Self-Care Sunday: How to Dedicate One Day Each Week to Yourself

Self-Care Sunday: How to Dedicate One Day Each Week to Yourself

Self-care has transformed a lot over the last few years. It began as a way to encourage people to do more for themselves, which is amazing. But somewhere along the way, it became something people felt like they were forced to do.

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with this idea of the perfect self-care routine, it’s time to take a step back. Instead of focusing on having to fit it into your daily life, why not just start one day a week?

Self-Care Sunday: Dedicate One Day Each Week to Yourself

Why do Self-Care on Sunday?

Sunday is actually the perfect day to dedicate to yourself since it is often already a day of rest for many people. You are winding down after a fun weekend, and likely getting ready for a new week to begin. Take advantage of the downtime by adding some self-care activities to your routine.

Setting Up Your Weekly Self-Care Routine

First thing’s first – figure out what your routine is going to be on Sunday. Don’t forget that self-care doesn’t have to be done alone, so if you have a busy house on Sundays, you can still do this!
What you want to do is focus on your self-care on Sundays, whether that means an hour during the day, or changing the entire routine for the day.

Think of Sundays like a reset day. When you not only get your planning done for the week, but you give yourself some time to relax and unwind, reset your body and your mind for another busy week.

How is it Different from Daily Self-Care?

To put it simply, it’s not. You still want to choose activities that help you to relax, are good for your body and mind, and overall wellness. But you might have a little more free time on Sundays, so you won’t feel as pressured to fit it all in before or after work, or during your bedtime routine.

Sundays open up new possibilities for self-care, whether you do it alone or with family.

Think About Your Current Sunday Routine

In order to turn Sunday into your weekly self-care day, you need to consider what you tend to do on Sundays. This self-reflection helps you determine if these are things that can only be done on Sundays or can be moved to another day to give you more time for yourself.

Make a list of things you do every Sunday first. Then look at your list, and cross off anything that isn’t really necessary or might no longer be serving you. With what is left, determine if any of those activities can be moved to Saturday.

For example, if you do a lot of cleaning and chores on Sundays, could they be moved to other days during the week, freeing up a bit more self-care time for you?

Self-Care Sunday: Dedicate One Day Each Week to Yourself
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Self-care on Sunday is pretty much the same as what you would do any other day of the week. It is more about dedicating a day to yourself each week, especially if you don’t have much time during the week to really focus on yourself.

Self-Care Sunday: Dedicate One Day Each Week to Yourself
Self-Care Sunday: Dedicate One Day Each Week to Yourself

Ideas for Sunday Self-Care Activities

The good news is that self-care on Sunday is pretty much the same as what you would do any other day of the week. It is more about dedicating a day to yourself each week, especially if you don’t have much time during the week to really focus on yourself.

Here are some activities that can be great to do on Sundays:

Let yourself sleep in – If you don’t get to sleep in during the rest of the week, at the very least give yourself this time on Sundays! Your body (and mind) needs the rest. If you’re an early bird like me, I find it difficult to sleep too late, no matter how many hours of sleep I had. If you find it hard to sleep in, instead of rushing out of bed, take some time to do a body scan. Start at the top of your head and make note of how your body is feeling, all while still lying in bed. Do some nice long stretches. Raise your arms above your head and point your toes for a nice all-over stretch.

Go to brunch with friends – Self-care can also mean doing something you enjoy with other people. Grab a group of friends on Sunday to go to brunch. Note, this would only work if your city is allowing outdoor dining. Put this idea on pause if your local restaurants are not there yet.

Head to a park or the beach with your kids – You can also enjoy more time with your kids without cell phones and TV. Go outside to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Ride bicycles around your neighborhood, have a beach day or do a picnic at the park.

Have an hour of pampering – You might not be able to dedicate the entire day just to self-care, but at least fit in some pampering time. If your local massage or nail salon is open and practicing safe practices, go for it! I know I’m dying for a massage!

Catch up on your reading or creative projects – This is the perfect time to pick activities you enjoy, but rarely have time for. Maybe there is a book you have been wanting to finish or a creative project you would love to do.

