Well, where do we start to find a normal life again that includes feeling and looking like ourselves? Good question. I’m trying not to dwell on it too much, but I do know that we will prevail and find our way as a society. One thing I do know is that it’s imperative that we stay positive and find ways to be happier and shine during difficult times. This includes how we feel, act, speak, look, and take care of ourselves. In that vein, here are a few things that I think will help us all feel a little better and work toward being the light the world needs right now.
Take Care of Yourself
Hey, just because many of us are in lockdown or restricted, we can still take care of ourselves. Yeah, I’m guilty of slacking off a bit on my own personal care. Just look at my unshaven legs and horrendous roots with silver sprinkles. No worries, though, I’m not broken, and neither are you. So, all that salon stuff and time spent looking for the latest miracle face treatment or hair masks aren’t exactly what I’m talking about here. Let’s focus a little more on really taking care of ourselves on the inside.
Though I do believe we need to physically care for our bodies, there is a deep need to look after our emotional well-being right now. I recommend that we all take moments during the day to reflect on how we feel and what things could be hurting us on the inside. Unresolved grief, pain, trauma, and fear can make the present situation of the pandemic that much worse. These emotions can be destructive and prevent us from enjoying life and moving forward with dreams and goals. They also prevent us from being a light to those around us. Do what you need to in order to stay balanced and whole right now. Talk to someone. Research. Believe in yourself. Be grateful.
Take Time for Yourself
Dedicate an hour or two out of your day to turn off your phone and focus on yourself. Do things that make you happy, whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or catching up with friends. You can also try adding a personal practice of meditation, yoga, or manifestation techniques into your routine to help you feel more grounded.
I have recently started focusing more on my gifts and interest in the environment and healing. Because of this, I believe I have more to offer to others. So, giving myself more time is, in turn, helping those around me… funny how life works like that.
Practice smiling and laughing as often as you can to increase personal happiness and sending positive vibes into the world. Smiling actually releases feel-good endorphins, which can help to minimize stress hormones and poor thinking habits. Even if you aren’t particularly happy, the mind doesn’t know the difference and sends a message to the body that things are OK. Can you see the benefit of this process during a crisis or adverse event?
A part of what makes you a unique and beautiful woman is your special creativity. It doesn’t have to be art or artistic in nature either. Creativity is in us all and has the potential to change lives… the world for that matter. Using our talents and gifts is so important for happiness and maintaining a balanced life in general.
Use this adverse time to believe in yourself enough to create something that will make your life or someone else’s better. It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant you think it is. Do it anyway. Create a photo collage of your favorite phone shots, make a house for the birds for the winter, write a memoir about your childhood, and give it to your parents. It can be anything that shows the world who you are.
As we all have been changed by this difficult time, we need to remember that we are still beautiful, unique women who deserve to be happy no matter what the circumstances. We also need to show the world our light and gifts. I’m trying to focus more on sharing my gifts and being the best version of myself. Here is one of our recent articles (5 Ways To Be Kinder To Yourself) that may also help you to treat yourself better during adverse times.