May 2020

Six Self-Care Tips

By Laura Ressor
Self-Compassion
Use your time at home to do something kind for yourself! Maybe that is picking up an instrument that you put down years ago or finishing a painting you've been putting off. Maybe you can express kindness to yourself by talking to someone who helps calm you down. Self-compassion is important. But know that all of the feelings you are feeling are totally normal. We are all feeling some way about the current state of things.

Give yourself some grace
Remind yourself that it is ok to feel _______ (insert feeling in the blank). Allow yourself a set amount of time to feel _______ and then get back to being productive. Example: "Self, I am going to give you 10 minutes to worry and feel anxious. After that 10 minutes I'm going to read some of my book."

Limit your intake of news
The news is terrifying because the world is a scary place right now. If you are particularly sensitive to the media, be mindful of how much you take in. You can also set a limit on this as well. 

Have fun!
Facetime your friends, play a board game with your family, work on puzzle, pass a ball, play fetch with your dog or start a new show on Netflix!

Release
Find some way that works for you to release what is going on in your mind. That might be writing, texting, working out or talking to friends or family.

Walk around your yard barefooted
Go with me here – this is called grounding. Grounding is scientifically proven to reduce feelings of stress by exchanging earthly and bodily energy. And if that’s not your thing, you’ll probably be laughing through it, and sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine.

Sending Lots of Love,
Ms. Ressor & Maybel
 
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