Self-care is the practice of distancing oneself from the chaos of a busy life. Not permanently, because bills still need to be paid and the kids need to be fed, but taking a moment to care for yourself is vital towards taking care of the body, mind, and soul. Stress takes a larger toll on the body then many of us realize, and over time it can begin to affect even the most composed individual’s mental health. Before you dive into this edition of KetaView, settle into your seat, prop up your feet if there’s an available footstool, and do the following: relax the tension in your shoulders, unclench your jaw, and take a deep breath.
Use this list as a starting point, a blueprint on your way to discover what your body and mind need to truly relax after a hard day. Take note of the things that really help, and in the meantime don’t be afraid to return to this list when necessary. Self-care isn’t a privilege, it’s a necessity in maintaining good mental health. You are worthy of a break from reality in whatever form that may come in for you.
· Have you eaten today?
· Have you taken time off from your phone?
· Have you had any water today?
· Called a loved one?
It appears on every social media platform, is brought up on every news channel, and is the subject of conversation by just about everyone. For some, these are suffocating times. Per the CDC, “More than 2 in 5 US residents report struggling with mental or behavioral health issues associated with [COVID-19], including anxiety, depression, increased substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts…”