forget about ourselves: Self-care is extremely important every day, and even more so when under stress. If you cannot take care of yourself how will you be able to do anything for others? Yet, it can be the easiest responsibility to overlook or ignore because there are so many other demands of your time and attention –homeschooling children, trying to figure out how you will pay your bills, supporting family and friends who may be ill or at greater risk, helping your communities, extending roles at work to support the business, or feeling isolated, just to name a few. This has been a stressful time and I offer a few thoughts to consider:
Learn a new skill – This time has caused many to shift from the norm. Business owners had to get creative with how they are providing services and products. We have been pushed to think outside of the box. Tap into what you love to do and don’t fear what others think.
Try something new: Use this time to try something new like a new recipe, taking a bubble bath with cucumbers and lemons or reading that book that has dust on it, on the counter. Sometimes a new space can make a huge difference. Redecorate your room or change the colors to add a pop of brightness.
Get outside, if possible: Take a walk around the neighborhood, if possible. Absorb the trees and the birds and the simple things of life. Have fun and take time out for you: Zoom is an excellent source to get with the girls. I just attended a zoom baby shower and it was fun. Play games with your loved ones, take an online class, support a local small business, watch Netflix, meditate, exercise and just appreciate the small things.
What is an outlet for you? Find the one that fits your life and your needs and then commit to doing it as often as you can. You, too, are a priority among your many priorities.