We all need a little self-care sometimes, especially during times of trouble. In light of all that is happening in the world right now, we need to think about both our physical and mental health.
It’s not always easy – we’re so used to just powering through and letting our own well-being fall to the wayside. But practicing self-care is a necessity to stay positive and ease your mind.
So while we are being told to practice social distancing, there is no better time to take care of yourself.
Take a Social Media Break
As a society, we are all very much online. Twitter and Instagram and every other social network is right at our fingertips. So what does this mean? We are constantly being overwhelmed with stuff. New information hits you every second, every time you log on, and after a while, it can take a toll on your mental health.
Take a breather. Don’t open Twitter. Don’t open Facebook. Not forever but for a little while. And if you’re really itching to get on social media, do yourself a favor and check out accounts like The Dodo, who post uplifting videos about animals.
Make Some Comfort Food
Have a box of Annie’s vegan mac and cheese in your pantry? A bag of MorningStar chik’n nuggets in your freezer? Break those bad boys out! Sure, they aren’t the healthiest of meals, but self-care isn’t all about your physical health – and besides, having some “junk” food isn’t the end of the world.
Think about what food makes you the happiest, what comforts you the most, and have it while you’re watching something light and fun to take the stress away.
Have a DIY Spa Day
This is why you should always have a bag of epsom salt at home. Take a bubble bath if you can or just a nice shower. Wash your hair, put it up in a towel, and soak your hands and feet for a bit. Get your favorite vegan and cruelty-free nail polish (NCLA has some nice ones!) and make your nails look pretty.
While you’re doing that, put on a face mask (Freeman Beauty’s Anti-Stress Clay Mask is a good choice) and relax. Put some peaceful music on – or whatever you like the most – and let your cares melt away.
Hunker Down with a Book and Tea
What’s more relaxing than a mug of tea and a good book? Pick up a copy of your favorite novel, make yourself some chamomile or green tea, and get comfy.
If you’re looking for some vegan-related reads, check out Vegan Book Club on Goodreads! Each month, we read a book – fiction or non-fiction – that in some way relates to veganism, vegetarianism, and animal rights.
Stretch Out with Yoga
For many people, exercise is a perfect way to wind down, and yoga is perhaps one of the most calming of fitness routines. For many people, doing yoga leaves them less stressed and much more calm, which we could all benefit from right about now.
If you’re not sure where to start, check out Yoga With Adriene on YouTube – her channel is full of a variety of yoga practices.
How are you practicing self-care? What recommendations do you have?
I hope you all are staying safe and taking care of yourselves, mentally and physically.
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