Get ready for the week – Self-care can also mean just giving yourself time to really reset and prepare for the week ahead.

Self-Care for Introverts and Extroverts

Something to keep in mind is that what you consider self-care might change depending on if you are more of an introverted or extroverted person. 

Self-Care for Introverts

If you are an introvert like me, you probably find that you are the most relaxed when you are alone. This doesn’t mean you want to be or should be alone all the time, but that you often need a little bit of time to yourself each day to recharge and gain your composure.

Have Quiet Solitude on Sunday – Self-care for an introvert can be as simple as just making sure you have some alone, quiet time on Sundays. You need this time to yourself to regroup and relax. It can be really hard when you go all day around other people and never give yourself this time.

Find Nature-Inspired Activities – Introverts also tend to enjoy time outdoors, again in a quiet and peaceful environment. Try to find some activities you can participate in that will encourage you to spend more time outside. For me, it’s taking my dog for a walk in my neighborhood. I can’t say enough about how beneficial it is to get outside and breathe in the fresh air.

Embrace Your Creative Side – An amazing way to practice self-care as an introvert is to do something creative. Learn how to crochet, write a poem or short story, color in an adult coloring book, or start painting.

Self-Care for Extroverts

Extroverts are more social creatures, getting their energy from being around other people. If you consider yourself an extrovert, you probably enjoy time with others more than time alone. But what does that mean for your self-care routine? Here are some tips for practicing self-care when you are an extrovert.

Enjoy Social Time with Friends – What might be a little more up your alley is scheduling time with friends. What better way to practice self-care than spend time with those you love the most?

Volunteer Your Time – Looking for something more meaningful and fulfilling? You might like to volunteer somewhere as your self-care. Look into local community centers or animal shelters that are open on Sunday and see if they need any help.

Join a Local Club – Another social activity that helps with your self-care is joining a local club, like a book club. Not only will you be encouraged to read more, but you can get together once a week with your book club to chat and talk about the book. 

Tips for Your Sunday Self-Care Routine

Here are a few more tips for making sure you have a good Sunday self-care routine, and really understand what self-care means and how to avoid common mistakes.

It Encompasses Emotional, Mental, and Physical Health

Self-care does not fulfill just one need in your life. Different activities provoke different benefits in your life, including helping with your emotional, mental, and physical health.

What works best for you is going to be something that helps you feel relaxed, de-stressed, improves your mood, and is something you absolutely love to do. 

Your Self-Care Needs Can Change Regularly

Just because you have committed to writing in your journal and meditating every morning for an hour as your self-care routine, doesn’t mean you have to do this forever. Sometimes, what you choose as your self-care activity changes, or you need to make adjustments based on your schedule.

Revisit what you are doing for self-care often. As your life and the seasons’ change, so will your self-care and what is actually going to benefit you the most.

A Common Mistake is Forcing Your Self-Care

This can’t be said enough – your self-care routine should not make you more stressed! This is a sign that you are forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do and that is doing nothing for you. 

It might be because your friend is participating in this form of self-care, or you read that it is a good idea. But remember everyone is different and everyone is going to benefit from different things.

How are you incorporating self-care into your life? Do you practice self-care daily or weekly? Drop a comment below!

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Simple and Affordable Ways to Practice Self-Love

Simple and Affordable Ways to Practice Self-Love

It’s no secret that a lot of people are in serious need of self-love, but for some reason, it can feel like what you need to accomplish is a little out of reach. That can leave many feeling discouraged, but if you knew about some inexpensive ways to take better care of yourself would you be curious? The next few paragraphs will share some simple and affordable ways to practice self-love. 

Simple and Affordable Ways to Practice Self-Love

Take Care of Daily Hygiene

When you feel sad, it can be a lot harder to take care of your daily hygiene needs. Sometimes taking some time out to take care of those kinds of needs can be the boost that you need to pull yourself out of a dark place. Having a healthy and soothing bath time can do wonders for basically anyone because of the way that it can help you to deal with stress. Not only that, but when you take better care of yourself, you’ll look a lot better. It’s always easier to look at yourself in the mirror when you know that you’re doing what you need to do to take care of your needs.
This can also include the cleanliness of your clothes. Do you find yourself going through piles of dirty clothes so you can find something that smells a little less dirty? Take time out to do some laundry. Once your clothes are done, go and take a nice long shower and clean yourself thoroughly. After you get out of the shower, go and put on something comfortable from the freshly washed clothes. You’ll always appreciate the wonderful feeling of clean clothes against your skin, and so will the people around you.
Simple and Affordable Ways to Practice Self-Love
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Sleep is one of the most important parts of the day.

