The New Year is synonymous with a fresh start. However, as the situation around the current pandemic continues to evolve, it’s normal to still feel stress, fear, and anxiety over COVID-19. This new year try slowing down and make it a goal to better care for yourself – both physically and mentally. Making time to practice self-care can help you find some relief and even help you tackle your other New Year’s resolutions.
Try these simple tips to help you practice self-care:
Prevent the spread
Did you know that racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in the United States? Simple acts such as wearing your mask in public, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds, are a form of self-care and protects those around you. Visit LoveProtectsUs.org or HazloPorAmor.org for more acts of love that can help protect you, your loved ones, and your community from being exposed to COVID-19.
Get creative with exercise
When you’re worried, get out of your head and into your body. Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever, so have fun changing up your routine. Find a new yoga or cardio video online that you can try at home.
Stay socially connected
Talk with people about how you feel — from a safe distance, of course. This can help everyone feel more connected and less alone. Ups and downs are inevitable, so check in with loved ones often. Every opportunity to reach out is an opportunity to help lift someone up — including yourself.
Make time for mindfulness
Ease anxiety about what the future holds by intentionally focusing on the present moment. That’s exactly what mindfulness is. Try this simple mindfulness exercise next time you feel stressed or anxious:
Get comfortable. Relax your jaw and drop your shoulders.
Breathe deeply and count your breaths. Inhale on 1, exhale on 2, inhale on 3. When you get to 10, start over.
When your mind wanders, bring your focus back to your breathing.
The holiday season was busy giving to others, so it’s important to take a moment and treat ourselves too. So, go ahead and relax on the couch with a warm cup of tea, read a good book, or take breaks throughout your workday.
So, as we begin the new year, take a moment. Take a breath. And practice self-care. Visit kp.org/selfcare for help with stress, sleep, and more.