It’s important that you prioritize your overall wellbeing, especially now that a lot of the things we could do before have become hard to navigate due to the pandemic. You may have already felt stressed before, but now you feel even more stressed because of the new normal. Do you still have time to care for your wellbeing?
It doesn’t have to be hard, time-consuming, or restrictive. Here’s a checklist of things you can do to care for your wellbeing:
- Eat fresh fruits daily. If you have a sweet tooth, you probably crave lots of sugar daily. This can affect your mood if you’re consuming too much sugar from unhealthy sources such as fast food. To curb this and instead give your body healthy sugars and nutrients, eat fresh fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, mangoes, and bananas. Rather than feeling bad about what you ate, and experiencing a sugar crash later, eating fresh fruits will give you more energy and benefit your skin too.
- Follow a consistent sleep schedule. It’s important that you set a hard stop to your work and leave enough room for your nighttime routine so that you can go to bed at a consistent time. This will help your mood be more stable, and if you use a moisturizer for oily skin and put on your nighttime eye cream, you will wake up the next day with good skin and a good mood.
- Leave inspirational notes for yourself. One of the challenges of being an adult is feeling like you’re not capable of what’s expected of you. Lighten this mood a bit by writing encouraging messages for yourself and leaving them around the house to uplift your spirits throughout the day. You can do this the night before so that you will wake up to them the next day.
- Call a friend. Being an adult doesn’t mean doing everything by yourself. You are still allowed to call for help, or to just talk about your feelings. You’re also allowed to cry to release some of the overwhelming emotions you’re feeling. When something feels like it’s too much, pick up that phone or send that message and let someone know you need help.
- Stick to the plan every day. You will have bad days, but that doesn’t mean your plan for your life has already failed. Pick up where you left off the next day, and tread on. You are not perfect, but every day, you can work on being a better version of yourself. Keep your goals clear, and prepare a vision board to help you visualize what you want to achieve in the next few years.
- Plan reset days. Every month is a chance to revisit what you did and think of what you can still do. Every quarter is a chance to look at your habits and see what’s not working. Every year is a way to take a look at where you spent most of your time. There are plenty of moments for you to reset, breaking that notion that you’re only supposed to follow one path. If you need to change something, go ahead and do it.
Your wellbeing is important, and thankfully, caring for it need not be time-consuming or expensive. Just keep this checklist in mind and practice self-compass