Self-care and Quarantine

It is hard to practice self-care while guaranteeing?

I have noticed that self-care can be found in minor ways – however, is it hard to practice self-care while guaranteeing?

I believe that there is a difference between internal self-care and external self-care.

As a new therapist, my internal self-care has precedented my life

Being present with myself is an essential part of my self-care regimen. I enjoy taking time to reflect on my experience and thinking patterns. While creating artwork or writing poetry, I tap into new insights. Just as I do with my internal self-care, I also enjoy creating and being in spaces that promote relaxation, creation, comfort, and stillness.I have practiced incorporating breathing techniques and internal cues that remind me to bring my attention back to the present moment. I have cultivated this daily practice to be more present with my internal dialogue.

Each space in my home is designed to promote good energy flow and relaxation. When things around me are chaotic or scattered, I work to balance my inner self so I feel safe and grounded. My external and internal self-care go hand in hand. I enjoy exploring new self-care techniques I can embed into my daily living. To this point, I enjoy practicing meditation! Within this practice, I set my intentions to become more present and aware in my everyday interactions. In other words, I meditate throughout my day.

Self-care to incorporate:

I hope to begin exercising a lot more. I used to value this form of self-care when I was an athlete. Unfortunately, since then, I have not been consistent. I want to incorporate yoga and strength building into my routine.

There are several techniques I have implemented throughout my journey thus far:

  1. I often wear cool colors like green, blue, and grey. These colors give me space to feel at ease and calm.
  2. I have several blankets and pillows in my home (and car) space!
  3. I light candles and turn on my diffuser when I settle into a room.
  4. I have personal therapy sessions.
  5. I talk with my friends and family.
  6. My partner and I incorporate home “dates,” as we are often apart.
  7. I pick days out of the week to spend extra time on my physical appearance. This idea has also translated to Teletherapy and Online School. I wake up in the morning and prepare to “go to work” or “go to school.”
  8. I go for walks with my dog.
  9. I paint, draw, and craft.
  10. We prepare a tasty meal that pares well with wine!

Self-care and self-love are rooted in considering your future self as a daily practice. Intentional Simplicity is here to make starting and sustaining your wellness journey a little easier!

The Intentional Simplicity Instagram feed began as a method to encourage others to live a life of sustainable wellness. It quickly grew into a space where I felt safe enough to connect with others and myself in dialogues that enhanced mental health and creativity. 

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