It’s hard not to check the news or to be consumed by all of the negativity that is spreading throughout the world right now. Everywhere we look, we are faced with statistics on how many are ill, how many have died, how many are jobless, how many are rebelling against government orders, and how long we may continue on this path of uncertainty.
There are many things in which we don’t know right now, but regardless of the times we are facing, we still need to take the time to care for ourselves. In fact, we probably need to take care of ourselves now more than ever with all of the uncertainty in which we are facing.
It’s easy to fall into negative habits while being stuck at home. Let’s face it, you probably don’t feel the need to dress up just to sit at your remote workstation, you may have let yourself go and stopped taking care of your body as nobody has seen you for the last two months, or you may have had too much comfort food during these last few months trying to find some ounce of comfort and familiarity in life.
But, for the sake of your well-being, it’s time to start taking care of yourself once again. Not just for your physical health, but for your mental health as well.
While it isn’t easy to prioritize self care during difficult times, the longer you procrastinate, the more bad habits you will develop and the harder it will be to break those habits in the future.
What is Self Care
Self-care is any activity in which we partake in that will help us to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. And while this may seem like a simple and basic concept, it is one that many overlook – especially during difficult times.
Good self-care is important for many reasons. For starters, it helps to create healthy habits. The more that you learn to care for yourself and make yourself your top priority, the easier it will be to develop healthier habits.
Self-care also plays a huge role in your daily mood and the amount of happiness and joy you feel on any given day. When you care for yourself, you will feel happier, more joyful, and will experience lower levels of stress and negativity. But when you don’t care for yourself, stress, negativity, and feelings of doubt will begin to consume your mind.
Nobody wants this, nor does anybody deserve this.
A simple solution to ensure that you feel more happiness, positivity, joy, and all of the other amazing emotions in life – start taking care of yourself.
The Importance of Self Care During Difficult Times
Self-care and self-love go hand in hand. If you do not love yourself, you are not going to care for yourself. If you do not care for yourself, you are not going to love yourself as much as you probably should.
Over the past few months, I have realized just how important it is to care for myself. Not just because we are going through difficult times, but the times we are facing have definitely helped to emphasize just how important it is. Unless we care for ourselves and love ourselves with everything we have, are we really going to ever live life to the fullest?
There is more to self-care than you may think. Self-care is the daily practice of slowing down and focusing your attention on what’s going to be most beneficial for you. It’s about nurturing yourself, loving yourself, talking positively about yourself, moving your body, slowing down to collect your thoughts, and giving yourself the proper opportunity to grow into the beings you are meant to be.
How To Practice Self Care During Difficult Times
How do we practice self-care during difficult times? How can we shift our focus to the positives in life when so much of the world is currently consumed by negativity?
While it’s not always easy, here are some ways you can care for yourself during these difficult times.
1. Find Calm and Stillness
I think now more than ever before, the world is in such a chaotic state that it’s hard to find calm and stillness. Even during a time in which we are told to stay at home, we still try to juggle too many tasks at once without giving ourselves a chance to slow down and collect our thoughts
The more we run around at a rapid pace, the more stress and anxiety we are going to feel. In a time where our stress levels are already peaking, taking on any more stress is the last thing we should want.
To stop this, take some time out of your day to find calm and stillness. Sit or lay for a few minutes, close your eyes, and bring awareness to your thoughts. Focus on the good in life, think happy thoughts, and most importantly, just give your mind a chance to slow down and relax.
2. Put Good Into The Universe
You attract the very thoughts that you put out into the universe. If you want to feel happier and more positive about life, you need to put out happy and positive thoughts.
Focusing on the negatives and all that is going wrong in your life isn’t going to lead to you feeling better. If you want to improve your mental wellbeing, take the first step in doing so and focus on the thoughts in which you want your reality to be reflective upon.
Compliment yourself for all of the little victories in life. Reward yourself for all of your hard work. Go out of your way to make somebody else smile. Whatever you do, just put good out into the universe. The more you do, the more good you will receive.
3. Stay Connected With Others
Whether it’s with your family, your friends, or your coworkers, remember to keep in touch with others and to keep in frequent contact with those who want the best for you.
In the case where you don’t have anybody close, find others who are passionate about the same things in life that you are passionate about. Build a relationship with them, connect with them, share ideas with them, just do whatever you can to maintain human connection during these times of isolation. It is crucial you do so for the sake of your mental health.
4. Find Your Outlet
For me, journaling has been a great way for me to be able to release my thoughts. We often try to bottle our emotions up hoping that they will pass, when really all they are doing is building up in our minds until we reach a breaking point and release them.
Not only is journaling a good way for you to release tension, but it’s also a good way for you to reflect on the positive aspects of your life as well. Try writing down some of the things you are most grateful for and reflect back on that list on a daily basis or even when you just need a little pick-me-up.
5. Accept Yourself & The Moment You’re In
This may be a tough pill for some to swallow, but unfortunately, there is little that you can do to change all that is currently going on in the world around you. Sure, every change first starts with an act. But from a scientific perspective, there are just too many uncertainties to do much of anything right now.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to control what you can control, and simply let go of the things you can’t control. It isn’t going to do you any good to use your time and energy trying to change things in which you don’t have the power to change. Use that time and energy to focus on changing the parts of life in which you do have the power and ability to change – yourself. Focus on you, focus on being the best that you can be, and focus on living the best life that you can possibly live.
Before You Go
Your life truly is a gift. You are living the greatest gift known to man, and each day you wake up is nothing short of a miracle. You deserve to make yourself your own number one priority because you need to be at your best if you want to give your best to the world and to those around you.
During these difficult times, remember to be safe and to love yourself no matter what. You are you, and that will always be your greatest strength. Be present, love yourself, and care for yourself like you never have before. You will make it through this!