One thing I do as a coach is help people get out of their heads by empowering them to choose better things to focus on.
Since COVID, more than ever, we understandably suffer with worry and anxiety and there are so many unanswered questions:
- Are we going to get sick?
- What if COVID lasts for a long time?
- How long do we have to wear masks?
- When will the toilet paper and sanitizer be back in stock?
- Why isn’t he/she wearing their mask?
- Is it safe to go to the doctor?
- When can we socialize in person?
- When can we travel again?
We watch the news searching for answers and have to see the daily count of number of cases and how many people are dying.
It’s horribly stressful, so it’s best to minimize exposure to upsetting things such as watching the news or TV shows with negative or stressful tones.
If you do turn off the news, tell a loved one who’s immune to the news, to alert you if there’s something you must know.
Being exposed to constant negative information, can cause worry and anxiety.
It sounds simple, but you do have the power to manage your thoughts, be aware of what you think about every day!
Choose To Be Productive!
Find ways to enjoy yourself by practicing self-care and being productive, not spending time worrying about things you can’t control.
Practicing self-care isn’t just exercising and eating right, it’s more!
It’s taking care of our mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and social health, which comes in quite handy during challenging times.
Here are some examples of 17 ways to practice self-care!
Being productive and practicing self-care habits, keeps us from focusing on worry.
By practicing self-care you are not only healthy and strong for yourself, it allows you to be well enough to take care of other things like your family, friends, animals, or job.
Use Your Imagination For Creativity Instead of Anxiety!
Deepak Chapra says “The best use of imagination is creativity, the worst use of imagination is anxiety”.
Being in a creative space, allows us to think about all the possibilities, and the next thing we will construct.
Thinking about creating something is more exciting than thinking about future unpleasant circumstances.
You can train your brain on what to focus on and to think better thoughts, by asking your brain good questions:.
- How can I be creative today?
- What do I like to do?
- What can I learn today?
“Creativity stimulates us to be more mindfully in tune with our overall lives. It also calms our nervous system, decreases anxiety, and helps restore balance” according to TinyBuddah.com.
Being Creative May Help You Sleep!
If you have trouble sleeping at night, or feel anxious, think of a fun project that you’d like to work on, or a vacation you’d like to go on, and plan and create the entire thing in your head.
It really works!
To sum it up, thinking creatively keeps you in the moment, it just takes practice!
Self-Care vs Selfish!
You may think that it’s selfish to focus on ourselves.
“Being selfish means there’s a desire to take from others to their detriment, whereas self-care is about replenishing your resources without depleting someone else’s” according to Hello Giggles.
It’s helpful to set up daily routines such as a set wake-up time, exercise, eating times and an established bed time.
Self-care makes us strong and healthy for ourselves and others and as a bonus, we get a lot accomplished!
Taking care of our needs and health, gives us a better chance of happiness.
How do you practice daily self-care? Please leave a comment!
TOPIC: 17 Ways To Practice Self-Care During Challenging Times!
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