Written by Allison Steckbeck, LPC
During this time of global stress and grief, self-care is more important than ever. Yet so many of our self-care routines and rituals are no longer accessible to us. Many of us are likely struggling to feel grounded during such an uncertain time. I’ve created a list below of self care activities that are both practical and accessible. Each item encompasses simple ways you can show up for yourself on any given day to create a sense of feeling grounded.
Mindfulness can take many forms and aids us tremendously in feeling grounded. One simple way you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily life is by engaging your senses. Getting outside right now can feel difficult but it is vital that we give ourselves permission to take in the fresh air when we can. For some this may look like simply stepping outside and taking a few deep breaths. As you breathe, maybe you allow yourself to name a few things you can see, draw attention to the sounds you can hear, and notice the scents and sensations in the air. Breathing and paying attention to your senses can be a simple way to feel more present in your daily life.
Meditation often feels intimidating to many people but it doesn’t have to be. Technology apps like Insight Timer are a great way to begin incorporating meditation into your self care routine. Here you can typically find guided meditations that are easy to use, accessible, and free of charge. Engaging in moments of meditation can be a profound tool for quieting the mind, especially regarding anxious and/or intrusive thoughts.
Yoga is a great way to improve the connection between your body and your mind. Yoga is truly for anyone who can breathe. You do not need to be athletic or flexible to engage in yoga. Yoga by Adriene is a fantastic resource you can find online. All of the classes are free of charge and focused on finding what feels good in your own body. Room to Breathe yoga studio is also a trauma informed yoga studio that is offering free classes on Wednesday afternoons. Showing up for yourself on your yoga mat can create a sense of inner peace and self-compassion.
Engaging in therapy is a primary tool for creating a consistent space for self care and reflection. All therapists at Urban Balance are now offering teletherapy services. Insurance companies have also loosened restrictions surrounding teletherapy so these services will be covered by insurance plans even if they previously were not. Therapy can create a safe space to gain support, insight, guidance, and tools to manage the uncertainty, stress, grief, and anxiety that many of us are experiencing right now.
Remember to show up for yourself, whether in simple ways or more complex ways, every single day if you can.
Perhaps in the morning you can ask yourself, “how can I show up for myself today…?”