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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Self-Care: Always Important and Essential Now

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“Right now, we are all experiencing some sort of turbulence in our lives!” says Senior Wellness Coordinator Michelle Gifford. She continues…

You may have heard me say it a million times already, but what’s the first thing you do when on an airplane and an emergency causes oxygen masks to fall? Do you help others put theirs on first hoping you’ll have enough energy and clarity to put yours on later? Or, do you put your mask on first and help others more effectively afterwards? YES, the second option is the right answer.

Here are some ways to practice self-care during turbulent times:

  • Acknowledge the turbulence! Allow yourself to physically, emotionally and mentally check out on a regular basis – like a “shutdown” in your schedule. Use that alone time for meditation or embracing the silence. During times like this, we tend not to acknowledge our sadness about being unable to socialize like we used to. Accept these temporary losses. This may help you cope with the current state of life.Self care check list
  • Fuel your body with quality food! We’re eating more meals at home and this is a great time to explore new recipes! Be creative with what’s in the pantry or plan your grocery list with the basics for building healthy meals! If unable to buy fresh food weekly, try frozen vegetables and fruits!
  • Move with purpose! Develop SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timed) goals. These are small, easily-achieved steps which help fuel your motivation!
  • Make sleep a priority! Daytime tips: keep a consistent routine, get morning light! Also, try to exercise during the day, don’t use your bed as an escape and avoid caffeine late in the day. Nighttime tips: prepare for your bedtime by shutting down news and electronic devices at least one hour before you hit the sack! Minimize alcohol intake, set a regular bed time, reduce stress with meditation, yoga or slow breathing, create a comfortable sleep environment and don’t spend too much time in bed during the night or the daytime. If having trouble sleeping, don’t stay in bed for more than 20 minutes; get out and do a quiet activity (read a book, journal, etc.)
  • Connect socially! Try Skype, Zoom or FaceTime for ways to make sure you’re staying connected with family or friends.
  • Find ways to ease stress! Everything that I have listed can help you manage stress and anxiety.
  • Thinking positively! Remembering the good in our lives is powerful. Practicing gratitude for what we still have, instead of focusing on recent losses, is an important health practice.

All in all self-care is the foundation of good health and wellbeing. Don’t forget about the resources you have through the City of Plano:

NEW: Virtual Lunchtime Meditation SeriesYou can register for one or both sessions at any time!

Time-Out Tuesdays 
12-12:30 p.m.
Register HERE
July 23, 28 and 30

Thoughtful Thursdays
12-12:30 p.m.
Register HERE
August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27

ComPsych Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – call 855-365-4754.

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