Self care is not just some activity you never had time for before the virus.

Self care now is a whole new thing. There are even categories for choosing your options, and it’s something that’s essential these days. In the past you would hear about self care options that seemed designed for people with money and time on their hands: services like getting your nails done, getting a massage or facial, or even just a long soak in the tub. That was nice, but there’s much more to wellness in the age of Covid.

That idea of personal services as self care is so old school these days. But even before the virus, did you have time or the budget for a regular massage? Yes, you might have been depleted, exhausted, over-stimulated, often worried about one thing or another, but did you think of self care as a necessity? Did you know that stress could impact your body and make you sick?

Okay. We feel stress and grief, and all the positive and negative emotions known to man. But manicures, while pleasant if you can sit still for them long enough, are now out of the question. So what is new style taking care of yourself?

These new tools for feeling better improve your mental and physical health

Research shows that stress has a physical impact. That means while Corona virus is driving you crazy, it may also be making you sick in ways you haven’t considered. What you need are soothing, calming, distracting, creative, and joyful techniques to feel better. But let go of that old idea that you need to be pampered to have a self care routine. Now is the time to rethink what taking care of yourself is all about and all the ways you can incorporate new strategies to relieve stress and feel positive even when things seem bleak. 

Not being able to go out makes you more creative

Lindsey, my daughter and author of 100 Tips For Growing Up, who used to go to the gym and spin class all the time, confessed today that she now does yoga twice a day thanks to videos on YouTube. And she really likes the freedom of tuning in when it’s convenient. “It’s easy,” she says.

As for me, I am making vanilla extract (who knew you could even make an extract?) and beading eyeglass chains for enjoyment and holiday gifts, not to mention baking bread and cake for right now. Self care for me is crafting. My nails are a mess, my hair is a whole new color. I haven’t seen my family since January. But I’ve discovered Zoom, and FaceTime, and the Internet of everything to see movies I missed, find inspiration I love, and even some new hobbies, like making recovery bullet journals.

Self Care Definition

Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others. psych central

With the poster above as your guide, you can start a whole new routine for taking care of yourself and everyone around you.

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Leslie Glass

Leslie Glass became a recovery advocate and co-founder of Reach Out Recovery in 2011, encouraged by her daughter Lindsey who had struggled with substances as a teen and young adult. Learning how to manage the family disease of addiction with no roadmap to follow inspired the mother and daughter to create Reach Out Recovery's website to help others experiencing the same life-threatening problems. Together they produced the the 2016 ASAM Media Award winning documentary, The Secret World of Recovery, and the teen prevention documentary, The Silent Majority, distributed by American Public Television. In her career, Leslie has worked in advertising, publishing, and magazines as a writer of both fiction and non fiction. She is the author of 9 bestselling crime novels, featuring NYPD Dt.Sgt. April Woo. Leslie has has served as a Public Member of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and as a Trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. For from 1990 to 2017, Leslie was the Trustee of the Leslie Glass Foundation. Leslie is a proud member of Rotary International.

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