Self-Care in the Time of COVID and Political Change
This year, 2020 has been an absolute roller coaster for all of us. The stress of COVID, the loss of our summer, change of plans, police brutality, political unrest, the election, the second wave of COVID, it feels like it will never end. I have tried to remember that self-care and self love are important practices right now. We must also have empathy for ourselves, we talk a lot about empathy in our class and I believe that empathy is a great partner to self-care. As graduate students we also have the stress of school to add to this mess. So I would like to encourage you to take a minute and stop and think about what you have done for yourself today. Did you make your favorite meal? Do a face mask? Take a bubble bath? Yoga? Pet a dog/cat? As we progress with the year that feels like it will never end, I encourage us all to be kind to ourselves and do something small everyday that makes us happy. Everyday I start my day with greens and my favorite bagel, some days I take a bubble bath or a nap or I listen to a podcast on my drive home. These little actions that are so simple are acts of kindness that we can gift to ourselves to help us with the anxiety and depression that many of us are feeling. Go out today and talk a walk, enjoy nature, go hiking, or FaceTime with one of your friends, take the time to step away from your stress and do something for you! Drink water, eat fruits and vegetables, make time to sleep and give a dog a hug today. Find your self-care routine and love yourself!