If you, like most of us, are anticipating a summer with far fewer plans than normal, we recommend using this time to get in the habit of taking better care of yourself. It’s hard to imagine how much healthier or more relaxed you can feel until you make an effort to help yourself get there on a daily basis. Here are a few of our favorite tips for taking good care of yourself this summer!
Talk to someone
It can do your mind and your soul immense good for you to have someone – whether they’re a friend, family member, therapist or anyone else – who is willing to listen and support you when you need to talk about your worries and concerns. There is plenty to be worried and concerned about in our own lives and in the world right now, and it’s healthy to need to talk to someone. Having a person like that in your life is incredibly valuable for your mental and emotional wellbeing. Being the person who listens to and supports someone else in this way can be rewarding for your own wellbeing, too! It’s a win-win situation.
Create a new routine
For most of us, our daily routines were upended sometime in March and there’s no way to know when that routine will be able to fully return. That may sound scary, but it can also be an opportunity for you to find a new routine that makes room for self-care! We all need to try our best to find a routine that helps us stay healthy, physically and mentally. This could mean factoring in daily time outdoors, daily exercise (even going on a walk can do wonders for your health), or making time for three healthy meals a day. Even going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day is part of a healthy routine! Speaking of which…
Get enough sleep
It’s easy to let our minds wander at bedtime, but not getting enough sleep can cause a domino effect of other health concerns including sluggishness and feelings of depression, as well as mood swings and decreased physical health. That being said, there are ways to improve your sleep, with the goal being seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night. The key is finding a method that works best for you and can become a habit. Some of the best ways to improve your chances of a good night’s sleep are: reading a book, avoiding social media and TV right before bed, using a relaxation app or white noise machine, and avoiding alcohol before bed.
Remember to have self-compassion
Abrupt and stressful changes to our routines are something no one can be prepared for. When you feel as though others are handling these stresses better than you are, or you feel overwhelmed by the current circumstances, remember that it’s natural to feel that way and we are all going through this together. You are doing your best, and no one – including yourself – can or should expect perfection in these times. You’re not alone!
All of us at SafiraMD want to encourage you to find ways each day to take care of yourself and remember self-compassion. If you’re interested in self-care through our top-quality treatments and products, give us a call at (678) 235-8221 today or request a consultation online. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!