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Get Organized 

What are your living and workspaces like? When you’re a busy person it can be really easy to get caught up in the events of each day so often that you let your organization skills slide quite a bit. Having a cluttered environment can slowly exert a lot of stress on you because your surroundings will often influence how you feel about your life and can cloud your internal thoughts. Be sure to take some time every week to tidy things up to find places for the things that you use. It might also be a matter of simply having to get rid of the useless things that take up space. Once your view of your surrounding is less cluttered, then you will feel a lot less stress as you push through your days. This is especially true of people who work from home. Try to keep your workspace and sleep space as separate as you possibly can. If that’s impossible, then a lot of time must be taken to keep your space efficient and happy.  

Sleep More 

Sleep is one of the most important parts of the day. It’s essential to get rest because sleep is the time during which your body begins to repair itself. If you have trouble sleeping, getting better sleep might require you to make some major changes to your habits. If you eat late, then you’ll have to eat earlier in the day so that your body can calm down by the time you have to get in bed. You can also just try getting to bed earlier. It might make you feel as though you are missing out on a few things, but you’ll be able to wake up earlier, which will give you a jump on planning out what you need to do each day. 

Take Up a Mellow Hobby or Read 

Sometimes people just need some time to exercise their mind, or just be entertained by their imagination. The best way to do those things would be to find a hobby or find a great book that you can read during your downtime. Precision hobbies like knitting, needlepoint, model building, painting, and music are all great ways to express yourself while expanding your brainpower. 

Exercise 

This one is my favorite and should always be a go-to, but people often forget how many benefits that working out can have. Studies have known for ages that getting some exercise can be a great way to help your deal with stress and improve your mood. The endorphins that you get from physical activity can also make it easier for you to sleep.
My workout routine involves my awesome Peloton Bike+ and the fabulous classes that you can take live or on-demand. I love the variety of classes offered and the Peloton community is so supportive.
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Living Abundantly By Showing And Sharing Gratitude

Living Abundantly By Showing And Sharing Gratitude

Living Abundantly By Showing And Sharing Gratitude

Would you like to live abundantly full of happiness and contentment? 🙋🏻‍♀️

How about a life with excellent physical and mental health? 🙋🏻‍♀️

You can greatly increase your chances of that happening by showing and sharing gratitude. Say what?

That’s right, something as simple as practicing thankfulness and expressing how grateful you are for the people and things you have in your life has a powerful impact.

Here are some simple things you can do starting today to show your gratitude.

 

  • Tell the people you love how grateful you are for them. We often take the ones closest to us for granted. I know I do this more often than I would like to. Make a point to show your appreciation regularly and be specific to make it meaningful.

 

  • Think about the people who challenge you. Express your gratitude for how they help you grow and make you stronger.

 

  • Take a few minutes each week to write a letter or email to a person who has made a difference to you at one point or another. This could be a teacher, a mentor, an old friend … anyone you can think of.

 

  • Give the gift of your time to someone to show without words how grateful you are to have them in your life. We are limited to what we can do in person, but a phone or video call I feel would suffice at this time. This is particularly important for elderly people in your life. Your time with them is limited. Make the most of it.

 

  • Start using a gratitude journal and make the time to write down three things you are grateful for every single day. It will brighten even your worst days and put things into perspective. Need a journal? Visit my Resource Library for a FREE Fall Journal!
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Give the gift of your time to someone to show without words how grateful you are to have them in your life.

  • Forgive yourself when you don’t reach all your goals, or things don’t go your way. Be grateful for what you have and what you are learning from each experience.

