This blog post is a friendly reminder for us all to take a beat. Really, take a few moments and feel your pulse- a literal pulse check. Concentrate on your heart rate, and the way your body is working to take care of you.
If you’re an American, this week has been a doozy, no matter which direction you lean, politically. Hell, if you’re an Earthling, 2020 has been a doozy! To add to the frustration of not knowing where we stand as a nation, we still have that honey badger, covid, lingering around.
No one said it as well as Tom Petty did, “the waiting is the hardest part.” I (Shannon) am an extremely impatient person anyway, it’s something I’m constantly working on. So, how do we all handle the anxiety, stress, and frustration that comes with being unable to control our current circumstances? Well, I know it always helps me to find things that I can control.
- I can control my mindset.
- I can control my work ethic.
- I can control my wellness.
- I can control how I treat others.
No matter what happens, we will get through this. That has been my constant mantra. I have taken self-care to a whole new level this week. I’m more mindful of it, rather than trying to implement good self-care practice here and there, I have been mindfully conscious about making sure I make the time to let Shannon know that I will heal, I am stronger than I think, and I’ll get through this. By the way, you, the person reading this, you will too.
We have talked a lot here on Arner Adventures, about self-care, but we thought it was important to mention some things that we have implemented this week, and suggest you pick a few to implement into your routine.
- Log off (phone, laptop, social media, TV, etc.)
- Don’t watch the news before bed.
- Get 8 hours of sleep.
- Check in with someone you love.
- Look for hope, locally. Often, gratitude is right in front of you.
- Doordash your favorite meal.
- Get outside and take long walks.
- Offer extra compassion to yourself, and those around you. We’re all going through it.
Lastly, our bodies do it automatically, but rarely are we intentional in doing it really well, and deep, but don’t forget to mindfully breathe, breathe, breathe.