In this vivid tapestry of life, it’s easy to focus on a single aspect that’s currently your priority. Whether it’s graduating from college, starting your own business, expanding your family, or finding yourself in situations such as the current one that has changed how we live. It’s easy to get lost in the turmoil of the pandemic, the grim numbers, and the unknown prognosis.
Truth be told, every single one of those interests and decisions is important and can have a major impact on the course of your life, but so many of us abandon our essential self-care practices while pursuing other valuable goals. Or, in this case, when we worry and stress excessively without actively tending to our needs and wellbeing. We often forget that by neglecting our health, we make it much more difficult to focus, have the energy, and reach all of our other aspirations, especially when we need it most.
So, if you’re eager to feel good in your own skin despite the pandemic, tend to your essential wellbeing, and make sure that you have the foundation of health needed to devote yourself to your other goals, there are a few key steps you can take. The following habits and decisions can help you take control over your physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and set your path towards wellbeing and happiness in life.
Slow Down And Breathe
In times when you’re overwhelmed with negativity, the hardest thing you can ask of yourself is to take a step back and slow down, but that is precisely what your mind often needs. Adding meditation into your life carries numerous benefits that go well beyond helping you embrace a more tranquil mindset. They also include physical health benefits, such as reducing stress hormone levels, boosting sleep quality, and lowering blood pressure, among many other benefits.
Although taking a class is always a good option, you can simply start your own meditative practice in the morning by playing soothing music in the background, thinking up your own positive, empowering mantra, and slowly controlling your breathing. You can meditate even during work by taking a brief break when you’re feeling overly stressed. Meditate towards a more positive, mindful state amidst the chaos of the ongoing pandemic, and you’ll give yourself the foundation of your physical and emotional wellness.
Practice Proper Prevention
What you choose to do today can make all the difference in how your life plays out tomorrow, or, in fact, in ten years. Considering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, these precautions will not just be vital for our own sake, but for the sake of all those around us, too. There are various preventative measures that we can take for our overall health and for added protection during these stressful times.
As per the recommendation of all relevant health organisations, you should always use a surgical face mask when going to the store, or when you need to interact with people around you, even when you do respect the rules of social distancing. Having a few of those at home means you can replace them regularly to ensure the safety of everyone around you. Of course, you should also wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, and these simple precautions will be more than enough to contribute to greater health and safety in your family and your community.
Don’t Fear To Ask For Help
Vitality is a notion that extends to your psychological health, so even if you still have the energy and the persistence to stay true to your exercise routine, but you feel unhappy, dissatisfied, and you’re struggling with depression and anxiety, you should consider asking for help. There’s absolutely no shame in recognising a mental health problem and treating it accordingly.
Thankfully, you can find a licensed and experienced therapist that can help you manage your health, and slowly build up a self-care routine for your mental and emotional wellbeing. Currently, many of them are working online and letting people schedule digital one-on-one sessions to ensure everyone has access to support and counselling. Guidance is essential, and a strong support system in your own life will be of great help while you focus on restoring your spiritual balance once more.
Rethink Your Lifestyle Habits
We often take things for granted, at least until we start feeling the absence of those little, but vital qualities that make our lives so wonderful, be it the ability to eat all the sweet treats we want without gaining weight, or seeing our loved ones whenever we please. Nowadays, hugs and kisses seem like luxuries we cannot wait to restore into our everyday lives. So, we postpone visiting our parents instead of making the time to see them regularly, which makes the current situation all the more difficult, and we munch on anything instead of structuring our diet towards growing our health.
Take a look at your own habits and evaluate if there’s anything you could be doing better. Could you invest more time to bond with people you love? Why not set up a video chat with your parents until the crisis passes? How about exercising on that set schedule of yours, even though you need to do it at home now? Would you be willing to ditch the candy and replace it with fresh fruit and veggies for snacks? You have the options to fuel your health in its every shape and form, it’s up to you to start making changes.
Health is not something you can achieve and then move on to other things in life – it’s an ongoing journey with constant changes, which is a goal in and of itself. Once you start taking your wellbeing more seriously and you stop neglecting self-care, you’ll be better equipped to tackle all other challenges that come your way, including this global pandemic and the accompanying stress of it all.
Sophia Smith is an Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about organic beauty products, yoga and healthy lifestyle. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and lifestyle related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life and Ripped.
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