 

  • Compliment the people around you. Make them feel good about themselves. It’s a powerful way to show gratitude in an indirect way. Small, meaningful gifts and acts of service do the same.

 

  • Pay it forward. Do something nice for someone you work with or a total stranger. Random acts of kindness are a wonderful way to spread gratitude and bring more positivity into the world.

 

  • Give a hug (or elbow bump if we are still in this pandemic) and a kind word to someone who’s struggling. Show them through physical affection that you’re there for them and grateful to have them in your life.

 

  • Show your body and mind gratitude for what they do for your day in and day out by taking care of yourself and investing in regular self-care.

I’ll leave you with a quote. Take a moment to read it, re-read it, and really let it sink in.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

Join me on Instagram as I shared 7 days on why you should make gratitude a daily focus. Looking forward to connecting with you!

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5 Ways to Find More Joy in Your Life – Even Now in Times of Fear and Chaos

5 Ways to Find More Joy in Your Life – Even Now in Times of Fear and Chaos

5 Ways to Find More Joy in Your Life – Even Now in Times of Fear and Chaos

These days, the world often seems to be a terrible place, with one disaster happening after another. In the last few months, the world has experienced a pandemic, massive protests, and never-ending news stories about politics, sickness, and death.  Yet opportunities for more joy in your life do exist.  Yes, they do!

How do you find more joy in your life, even now in times of fear and chaos?

According to psychologists and researchers, there are five simple ways to help you find more joy in your life.  These five ways work, no matter what state the world is in right now.  Successfully finding more joy in your life depends on what state your mindset is in, not on what is happening in the world.

Don’t Wait to Be Happy

“There is no time like the present.” – Proverb

If you wait for something to happen to make you happy, you will spend your life waiting, not finding joy.  Where’s the fun in that?

When you delay joy for a future event, you miss countless opportunities for joy every day.  Finding more joy means living in the present and appreciating the good you see all around you.

Even amid global fear and chaos, there are opportunities for joy in your daily life.

Pay attention to the stories of kindness people show, like helping their elderly neighbors, the support shown to healthcare workers, and of people coming together to support one another.  Joy is available, so stop waiting for it to find you and look for it every day.

Practice Gratitude

“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude.  It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.” – Anonymous

When you practice gratitude, the world becomes a much more joyful place.  I fully believe in the power of gratitude and practicing being grateful every day. Even when things are difficult and seem out of control, gratitude helps you keep a positive mindset.

Being grateful for what you have improves your resilience against obstacles in life. It makes you stronger and better able to handle stressful situations that may come your way.

Practicing gratitude includes being thankful for both the good and bad things in your life.  Bad things open your eyes just a bit wider. While it’s easier to be grateful when something good happens, you can be grateful for bad things, too, because they are opportunities to remind yourself of what you have accomplished and what you can do in the future.  Bad things that happen in the world allow you to appreciate what you do have and find ways to learn and grow to overcome obstacles.

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“It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude.  It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.” – Anonymous

Self-Care

“The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” – Diane von Furstenberg

Don’t let what happens in the world keep you from taking care of yourself.  Your self-esteem and mindset depend on self-care.   Simple pleasures, quiet moments, hobbies, and taking care of your health are ways to practice self-care, improve your emotional strength, and find more joy in your life.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

“Surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be a positive person.” – Kellie Pickler

Who you spend time with affects how you see yourself and how you see the world. By surrounding yourself with positive people, you boost your positive feelings about life.  Positive people help keep you on track, support you, and help you practice gratitude.

Negativity can also come in different forms, such as social media and online news stations. Turn off the TV and internet news.

Read an inspiring book or watch a feel-good movie.  Find friends who support you and positively look at life.  Keeping negativity out of your life moves you away from anxiety and fear and moves you toward joy.

Stop Worrying

“You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.” – Janis Joplin

I used to worry a lot about everything. It’s definitely been a continuous struggle for me to stop worrying about all things. I tell myself, stop looking at WebMD because everything leads to the “C” word. Ugh.

What I tell myself is that most of what I worry about never happens.

Worry comes from fears inside your mind about what could happen, not about what will happen.  Worry often involves being upset about the worst-case scenario, which rarely happens.

