Now, more than ever we need to take care of ourselves. Why? Because we have to take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone or anything else! And we know how much everyone wants to help the situation that is happening right now, politically, environmentally, and socially. It's in times of stress where being active about self-care is most important. Here are our 5 favorite ways to take care of our bodies, mind, and soul.
1. Indulge In Nature
This is one of the best things you can do for yourself and it's completely free! Go on a hike in your area and connect to the beauty that surrounds you when you're not in a manmade concrete jungle. The natural forms, the air, the trees, the scurry of animals and the songs of birds are all much needed in times of stress. Leave your phone behind, (take a real camera if you want to take pictures), and just go soak in some nature to refresh your spirit!
2. Surround Yourself With People Who Uplift You
We can all feel the difference when we interact with someone who brings us down, who engages us in rants and complaints, and when we interact with someone who actually lifts us up, who engages us in deep, meaningful conversations. Their message is full of hope even in times of stress and pain. Pay attention to how you feel when you interact with different people and pretty soon, you'll see how much easier it is to stay happy when you're not constantly engaging with people who drain you, but be sure to let them go with love and understanding.
3. Nourish Yourself With Fresh, Whole Foods
What we put into our bodies has a big deal to do with how we feel. When we eat bright, colorful, energetic foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, we're nourishing our bodies with something vibrant and alive, we're going to, in turn, feel more vibrant and alive!
4. Meditate and Find Stillness
It's perfectly ok to turn on a guided meditation or go to a soundbath to relax into stillness. Many people find it easier to meditate when they can focus on someone's voice, or a sound, or repeating a mantra. These are all great methods for giving your brain a break from it's constant mental acrobatics of thinking, analyzing and solving. Once you get the hang of meditation, you'll find that your energy and mood will completely shift as soon as you sink into that inner stillness.