Here are some of Minucci’s self-care tips:
Stick to a daily routine. Having a regular time for waking up and going to bed, working, eating meals, exercising, and other things you do each day helps to create structure in your life.
Get outdoors, if possible. Enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, even if that means just sitting by your window for a little while. Take a walk and experience nature if you can.
Set boundaries. “We need healthy boundaries around negative people, the news, social media and politics,” Minucci says. “Limit yourself to avoid the ‘P&P,’ pandemic and politics. We’re in a time where it’s very polarizing; we want to make people right or wrong, which stirs up fear.”
Set small goals. Even something as simple as washing dishes, tidying up or doing laundry can be a way to stay centered, calm and focused.
Nourish your body. Eat meals that are healthy. “You might try a new recipe, even cook with a family member on Zoom or Skype, or eat meals together this way if you’re apart. Hydration is important, too.”
Stay connected and help others when you can. “We are animals of connection, and we need to reach out to other people,” she says. “It’s important to have compassion. Volunteer if you can or make donations to help those who are out doing hard work. Even calling a friend to check in can be the biggest act of kindness.”
Relax and take breaks. Minucci recommends meditation, but says even taking five deep breaths can be helpful. “Take time away from electronics and replace numbing out with too much food or TV with more positive, uplifting activities. Let some things go, and have faith that things are going to work out.”
Recognize when you or others need support. Notice your feelings and your level of burnout. “We need to lean into habits and beliefs that support us,” Minucci says. “As a coach, mind your scope of practice and share resources for handling depression. What’s good for the coach is good for the client. As coaches, we need to ‘walk our talk,’ and keep self-care at the top of our minds. To be able to help others do that is a wonderful gift.”
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