Like many of us, I am trying to take care of myself this year. Sometimes it’s relatively easy, and sometimes it’s a challenge. I’ll give you a list of things I’ve tried lately, in case you’d like some ideas. Of course, everyone is different, and you may find that some of these are not your style. Take what works for you and ignore the rest.
As I mentioned in a previous post, sometimes a touch of green helps (https://www.lynnlovegreen.com/post/take-a-green-break). I like to visit our local municipal greenhouse, but a commercial nursery, park, or other spot of green will work, also.
I try to stay active. My favorite exercise is yoga, because it helps me physically and mentally. My next favorite is walking. A quick walk around the block, or a mall walk if the weather is yucky, is a good way to get in a little extra cardio. Plus, a change of view can also help clear my thoughts.
I connect with friends and family as often as I can. Outside of my wonderful husband, I spend time with my writing group, old friends, and other family members. Sometimes it’s a Zoom or phone call, but I enjoy seeing people in person when possible. Screen chats are not the same as long in-person conversations.
I write, obviously. Writing fiction gives me an escape and a way to think through life in another way. I also journal once in a while, if I want to think through something directly in writing.
I also love music and books for self-care. They can take me to other times and places. They can also help me see life through other people’s eyes, which can be educational and inspirational. One book that I recently read and added to my all-time favorites list: Man O’ War by Cory McCarthy. (Check it out at https://onceandfuturestories.com.)
I should also add that self-care can help, but it’s not the only solution. It’s not up to you to fix everything wrong in the world or to do it all on your own. It’s okay to reach out for help, or to share the burden with others. You don’t have to be a superhero.
Hope this gives you a new thing to try, or just the knowledge that others are going through challenges, too. Hang in there. I’m pulling for you.