We all need to care for ourselves right now.
If you’re like us and going crazy at home (and without yoga), a little Self-Care is in order. With the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 across the world, we’re finding our anxiety and mental health are also taking a toll. Self-Care can be so simple, even with our restricted environments. Check out some tips below!
1. Do some virtual yoga.
You can find lots of yoga all over the internet. Check out the list below for classes from JUL teachers and other studios in our community:
- Flow with JUL’s very own Kate Jones
- Join JUL’s Abby Valletta for some virtual classes
- Red Barn’s Online Studio features many of JUL’s teachers like Grace Osora, Emrys Tetu, and Deb Novack
- JUL’s Katie Ziskind offers a guided meditation to help with anxiety relief
- Search for yoga at home on YouTube
- Keep up your practice with CorePower Yoga
- Join Goodtimes Yoga for some Instagram Live class streams at 5:00 PM everyday @goodtimesbklyn — or check out their YouTube page for some flows!
- Emrys Tetu is encouraging everyone to look at this time as a retreat. She is offering virtual classes.
- Check Y7’s Instagram @y7studio for live classes or sign up for Y7 Online ($16 per month, 7 day free trial)
2. Start your day with some meditation.
Remind yourself of what you’re grateful for. Close your mind, settle down, and invite calm in.
3. Take a walk at lunchtime.
Fresh air and exercise do the mind good! Rainy weather? Spend some time doing deep stretches.
Get all your thoughts, hopes and fears out of your head and onto paper. That’s better — clear mind!
5. Get Crafty!
Spend time on a new craft or making that new recipe you’ve been wanting to try. Fruits & veggies for the win!
From JUL's Own Julia Wrighton
6. Use this time well.
If you’re stuck in your house, make a commitment to yourself to use this time well — you’re worth it! We all have about a million house and life projects we never have time for/are never in the mood to do when you do have the time. It’s never been a better time to get cracking on some of these tasks. Make a list of these items and place it somewhere handy. As you move through these items, check them off and see how good it feels!
Suggested activities and projects:
- Go through your closet. Create a donation pile for any items that no longer serve you.
- Clean your space one room/area at a time. This will invite fresh energy into the space and help you reestablish what items you have.
- Organize your files, shred or set aside any documents with personal information you no longer need. Create a system to honor mementos like tickets from sporting events, graduations and old birthday cards. (If you are a scrap booker, this could be a great way to honor these memories).
- Scrapbook (see above)
- Update pictures of family, friends or travels to display around your home
- Research a new recipe and try it out
- Create a list of special occasions and birthdays, add them into your calendar with alerts.
- Learn to knit, crochet or sew.
- Play a board game or do a puzzle
- Organize your photos. Create an online scrapbook for a loved one’s special day.
- Take an online course
From JUL's Own Julia Wrighton
7. Create a daily routine.
An example daily routine:
- 7:30 – wakeup/meditation
- 8:00 – coffee/tea set intention for the day, maybe draft a schedule of items you want to accomplish
- 8:30 – shower, breakfast and start hydrating
- 9:00 – Tackle something you’ve been putting off (if you’re unsure of what to do, refer to the list you’ve created).
- 11:00 – Reach out to someone, see how they are doing
- 12:00 – Eat Lunch
- 1:00 – Do something you enjoy
- 2:00 – Exercise (go for a walk, take an online yoga class) Don’t forget to cooldown, stretch and hydrate
- 3:00 – Read, rest or journal
- 4:30 – Find a recipe you’ve been looking forward to trying and make it.
- 6:00 – Dinner
- 6:30 – Pick a TV Series or movie you’ve been wanting to watch and enjoy!
- Before bed, meditate, reflect on the day and identify 3 things you are grateful for
Don’t forget to breathe. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed: pause, deep breaths.
Try box breathing — a technique that focuses on taking slow, deep breaths. Box breathing is useful in heightening your performance and focus, while also relieving stress. Here’s how: Slowly breathe out for four seconds, pause for four seconds, slowly breathe in for four seconds, hold for four seconds, and repeat.
9. List your gratitudes.
Instead of thinking about the things that went wrong during the day or are worrying you, list the things you are grateful for. End your day on positivity and get a good night’s rest.