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The Importance of Self-Care

When life becomes stressful, it can be easy to forget the importance of taking care of yourself. For parents especially, the need to care for children and families is often overwhelming. Now more than ever, with the current COVID-19 spread in our communities, self-care is important to take care of your health and well-being. 


In areas highly affected by COVID-19, such as New York City, daily life looks very different than before. As New Yorkers, we understand that anxiety and stress levels are at an all time high. Despite the challenges you face, taking care of yourself first will allow you to better take care of those around you. Self-care is any activity that we do intentionally in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Self-care looks different for every person, but it is important to find what works for you and to make it a priority in your life. 


Many people practice self-care routines without even knowing it. However, with the new socially distant lifestyle that has come as a result of COVID-19, it is important to adjust self-care practices the same way that we have adjusted so many daily activities. Think of your self-care as you would the oxygen mask on a plane. The same rules apply. You must apply your own mask before helping those around you. You need to ensure that you have the air you need to breathe! How can you take care of others without taking care of yourself?


Establishing a routine is very important when adjusting to change. Making time for activities that are good for your mind and body is a good place to start in setting up your self-care routines.From the moment you wake up, pay attention to the “mental checklist” of things that you need to do during the day. Writing down a schedule for each day may be helpful, especially if you are juggling caring for others in your home. Each day, set the goal of completing 1-3 different types of self-care using the chart below and resources provided.


TYPES OF SELF-CARE



Physical

With gyms and workout spaces across the nation closing, many fitness instructors have taken to social media to connect and keep followers moving, active, and engaged. Follow these accounts for up to date schedules of live stream workouts: