Well-being, self-care, self-love—these words mean different things to different people, and that’s totally okay. Basically, it’s about making intentional choices that help you feel good about you, and can lead to a sense of balance in your life. You don’t have to go vegan or off the grid—supporting wellness can be as simple as sitting still for 5 minutes. There’s no right or wrong way—it’s all about what works for you. Here are a few of our favorites to get you rolling.
1. Feel the power of animal magic
Got a pupper? A cat? A llama? Pet, play and connect with your furry friend for a few minutes. Research shows that pet relationships trigger similar neural pathways as the parent-baby bond, boosting mood and lowering anxiety. If you don’t have a pet, scroll Instagram (dogs!) (cats!) for a few minutes to get a feel-good fix.
2. Say hello to a friend
Social distancing is taking a toll on introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between. Make some time to text, talk or zoom with someone you love, and someone who gets that you might only have 5 minutes to catch up. Staying connected is a great way to remember that life is bigger than this moment, and that there are people out there who have your back.
3. Get up, get down, just move it
Maybe your routine already includes yoga or a daily run, and that’s great. But moving just a little bit—stretching, dancing, chasing you kid around the yard, or walking around the block, can help you reset, refocus, and make your body (and brain) feel more alive.
4. Turn the ringer off
You’ve probably heard that keeping your phone out of the bedroom is a good idea, because blue light—not to mention your news feed—can disrupt healthy sleep patterns. But it’s not always realistic—your job or family may require that you have a phone nearby. If nighttime isn’t ideal, find 15 minutes a day when it is okay to not look at your phone. Go outside, pet your cat, and savor the feeling of freedom of being disconnected.
5. Say yes to fruits and veggies
Look, no one’s saying you have to love broccoli. But vitamin-rich leafy greens and antioxidant packed fruits are superfoods and super-nourishing. Prefer snacking? Sweet potato fries, kale chips, dried berries, fruit and nut bars are all tasty picks. Smoothies or juice count, too. If you want to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs, consider popping a multivitamin.
6. Do your best to hydrate
You’ve probably heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day, right? And then thought: get real. Okay, try one glass of water. Also try tea, chai, juice, bubbly water—if you like it, there’s a good chance you’ll drink more of it.
7. Invent your own version of meditation
Forget lofty mountain top retreats—what calms you down in real life? Close your eyes, inhale and exhale deeply for 10 minutes. Read a poem you love out loud. Create a relaxing playlist—then listen to it without doing the dishes or picking up the apartment. Give yourself a few minutes to just be.
8. Find a moment of nostalgia
One way to take a step back is to get in touch with something that has sparked joy but you haven’t done for a while. Read your favorite book, watch a classic Hollywood movie or call an old friend. A quick hit of positive nostalgia can help you feel more connected to your inner life—and look at the present with new eyes.
9. A little talk therapy goes a long way
There’s a lot going on right now. Talking to a family member or friend is a good start, and there are several virtual therapy sites that make talking to a professional easy, safe and affordable.
10. Schedule time for good vibes
A candlelit bath, a piece of chocolate, a good book, a glass of wine, a half hour nap, you favorite rom-com, a DIY orgasm—what is something that will make you feel good right now? Make room in your routine to treat yourself to something special—and practice feeling good about how good it feels.
How do you support your well-being throughout the day? Let us know in the comments below or find us on Instagram @raeforwellness.