Wellness Tip by Beverly Echols

For several months, we have all been focused on planning, preparing and responding to COVID-19, coping with losing loved ones, isolation and racism. During this time of uncertainty and stress, it is essential that we find ways to take care of ourselves so we can better support others.
Below are some tips to promote resiliency, wellness and reduce stress. Wellness simply means taking care of yourself! Do not neglect self-care of the mind, body and spirit.

  1. Take time have a positive conversation with family, friends and loved ones. – now is a great time to catch up or spark a new relationship. Check in on someone today. Broadening and deepening relationships is one of the most crucial resilience factors.
  2. Make your food gorgeous! Eating healthier start with making health food more appetizing and worthy of display. We typically eat more of what we can see, but if look good, it can be one less barrier to making healthy choices. Go ahead and try that dish you’ve seen on the cooking show.
  3. Try yoga on You Tube. It is taught at all different levels and can lower stress, boost immune system, and lower blood pressure as well as reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue and insomnia.
  4. View things in your life in a positive manner today. Eliminate negativity and re-frame how you think of certain things and situation, you’ll notice yourself being more relaxed.
  5. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Make sure your sleep area is cool and comfortable. Try to refrain from phone, tablet or computer usage before bed. Your quality of sleep can determine a how you will handle the day.
  6. Get your feelings out – in a good way. Stress and uncertainty can make us feel scattered and lose focus. Take time to write down your feelings to think clearly and move forward.
  7. Self-reflect today for personal growth. Consider a journal to become aware of just how far you have grown in your faith talk and abilities. Maybe you started a new routine and want to journal your progress.
  8. Laugh today! It’s good for the body, mind and spirit. Even the act of smiling can prompt your brain to get ready to release those good hormones. Learn to laugh out loud!
  9. Read or learn something new today. An article, book, word of the day, scripture, etc. Open your mind to new possibilities and interest.
  10. Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time today. Stand or mover around every hour reminds your body that you are still alive! Do a stretch between tv shows or during the commercial breaks. Exercise can help with sleep and having a healthy weight.
  11. Revisit being grateful today. Send a note, text or email to someone unsuspecting whom you are grateful for. Make their day…and yours.
  12. Forgive someone even if you think your feelings are justified. It’s good for them and you.
  13. Resist the urge to argue, defend or prove you are right today. Save “giving them a piece of your mind” since you might need it later. Listen to really hear others today. Stop interrupting and listen, you might learn something about yourself and others.
  14. Follow a no eating rule three hours before bedtime. See how you sleep.
  15. Consider doing a fast and prayer hour today. Focus on nothing but the present day. Make sure you journal your thoughts and prayers.
  16. Listen to music today that inspires you and moves your spirit. Yes, you can dance like no one is looking. In a bad mood, put on some happy music and sing.
  17. Take a break from cooking and order take out! Try something new or stick with your favorite restaurant.
  18. Limit your media exposure today – TV news and social media. Give your brain a break from negativity. Set a reasonable limit for yourself so you can balance being informed with being overwhelmed.
  19. Try to be mindful, live in the moment, and appreciate life’s simple pleasures.
  20. Look for similarities rather than differences in other, this helps make connections. We all have far more similarities than differences.
  21. Consider a period of deep breathing, a moment of relaxation and quiet time. Place your hand over your heart as you breathe deeply. Do a thank you Lord prayer as you breathe in (i.e., thank you Lord for my life).
  22. Make time for a hobby or learn a new one today. Make a list of something you’ve wanted to learn and do it –a little at a time.
  23. Help someone today! Maya Angelou said you have two hands, one for helping yourself and one for helping others.
  24. Watch out for all or nothing thinking. Instead of thinking about your problems in all or nothing extremes, evaluate them on a scale of 0-100. When things don’t work out as well as you had hoped, think about the experience as a partial success rather than a total failure. Learn from the situation.
  25. Get outside today. Nature and sunshine are good for the mind, body and spirit. I don’t advise going out in sweltering weather. Try early morning hours. If you don’t go outside, then sit near a window and allow the sunlight to touch your skin.
  26. Get your family involved. Have your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. draw pictures and have a virtual art show for family and friends.
  27. Start a gratitude jar. Write down something you appreciate about family members on a slip of paper and place it in a jar. On a special occasion, read the slips of paper to the family member.
  28. Learn to say “I love you to those close to you everyday”
  29. Understand that we aren’t perfect! Learn from your mistakes.
  30. Try a moment of meditation. Find peace of mind in quiet time.
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