With news programs streaming 24 hours a day 365 days a year, it is very easy to get bogged down with the rhetoric and images flying at you from your tv or phone. Many people at work may seem on edge or preoccupied and you are finding it harder and harder to concentrate. Most of us have felt all or some of these feelings in the past few weeks and now is not the time to neglect yourself.
It is easier to hole yourself up in your house after work and not see anyone or do anything except try to relax, which let me guess…you haven’t been able to do. Self-care is always important, but it is most important in these times of unrest. You can only be and do so much for your family, your friends, your coworkers, and yourself if you are running on empty.
The only way to fill yourself back up is with intentional self-care. This doesn’t have to be mani -pedis, or a spa retreat. It can be as simple as going on walk, taking a bubble bath, or our personal favorite…receiving a massage.
Receiving a massage not only relaxes your tight shoulders and neck, it can also help your body release oxytocin and reduce levels of cortisol. In other words, it can help you feel relaxed and safe, while bringing down your blood pressure.
Please be good to yourself and, if you see someone you know struggling, a hug and a chat can always help. Let’s take care of ourselves so we can take care of those around us.