And even if something terrible does happen in the future, worrying won’t stop or change it. Worry focuses your attention on negative outcomes, not on the opportunities for joy in your life.  So true! You will find more joy when you stop worrying about the chaos in the world and focus on the goodness in your life.

Find more joy in your life by focusing on the good that surrounds you.  How do you find joy in your life?

No matter what is happening in the world, your happiness and joy depend on having a positive outlook and mindset. Take a deep breath and remind yourself of what you have that makes you smile. Remind yourself to focus on the positive, rather than the negative.

Positivity will always beat out negativity. Always.

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Daily Mood-Boosting Rituals

Daily Mood-Boosting Rituals

Daily Mood-Boosting Rituals

When people think of their mood, they often think of just being in a good mood or a bad mood. But the truth is, there is a lot in between these two extremes.

Things like mental stress, daily habits, physical stress, and so many other factors go into how you feel.

Your mood is not just good or bad. It’s not always a black and white situation, but can include being stressed, anxious, fearful, relaxed, calm, tense, and agitated.

If you feel like you don’t have balanced moods, or you are constantly one extreme or another, it might be time to take a look at your habits, daily routines, and how you spend your time. Your behaviors have such a large impact on your moods and how you feel.

What Causes Shifts in Your Mood?

One of the most surprising things about mood fluctuations is how many things in your everyday life, many of which you don’t always have control of, can change your mood. The more you understand about mood changes, the more you can decide what lifestyle changes will help the best with your mood-boosting rituals.

So what can affect your mood state?

Stress – Probably one of the most common causes is our friend, stress. All levels of stress, whether it’s a major event or somewhat minor, can cause your mood to swing.

Mental health – Many mental health disorders can lead to changes in your mood, including anxiety and depression. If you struggle with your mental health, you might already be aware of how drastically your mood can shift.

Sleep habits – Yes, how much and how well you sleep is going to affect your mood! We aren’t just talking about having a crappy night’s sleep and not feeling your best the next morning. 

Diet – What you will see throughout this content is that what you eat can greatly impact how you feel. What you choose to eat the majority of the time does make a big difference in your mood.

Medical causes – Not only can hormone fluctuations affect your mood, but other medical causes like thyroid disorders, stroke, vitamin deficiency, and Parkinson’s might all be the cause of your mood changes.

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So How do You Take Control of your Mood Shift?

1. Morning Journaling Routine

Let’s talk a little bit about morning routines. This is one of those trending topics that people think are just popular right now and will be gone before we know it, but that isn’t true at all. I have a morning routine that I do every day. Having this regular consistent routine helps to keep me grounded.

But did you know that you have a morning routine now, whether you consciously realize it or not? You probably have certain tasks you like to get done shortly after waking up, such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower, walking your dogs, making your kids breakfast, or stumbling out of bed and rushing out the door to get to work.

Of course, you do!

Mind you, you are not trying to invent the wheel with your morning routine, but instead, just add a few activities in your morning that will improve your day and your mood.

One of the best activities you can do during your morning routine is to write in a journal. There are many ways this can help you, but one of my personal favorites is with a brain dump.

What is a brain dump?

This simply means you write whatever is on your mind, and keep writing until you feel like you have gotten through all those nagging thoughts. Your mood fluctuations might be from stress or just feeling overwhelmed. Your thoughts can do that without you even realizing it.

By doing this type of brain dump in the morning, you get those thoughts out on paper to help release some of the tension, but also gain a little more clarity. Brain dumps also helps to ease your busy mind and allows you to be more mindful in the morning.

2. Improve Your Sleep Hygiene

The next most important thing you can do each day when you want to boost your mood naturally is to get better sleep. And I am not just talking about how many hours you sleep, though that is definitely important.

You want to focus on proper sleep hygiene, which is simply the nighttime routine you have before you go to sleep.

Here are some things you can add to your sleep routine that will help you get more restful sleep, and balance your mood at the same time:

Start getting ready for bed 1-2 hours before you intend to fall asleep.

Don’t use any electronics or keep the TV on when you are getting ready for sleep.

