7 ways to practice self-care during a crisis.
Self-care refers to things done by you for your own well-being and comfort and is particularly important to help transition during times of crisis. Self-care can literally change your brain, making it less hospitable to depression and more welcoming to feelings of well being.
- First, do no harm. This is not the time to finish that heated discussion with your spouse, lash out at anyone, or confront a colleague. Just wait.
- Let time do its job. Painful emotions are temporary because they pull us into a regressed state, we get deceived by the childhood feeling that “this is forever.”
- Ask for help. Even good parents get assistance for their children. Talk openly to trusted friends or to a therapist.
- Take a warm bath and have a cup of chamomile tea. It’s a one-two punch.
- Dance with yourself. Put on your favorite dance song and move—large, active movements—even if you’re not in the mood. Watch what animals do after a fight or a scare. They shake it off. Dancing is a powerful way to shake off distress.
- Activate your self-soothing system - gently patting your cheek with your hand or lightly rubbing your chest over your heart.
- Sit by a fireplace or outdoor fire-pit. Enjoy watching the flames and the warmth.
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