February 17, 2021
5 Ways to Practice Self-Care During Crisis
Times now are, unpredictable to say the least. Now more than ever, we can’t forget about self-care and mental health. We cannot succumb to stress which only exacerbates negative feelings. Instead of dwelling on what’s out of your control, focus on what you can control. Here are a few ways you can maintain a healthy mind and body through self-care.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Yes, it’s true, a healthy diet is very important when you are stressed. Having a diet rich in healthy fats, nutrient-dense complete proteins, and complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables aid the body in building up your immune system, lowering blood pressure, and promotes the release of endorphins in your brain. Other “happy hormones” like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, can be found in foods like dark chocolate, strawberries, and nuts and can do wonders for your overall mood and stress and pain management.
Exercise, Excercise, Excercise!
Yes, gyms may be closed, but a simple home workout will suffice. Regular exercise is incredibly important to your overall well-being. When you’re stressed, the knee-jerk response may be to curl up in bed, but that’s counter-intuitive. getting physically active can improve your mood and help your body fight off infection. Try going for a socially-distant walk, jog, or bike ride to get some much-needed sunshine and vitamin D in your system.
You may be sick of hearing this everywhere, but that’s just how important staying hydrated is! Drinking plenty of water is key to keeping your mind, body, and skin healthy. Virtually every part of your body needs water to function, it’s essential for life.
It seems natural to go into a mild panic when constantly thinking about the future, which is common lately, but practicing mindfulness every day can help keep that negativity at bay. Being mindful is a healthier coping mechanism for stress and anxiety than constant worrying as it helps keep your mind calm. Practicing mindfulness is not complicated. It’s actually fairly easy, just set aside a small amount of time each day, usually at the start of the day, to focus on the present, center yourself, and be in the moment. This is a great way to get some inner peace and keep the inner turmoil at bay.
Do a Quick Social Media Cleanse
Lots of what ends up on our social media stream is either troubling, negative, or mindless. You’re likely stuck doing something called “doom scrolling” which is where you mindlessly scroll through social media, just barely processing the negative information coming your way for entirely too much time. This can cause a fair deal of depression and anxiety which can manifest physical symptoms. Yes, you should stay informed, and try to connect with loved ones from a safe distance (usually online), but try and take a few quick breaks from doom scrolling a day to give your mind some time to process information and calm down. During this time feel free to take a power nap, pet your dog, or listen to some music. Just do something relaxing that you like. Your apps will still be there when you’re done, your mental health is more important.
Now more than ever, in the midst of a global pandemic, should you practice self-care to keep both your mind and body healthy. The professionals at Belle Ame Med Spa are here for your self-care and beauty needs. Feel free to book an appointment with us for any of your skin concerns.