Try to avoid stimulants like caffeine or alcohol shortly before sleep.

Set up your bedroom to provide a restful night’s sleep, including a cool and quiet environment.

Get blackout curtains to keep it as dark as possible in your bedroom.

Participate in quiet and calm activities before bed, such as reading or writing in your journal. No games or TikTok!

With these few changes, you will notice that you tend to fall asleep a little easier, and you don’t wake up exhausted and cranky.

3. Pay Attention to What You Eat

This might not be what you want to hear, but what you eat does make a difference in how you feel, including mentally. Some foods, like high amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates, give you energy and make you feel better in the short-term, but cause an energy crash, after which you might notice a worse mood.

When it comes to eating right, you want to focus on balance and proper nutrients. Not being on a restrictive diet, but just trying to get in more complex carbs, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. I don’t like to deprive myself of foods that I like. I just try to not to eat so much of it.

4. Move Your Body Every Day

In addition to eating right, try to also get some regular exercise in. Gotta get moving! Again, we aren’t talking about completing a difficult fitness challenge or pushing yourself to do some extreme form of activity you don’t enjoy.

Instead, find some workouts that get you moving, you are motivated and excited to try, and that you actually enjoy. These can help you become mentally healthier and improve your mood exponentially, with the added benefit of being good for your physical health as well.

Some exercises you might want to try include:

Walking or going on a hike

Dancing

Taking a local fitness class (online, if you’re gym is not open right now)

Yoga or Pilates

Weight lifting

Family workouts with your kids

5. Practice Gratitude

When you appreciate the blessings in your life, instead of focusing on what you don’t have, your mood will change practically overnight.

No matter how difficult or challenging things might feel right now, there are always things to be grateful for. It might be people in your life who are always loving and supportive, a decent job, a roof over your head, your pets or family, or like me it can be just a cup of coffee every morning when you have 5 minutes of peace and quiet.

To improve your mood every day, start writing at least one thing you are grateful for in your journal. Turn this into a daily ritual that you do every morning or evening, and you will notice the changes very quickly.

6. Make Self-Care a Priority

Self-care is so much more than people realize, and sometimes often misunderstood. To put it simply, your self-care routine should be something you do for yourself and only you. At least once a day, you choose some type of activity that you enjoy, relaxes you, and makes you happy.

While it can be absolutely anything, here are a few ideas if you’re not sure where to start:

Get outside

Play with your pet (if you have one!)

Watch your favorite TV show or movie

Read a book

Work on an art project

Take an afternoon nap

Soak in a bubble bath

Meet a friend for coffee (If you’re able to meet outside.

It can be something you do alone or with friends. There are no rules about self-care, as long as it makes you feel better and is something you truly enjoy.

7. Declutter and Organize Your Space

Yes, working on your space and getting it organized helps with mood stabilization! Have you ever woken up in a clean and orderly room, and just felt better? It’s so refreshing and you just feel lighter. Just having a decluttered and clean home makes all the difference. You feel happier, healthier, and more productive.

Spend just a few minutes a day picking up your home and tidying it as much as you can, even if you have a busy schedule.

8. Unplug at Least Once a Day

Give yourself at least one time of the day when you are completely unplugged. This means no computer or laptop, no tablet, and no cell phone. It is up to you if you choose to include television in unplugging, but definitely no phones!

I admit it’s hard, and I really have to work at it. But I find it amazing as I discover things around me that I have never noticed before.

You need some time to relax without social media, phone updates, and text messages. This allows you to sit in the quiet and just enjoy your home and family, without all that extra noise.

9. Set Healthy Boundaries

This is probably one of the more surprising ways you can boost your mood naturally. Sometimes, you have so many expectations and so many people needing things from you, that you don’t realize your responsibilities are what is negatively affecting your mood.

It is okay to say no. It is okay to turn down an invitation. It is okay to not always be the one person people can count on for whatever they need. Set some healthy boundaries and let people know when and if you are available to them. If they love you, they will understand your need for boundaries, just like you respect their boundaries.

Remember, “No, is a complete sentence.”

10. Get Outside for Fresh Air

Lastly, try to spend more time outside if you can. Fresh air and vitamin D will both greatly benefit your mood and energy levels.

