by US!C Guest Contributor, Gabrielle Preston-Banks /Transformation Therapist and Coach
As a therapist and coach, I work with many men and women on their mindset.
At uncertain times like this, it can be hard to get into the right mindset. Therefore, self-care is so important. By having a self-care plan in place, it can help you live a better and fuller life.
In this blog post for Ultimate Spark! Coaching, I would like to share with you 5 tips for self-care in the time of COVID.
Self-care is what it says. Self-care is caring for yourself. By showing your mind that you are taking care of yourself, you are better able to install better self-love and self-worth.
So, how can you practice good self-care in the time of COVID? Here are my 5 tips!
You need to take the time to get your mind into a good state. This is something you can work on yourself or with a therapist who will help you remove any poor habits or limiting beliefs you have, which are holding you back. Take time out to read something light-hearted. Make a conscious effort to smile more: by smiling more, others will smile more too, which will help you smile more – like a ‘smiling circle’. It is a great idea to plan activities that stimulate your mind but also activities that enable you to have fun and enjoy yourself. A great way of continuous self-care for your mind is to make sure you feed your mind every day with positive words and positive thoughts.
Any form of moving is going to help your mindset from exercise, yoga, the gym, swimming, and walking. The best way you can provide self-care for your body is to move it even when you do not feel like it. A little walk around the park or a dance to your favourite song are small movements – but you will feel great for taking action. Think about the food you are eating and how this is affecting your body. Healthy eating is essential for the body and mind. Consider the treats you enjoy and find ways to limit them if they are not good for your body. Don’t forget to drink water too. By drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day you are showing your body you care. Looking to treat yourself and your body? How about a pamper day with fabulous smelling lotions and creams that are good for your skin?
Different souls need to be cared for in different ways, because we are all different. You need to nourish your soul and show you care for it in whatever works for you. This could be through music and dancing, spending time with family, your religion, or a mix of many different options. Take the time to write a list of all the things you love about yourself. This is an excellent way of showing your soul some self-care and self-love. If there are negative or toxic things in your life, then remove them from your life.
There will be people in your life that love and care for you. These are the people that you need to spend time with and surround yourself with. However, there will be people in your life that drain you. Make sure you set boundaries for yourself with these people. You need to look after you. Think about those relationships that really matter to you and take the time to build them and build on them. When you do spend time with friends and family that love and care for you, make sure you are present. Put your phone down, listen and engage with them.
A good night’s sleep is essential for our own mental well-being. We all know how hard a day can be when we are managing on just a few hours’ sleep. It is recommended that you get 7 to 8 hours sleep each night. Make sure you create a bedtime routine for yourself. Things like limiting caffeine in the evening, eating less later in the night, and avoiding TV and screens an hour before bed will all help create good sleep hygiene for you.
How do you practice self-care?