It’s hard to believe that virtually every part of our daily lives has been altered in the past few weeks. Stress is at an all time high. But you can’t let it consume you. Now more than ever before, you’ve got to set aside time for self care. Taking care of your body and your mind is crucial for your health, your relationships and your overall well being.

Do What Makes You Feel Good

Many Americans are currently working from home. Although the idea of staying in your PJs all day sounds quite attractive, avoid the temptation and try the following:

  • Continue to exercise! If your gym is closed, head outside to walk, run or bike – anything to get your heart rate up. Regular exercise reduces your body’s stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. It also stimulates the production of endorphins which are your body’s natural pain killers and mood elevators. Regular exercise can help you feel more relaxed and optimistic.
  • Focus on your favorite hobbies like trying a new recipe, assembling a puzzle, gardening, drawing in a journal or listening to your favorite music.
  • With many spas and salons closed across the country, do your best to maintain your beauty routine. Try a special conditioning rinse for your hair; a cleansing mask for your face; or exfoliate with a sea salt scrub When you look better, you feel better.

Calm Your Mind

It’s hard to sleep when your list of worries is seemingly endless. If you are having trouble calming your mind, try these self care tricks:

  • Start or end your day with 15 minutes of stretching or gentle yoga.
  • Read something light-hearted or entertaining like a beauty blog, travel magazine or a good book.
  • Take a warm bath before bedtime. Use a bath bomb made with epsom salts to relieve tension or a bath soak with essential oils to elevate your mood.
  • Make time to meditate. Find a quiet space, close your eyes, calm your mind, focus on your breathing.

More Important Than Ever

Self care isn’t something that just happens; It’s something that you have to actively plan. So, commit to spending at least 15 minutes each day practicing self care. Your commitment to investing in yourself will have positive impact on your physical and mental health.

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