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Do You Need to Update Your Self-Care Methods?

With all that is going on in the world and in our communities, your methods of self-care and restoration may need adjusting.  What worked perfectly before may not work so well now as things in our lives has drastically changed.  That is ok. 

Keeping in tune with our senses, because we are human beings, you must be attuned to what you let in, how much you let in and for how long.  We don’t want to bury our heads in the sand because it is important to address the issues that affect us, but we have to protect our emotional selves. 

To prevent burnout and mental exhaustion, it’s important to have outlets.  💥Plural- OUTLETS💥.  In many instances, we need more than one way to express ourselves and to release stress in order to live a balanced life.

For so many people it is a struggle because we simply don’t know how to deal with the additional stresses of life.  Here are some great inexpensive ways to help:

Guided Meditation

YouTube has a plethora of free guided meditations available.  Simply do a search a try out a few to see which one works best for you.  Here are a couple I have used and highly recommend:

Calming Anxiety Guided Meditation

Clear The Clutter of Your Mind Guided Meditation

The Daily Calm 10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation

4-7-8 Breathing

I wrote an article a few weeks back on 4-7-8 breathing.  If you missed it you can read it here.   There are also guided 4-7-8 breathing sessions on YouTube.  Here are two to get you started, check them out here:

 4-7-8 Dr. Weil Video

 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

Journaling 

Sometimes just getting your feelings out on paper in a safe space helps.  You don’t need a fancy notebook (unless you just want it). All you’ll need is some plain paper, a pen and a place to keep your written thoughts secure. 📒✏️💭

Exercise 

I am not suggesting you go out and get a gym membership or revisit your old gym.  I am suggesting that you get blood flowing every day and move.  Our bodies need some sort of purposeful movement every day.  For some that may mean the gym.  Others may decide to lift weights at home. Take a walk.  Stretch your muscles.  Many movements are quite simple and can be done either at home or at the local park. Again YouTube has all types of health and fitness videos for all levels of fitness! 🧘🏾‍♀️👟🚲🏀

Keep in mind that if you find you are still struggling to cope, need someone to talk to or consistently feel overwhelmed please reach out to a professional mental health counselor. There is only one you and you must take care of yourself – mind, body and soul. 

Until next time…

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