Many people don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet, and aren’t outside enough during the day to get it naturally from the sun’s UV rays. The simplest thing is to figure out how you can spend a little more time outside.

Plus this gives you a chance to move your body which helps to loosen parts of your body that have tightened up from sitting all day.

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8 Ways to Be Emotionally Balanced During Uncertain Times

8 Ways to Be Emotionally Balanced During Uncertain Times

8 Ways to Be Emotionally Balanced During Uncertain Times

When is 2020 going to be over? Can’t come soon enough I feel.

How are you doing? Just when you think the road is getting smoother, we hit another pothole.

 

With these uncertain times, it’s easy to let your emotions take over. Uncertainty can lead to intense emotions that can be difficult to control. However, with the right coping skills and support, it’s possible to balance out our emotions during uncertain times.

Here, I’ll share with you 8 ways you can balance your emotions during uncertain times.

1. Ensure you stick to a routine

Routines can prove invaluable during and after times of crisis. They provide some level of control during uncertainty. Routines are what you choose. You can have a morning routine, evening routine, weekend routine, etc … It is of your design.

It’s important to note here that it’s OK if your routine is slightly different than the norm. It’s important to adapt to situations and if you need to change your routine, then go for it. However, there are things you can do to keep some form of structure to your day in changing times.

Make sure you’re getting to sleep at the same time and eating healthy meals. Schedule time for exercise each day and also incorporate calming activities too. Sticking to a routine can prove surprisingly effective at maintaining good emotional balance in uncertain times.

2. Pay attention to social connections

You’re also going to want to pay attention to your social connections. During times of uncertainty it’s easy to isolate yourself more than usual. However, if you pull away from friends and family, it can be detrimental to your mental health.

Try and maintain your social connections during this time. If you can’t get together, set up Zoom or some sort of video calls. Or just make a good old fashioned telephone call. You need your friends and family now more than ever.

3. Continue to take care of yourself

Taking good care of yourself can also counteract those negative emotions. So, making sure you get enough exercise, eat a balanced diet and do things you enjoy are important during uncertain times.

Pausing every now and then to go get a breath of fresh air. Or play a video game to break up any stressful or anxious situations.

4. Get creative

Many people find getting creative can help them to express their emotions. It can also prove a great distraction from negative thinking.

There is nothing greater than losing yourself in a creative hobby. So, think about starting drawing or painting, putting together a scrapbook or even starting a jewelry making hobby. Getting creative can really help to balance out your emotions in tough times.

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Focus on things you can control.

5. Learn something new

Another great tip is to learn something new. It’s easy to focus solely on the negative situation. However, by taking up a new hobby it enables you to focus on something else.

There are so many new things you could learn. Perhaps you’ve wanted to learn a musical instrument? Or maybe you’re keen to learn a new language? Whatever it is you want to learn, you’ll find plenty of online courses and videos on sites such as YouTube you can follow.

6. Focus on the things you can control

If you only focus on the things you can’t control, it’s going to cause you to feel helpless, depressed and anxious. However, if you switch that focus to the things you can control, it’s going to make you feel more empowered.

So, write down what you can change about the situation right now. Even if it’s simply the way you respond to the situation, there is always something you can control.

7. Limit the amount of news you watch

During a crisis, it’s common to want to stay up to date by watching the news. I love watching Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo. However, if the news is mostly negative, it can have a significant impact on your wellbeing. So, limit the news you watch each day and see just how much calmer you feel.

8. Don’t be afraid to seek help

Finally, if nothing appears to be working, don’t be afraid to seek help. Sometimes, we need expert help to switch our thinking and overcome the negative emotions which come from a crisis. I’ve always found it helpful to have someone who will just listen and not try to tell me what to do.

There is no shame in seeking help and it could set you on a healthier path, helping you to better deal with a future crisis.

I hope these 8 tips will help you become more emotionally balanced during uncertain times.

By focusing on the things you can control and taking care of yourself, you’ll be in a much better position mentally.

If you try any of the 8 tips above, leave me a comment or send me an email at hello@lisashamblen.com.

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