Self-care and relaxation during COVID19

We’re back with another post, this one is all about Dyslexics practicing self care, mindfulness and relaxation whilst navigating and adapting to the new ‘normal’ during the COVID19 pandemic.

Let’s start off by understanding that mental well being is just as important as our physical wellbeing and both need to be taken care of and are just as important as each other. Often, our mental health is a forgotten relative, where we only notice it when it stops being well. Take a good look at you mental state. Is it healthy? How do we know if it’s healthy? We tend to ignore our mental health and sometimes fail to acknowledge if our mental wellbeing is in tact as it can be a way were used to and may not know when something is wrong. It is easy to be under the illusion that you are well even if you’re not as your mental wellness is how you relate and react with the world. Ensure you look after your mental wellness otherwise it is easy to burn out similarly for example someone working too much and losing their voice.

Here are some top tips for practicing self-care and relaxation during COVID19:

 

  • Look after your physical body. Your mind cannot function if your physical wellness is not there. Often when we are irritable or angry and we think it’s because of something major or drastic but sometimes it’s simply because we are tired. Ensure to tune into your physicality and make it work for you, not against you.

 

  • Be extra careful of what you ingest and let your consciousness absorb. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by world news and events, which we do not constantly need to consume. If you must watch then news, watch it once a day which is more than enough. Engage in what will nurture you. Be mindful with how much you consume and where you go with it. Try reading a book early in the morning instead of being on your phone first thing in the morning. Choose what will make your mind relax rather than being alert.

 

  • Do something silly and pointless every day. Our society is so focused on achievements which immediately brings around the notion of failure or success. Do something which does not involve that. For example, create a beautiful meal then eat it. It’s gone! There’s no point in that but you’ve done something completely for yourself and made yourself smile in the process.

 

  • Do not believe everything you think or feel. This is where the mindfulness comes into play. Mindfulness is training your mind to stay in the moment and relaxation is helping your mind to let go. Mindfulness separates the thinking mind from the reflecting mind. With every thought, step out and think ‘is this true? Do I have to believe my anxiety or my fear?’ Similarly, to the body, every time you feel hunger, it does not necessarily mean you’re hungry, or you have to eat. Talk to your mind and develop a relationship with your mind like we do with the body.

Try to practice at least one of these tips a day and feel the difference. Until the next post, stay safe and take care.

– A2i Dyslexia

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