Posted May 17th, 2020 in Healthy Tips.
How are you doing? Honestly, how are you really doing? Me? I’m in a bit of a funk. I’m not really sad, but I’m not happy. I’m not stressed, but I’m not totally relaxed, either. I feel blah. You?
This spring (a season I typically love) has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
I’m guessing you’ve probably experienced the same ride – the Social Distancing Doldrums. While things are starting to open up again, for some of us, it could be a while before we’re truly comfortable with life as we once knew it. How do we bust out of this pandemic funk? How about a little self-care.
Self-care is finding healthy ways to deal with stress, worry and feelings of being overwhelmed. It’s making you, your happiness and well-being a priority. One easy way to make sure you are taking the time for yourself is to create a self-care plan.
Start by identifying goals. What do you want your self-care plan to accomplish? Are you hoping to restore work-life balance, reduce stress or worry? Determining what you want to accomplish will help you develop a plan that works for you.
Write it down on paper. There is no right or wrong way, but most methods use mind, body and soul (mental, physical and emotional). Next, identify specific ways to reach this goal under each category. Then, put your plan into practice.
Here’s an example of what my self-care plan could look like if we use the example of breaking free of this funk.
When you’re ready to follow your plan, take baby steps. Don’t try to do everything all at once or you might set yourself up for more stress. Even if it’s not something specifically on your plan, make some kind of self-care a daily priority. If you want to see more examples of self-care plans, check out these on Pinterest.
I am definitely ready to get off this rollercoaster! The past few months have reminded me of the importance of strong connections, the power of a simple hug and the restorative properties of just seeing people smile. While I’m ready for some normalcy, I hope some things don’t go back to the way they were. I hope people continue to put an emphasis on family time, take care of neighbors and those who are vulnerable, and remain generous with time and treasure. Let’s keep the kindness going and kick the doldrums to curb.
This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace advice from any licensed physical or mental health professional. If you feel you are seriously depressed or have suicidal thoughts, please reach out to a professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.