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April 14, 2021
During stressful times it can be tempting to occupy yourself with endless distractions, killing time until the day is over, and then waking the next morning to start all over again. If you’re at home these days, putting activities on a to-do list - especially self-care - will help you develop a sense of normalcy, giving your day the structure you were used to having. Experts say a to-do list helps you control your time, as well as keep distractions at bay.
Here are some recommendations for your daily to-do list:
Morning aahh! First thing in the morning, take a few minutes for a stretch –a giant yawn, some yoga postures, or maybe just a few twists in the comfort of your bed. Breathe deeply during this brief session, and your body will be more eager to get going for the day ahead.
Beauty Time. Even if you’re not going anywhere today, take a few extra minutes to touch up where you can. Pat on an eye crème to refresh after sleep, style your hair like you have an appointment, and find some special accessory like a necklace or a scarf to add some flair.
What to do? Make a list of the things you need and want to accomplish in the day. Work projects, online food ordering, connect with family members living at a distance, writing a card for the next holiday, birthday or anniversary. Write it down–make it a manageable list, so you’re not disappointed if you don’t get to everything–and check off the tasks as you finish them.
Happy Time. Be sure to include things that make you happy. This could be spending time on a creative project, taking the time to make a nice meal, or going for a walk with your dog. Your to-do list should always have some things that bring you joy.
Appreciation Time. Even if it’s just a short list of 3 things you are grateful for, write them down. Take a few minutes to consider what you appreciate in your world, it may be a person, or something you saw in nature today, or a reflection on some positive idea you had or heard about.
Bath Time. The benefits of a warm bath are undeniable. The science says it increases your serotonin (feel good hormone) levels, blood and oxygen flow, and helps calm your nervous system, relieving stress and anxiety. That sounds perfect!
Relaxation. Down time and relaxation are not created equal. Real relaxation means spending some deliberate slowing down and recharging. Deep breathing, meditation, journaling the day’s thoughts, and a slow mindful cup of tea are some great ways to do just that. True relaxation improves mood and quality of sleep and lowers blood pressure and chronic pain. All good things.
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