Let’s be honest this has been a grueling past 18 months. We have ALL experienced loss to some degree; loss of a family member, friend, job, business, event and loss of normalcy as we knew it. During the shutdown, we went from an emphasis on external factors, such as going to a job or attending events, to a more internal focus. With more time at home, many of us had a shift in priorities and we were forced to slow down. Now that we are getting back to the office and starting to attend events, it is a good time to reflect on what we want to continue to cultivate as we move into a post covid world. Here are my top 3:

Daily Self Care

Spend time each day doing something that nurtures your mind and body. This may be yoga, meditation, going for walks, exercising, cooking, taking a bath, journaling, reading, coloring or doing art. Give yourself unstructured time each day to do something that calms your mind and body and gives you a chance to turn inwards. Many of us at The Wellness Center started trading and sharing puzzles!

Embrace Your Struggles

One thing I have learned from the past 18 months is that it’s OK to NOT to be OK. The past 18 months have been challenging for everyone and we are still not out of the woods. If you are weepy, unmotivated or just feeling down, this is totally NORMAL! Don’t try to stuff these emotions away, instead reach out for support and ask for help. I know this can be hard, especially for women. I have found when I pick up the phone to call a friend, and ask, “How are you REALLY doing?” Many are struggling. Having an honest and open conversation about our challenges reminds each of us that we are not alone and it normalizes the process. The struggle is REAL. I admitted to one of my Massage Therapists that I was having a challenging week, that I recently started seeing a therapist. Being honest with our mental health challenges takes the stigma away. We are all human, we all experience ups and downs.

Treat yourself with kindness, compassion, and patience. Limit your social media intake, install an app that cuts off your social media access after a certain time each day. Instead, take that time to catch up with friends, listen to podcasts or read books that help you cultivate self-compassion.

Cultivate Gratitude

Even at 47 years young, I STILL compare myself to others. While there are always people that have more than you, more money, stuff, success etc., there are MANY, MANY more people with less than you. Sometimes it is hard to see it if we don’t take the time to help those who are less fortunate. Take time to find an organization or population that you want to support. Volunteer regularly to help do something every month. Each morning or evening write down or meditate on something you are grateful for. It could be as simple as having running water, taking a hot shower, enjoying a good meal, a good friend, the weather, your home. There is so much to be grateful for, we just need to cultivate gratitude and remind ourselves of all the blessings we have.

Wishing you all the best as we continue to adjust our sense of “normal.”

In Health,