During unknown or stressful times, it can be easy to fall out of your routine and develop a negative outlook. That is why it is important to practice self-care. Practicing self-care helps strengthen your mind-body connection and recharges you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Giving yourself permission to set aside time for yourself is the key to self-care.

Self-care can look differently for each person. For some, it is making the time to meditate or read a book. It could also be crafting or painting. Or, it's setting aside time to go on a run or engage in some type of physical activity. We all find peace and comfort in different ways. So, carve out some time in your day to practice self-care by doing the things you love to do. 

Make time for yourself to enjoy the hobbies that you love to do. Whether it's reading, playing music, creating art or working on a model railroad. Do the things that bring you joy and add happiness to your day.

Another form of self-care can be exercise or physical exertion. Whether it's a long run, yoga, or lifting weights, some people find that working out their body allows them to release stress and refuel with endorphins.

Practice your breathing. Taking deep breaths and holding them before release will help to calm you down while stressed. Practicing breathing techniques will help to center you and bring clarity to your thoughts.

Another simple practice to take care of your health while at home is to take vitamins. Vitamins will help your energy levels and boost your body’s immune system. Before taking any vitamins, make sure to consult with your primary care doctor.

Soothe your physical and mental stress by drinking tea, using a weighted blanket or applying a warm compress. Many teas have antioxidants which can provide health benefits. Not to mention the warmth of hot tea can be soothing to the soul. Another way to soothe mental stress is with a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets apply pressure that creates a soothing calming effect that in turn can help decrease anxiety. If you are having physical aches, applying a warm compress to the area can relieve some of the pain.

Aromatherapy can be another effective method to get you energized or help your body unwind and relax. Light a candle or incense of scents that you enjoy.

Lastly, be present in your space. Fill your house or room with positive colors and upbeat music. Something as small as changing the colors and music that fill your space can bring a whole new mindset and outlook for the day.

Stress and the unknown can majorly affect our outlooks in life. Sometimes we get lost and don’t focus on ourselves because it may feel uncomfortable, but we need to practice self-care so we have the energy and resources to take care of ourselves and others. Find what works for you to help recharge and get grounded.

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