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To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself

To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself

To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself

 

We are all walking our own paths, and the road to healing isn’t always easy. One thing we all need to remember is that in order to help others, we must first ensure that we are maintaining our own light and keeping ourselves mentally sound. In other words, To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself.  Here are some tips for keeping your mental energy in the right spectrum and walking the path of healing as we move into 2021:

Heal your mind.

Mental health and self-care practices are two sides of the same coin. There are numerous studies and research that indicate the connection between self-care and mental health. Self-care is the act of increasing self-awareness, which includes mental processes. Practicing self-care can then help you recognize your own emotional patterns. This means that when you become more self-aware, you can avoid the things that make you feel bad, and recognize the things that make you feel more relaxed or calm so you seek those things out.

Another way to take that step toward healing your mind is to assess your goals and how you can accomplish them. Focusing on the end result of your mental health journey can be helpful, especially if you break the journey into smaller steps that you can surmount bit by bit.

Heal your sleep.

Sleep is a huge part of your physical health, but it can help you maintain a mental balance, as well, so striving to get a full cycle of sleep every night should be included in your self-care routine.

Cultivating a space that is conducive to good, quality rest is an important part of creating a healthy sleep schedule. You should transform your bedroom into a sleep-inducing space by using comfortable sheets and pillows, avoiding light disruption, and keeping the noise down. In addition, starting a pre-sleep routine (e.g., having nighttime tea, reading a book, dimming the lights, etc.) can help signal your body that it’s time to rest.

Heal your body.

Mental and physical health has been shown to be inextricably linked. Eating healthy foods as part of a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercising are all ways to get your physical health in the right place — and they all provide a key component of mental health, as well. Practicing good eating habits and a regular daily exercise regimen is part of self-care.

Heal your home.

An integral part of self-care is the maintenance of the environment around you. Creating a sanctuary out of your home is essential to finding inner peace and re-calibrating, even when the world seems unwelcoming.

Creating a positive atmosphere at home is an important step in the healing process. Decluttering, cleaning, and letting fresh air into your home can help you create the kind of sanctuary that will go a long way toward getting your mental energy in the right place.

There is a connection between clutter and the stress hormone cortisol. In other words, when your space is too messy, negative thoughts can spike. So keeping your space clean and clutter-free contributes to the positive vibes you need.

Heal your connections.

Staying in touch with the people you love most is also a form of self-care, and that’s especially true for families. Spending quality time with family members strengthens bonds and helps keep you connected, even when it takes place virtually. The biggest part of maintaining close connections comes from making friends and family a priority and putting time and energy into those relationships.

Focus on you to focus on others.

Use these healing tips to put greater emphasis on self-care and your own mental health journey. Once you are healthy and whole, you can turn your attention to others who may need help in this area.

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How Families Can Reduce Stress and Tension During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for months, but for self-isolating households, this time probably feels much longer. Keeping up with current guidelines and information is stressful enough.  Many families are also dealing with stress from being stuck indoors together. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to address household tension.  This will help your family grow closer as you ride out the rest of this pandemic.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Before you can be there for your family, it’s sometimes necessary to take care of yourself first. Prioritizing your mental health is always important, but it matters even more during these stressful times. Following Barefoot Faith Journey and other bloggers who regularly write about important mental health topics is a great way to start your journey toward better mental health.

 

Practicing self-care is also important during the pandemic. Self-care can take countless forms, and it means something different to anyone. You might not be able to practice all of your usual self-care habits.  During the pandemic, it still helps to prioritize simple things.  Things such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and eating nutritious foods.

 

If you find that you are struggling to cope, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has great resources available to help you through these times. For example, some resources can help you locate treatment options during the pandemic, while others can help you find solutions if you are feeling overwhelmed with finances or other stressors that may have worsened because of the pandemic.

 

Keep in mind that your children may also find it difficult to cope well with the changes brought on by the pandemic. Listening to your children’s concerns, providing structure to the day, and giving context to the news are just a few ways to help, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Spend Time Outside

Getting fresh air is one of the most effective ways to bond as a family during the pandemic while also eliminating stress and boosting everyone’s mental health. You might not be able to enjoy all of the same activities you did before, such as pastimes that require you to be in large crowds, but there are plenty of other ways to get outside.

 

Going on a camping adventure is a fun and socially-distant way to try something different and get your minds off the situation at hand. Likewise, visiting local parks you haven’t been to before is a nice way to explore your neighborhood and stay active while self-isolating. You can even have fun without having to leave the backyard. Try having a backyard bonfire, playing yard games, or stargazing.

Keep Boredom at Bay

Boredom can easily cause tension to rise despite your best efforts. Going outside is a great way to reduce stress.  There are also a variety of fun indoor activities that are equally fun bonding opportunities. For example, having a weekly game night is a good way to pass the time. Opting for cooperative board games and video games will allow you to keep the mood light rather than having it turn competitive.

 

If you want to get serious about online gaming with each other, make sure your internet connection can keep up. Upgrading to fiber optic internet is a smart move.  Especially if you plan on playing multiplayer games like Fortnite.  Also if you are letting your kids play games while you work from home.

Fiber optic internet can handle several devices at the same time. As an added benefit, a faster internet connection also makes it easier to download or stream movies.  This is good if you want to have a family-friendly movie night.

 

Some tension is to be expected as your family navigates the pandemic and adjusts to the new normal. However, it’s important not to let stress get the best of you. Checking in with your mental health, getting outside, and finding ways to combat stress indoors will help your family weather whatever the pandemic throws your way.

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Is Your Family Ready for the New School Year?

Is Your Family Ready for the New School Year?

COVID-19 Resources You Need for a Safe and Successful New School Year

Is your family ready for the new school year? If not, you’re probably not the only one. After all, it can be difficult to navigate pandemic challenges along with the normal back-to-school concerns. That’s why you need the steps and resources below to make your life easier.

First, You’ve Got to Have Some Faith

This year’s going to be tough but you’ve got this!

Then, You’ll Need to Keep Things Clean

Homeschool or regular school, keeping your home clean is crucial.

Next, You Can Start Shopping for Supplies

No new school year is complete without shopping, so use these tips to make it easier.

Finally, Work on Getting Kids Into a Routine

Honestly, this may be the hardest part of the new school year, but these resources will help.

This year is going to be a challenge. So put the resources above to good use but also have some faith and patience with yourself, and your family.

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