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The Art of Self-Care

by Heather Vliet, LPC
Photo by Benjamin Manley on Unsplash

Today’s post showcases the images you’ve shared with us of how you’re using art and creativity for self-care. Please keep sharing: reception@nwcounselingassociates.com.

For most families, today marks the end of the 3rd week of school cancellations and general upheaval in the typical routines. For children and adults alike, the novelty of the situation may be giving way to the realization that there will be several more weeks of this “new normal.” It’s ok to find that your emotions are all over the place — you are experiencing real grief for loss of routines, anticipated events, time with friends and colleagues and the general ease of living without uncertainty. With grief comes a host of other emotions that may ebb and flow unexpectedly. It takes emotional and physical energy to ride these waves of emotion!

When talking about self-care, I like to start with the basics which can become the foundation of a flexible daily rhythm:

  • Eating well and regularly — Aim for three meals a day that include a variety fruits and veggies. This is not the time to start a new diet or focus on weight loss. Self-care is about nurturing your body and soul.
  • Hydrating — Drink plenty of water and be cautious with the amount of caffeinated drinks you have. Caffeine can accentuate anxiety.
  • Adequate sleep — It is easy for our sleep routines to shift dramatically when we no longer have regular work and school schedules. While sleeping late is great for holidays and long weekends, over a longer period of time, irregular sleep can negatively impact your mood. Aim for a consistent bed and wake time with the goal of a minimum of 7 hours of sleep.
  • Daily exercise – Get your heart pumping every day for 20-30 minutes. Breaking a sweat and moving your body is fantastic as a stress and anxiety reducer.
  • Social interaction — Social distancing has meant we’ve all had to think differently about how to connect with those we love. Fortunately, technology is a great assist in this area! Explore new apps for communication, online games, host a virtual party with friends . . . be creative. If you don’t know how to do some of these things, ask a teen! 🙂

Be safe and look after each other!

1 Comments

Shelley Schoepflin SandersApr 4 2020 - Reply -

Thank you for these thoughtful tips. I like the idea of self care as an art that can take many forms and can be approached with creativity and intention. Just like my piano practice, a little bit of self care every day seems to yield better results than a single big dollop on the weekend.

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