Self Care Tips
When grief bubbles up here are some basic self-care practices that you can do every day!
Taking a few minutes at different times throughout the day to focus on taking a few deep breaths can help to reset your system and get the oxygen flowing again. Breathe in slowly while counting to ten, then exhale slowly to the count of ten. Do this three or four times. Feel your body relax and your system recharge.
Thanks to technology, connection is literally right at our fingertips. Take a moment to call, text, Snap, etc. someone important to you. Let them know you are thinking about them, share a funny meme, or just say a quick hello. Or, set up a visit with a friend, share a meal, or take a walk together and enjoy one another’s company. Humans are built for connection with others (even our furry 4-legged friends) and it can be too easy to isolate ourselves during stressful times.
We could give you tons of self-care practices, but not every one will work for everyone! You have to find what feels right for your life. So, here’s the audience participation part … what do you think would work best for you? Maybe start with focusing on just one practice, or maybe you start with 3. Just remember to begin slowly, enjoy the little successes, and be gentle with yourself if you forget.
Let’s up our game by adding some activities you can do here and there:
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to self-care, when grief bubbles up, but we hope that it’s helped you to mentally highlight the great things you already do, add some fun things to your self-care practice, and re-evaluate some of your unhealthier coping skills (yeah, we all have them) and how you can turn them into more helpful opportunities! Here you can find more traditional ways to find support.