This is an unprecedented time in our lives. We are being told to stay 6 feet away from each other and to “shelter in place”. Only essential workers are allowed to work; we are being encouraged to wear masks and gloves when we leave our homes. Stress manifests itself in different ways and this is an extraordinary stressful time now. Self-care techniques can help. Here are some basic guidelines to self-care. Using these self-care techniques can have an incredible effect on overall health. They are simple, easy and perhaps even fun!
Take time for yourself. Breathe. Calm your mind. Sit quietly and listen to your breath. Scan your body, and try to release any tension that you may feel. Pay attention to any tight spots, and try to breathe into that spot. Focus on your breath. If your mind starts to wander, bring your focus back to your breath. Get out and move during this pandemic. Walk outside and enjoy the fresh air and spring weather.
If you are working from home these days, you may find yourself glued to your computer or phone. Remember to take breaks. If you are doing a lot of sitting at a computer, remember that posture matters. Before you start typing, stretch and flex the muscles in your fingers, hands, and forearms. Keep the hands over the keyboard in a neutral position. Feet should be flat on the floor with the knees bent at a ninety-degree angle to avoid any back strain. Pay attention to the placement of your hands on the keyboard. Only a slight pressure is required to type; pushing down hard on the keys can increase your chance of injury. Remember to stretch your fingers and hands when you are finished typing.
While we are indoors and “sheltering in place”, we can take the time to recommit to our own personal health and well being. Getting enough sleep, eating a Nutritious diet and getting enough exercise are the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating self-care techniques to your daily routine adds another dimension to your healthy lifestyle.