Working from home can be exhausting. It can be so hard to separate the boundaries between professional and personal life.
This is especially true for those who work independently, as a freelancer, entrepreneur, or a side hustler.
That’s why we’ve put together the first Wellness From Home Day. We know schedules can get messy and things pop up, so instead of pre-planned events, we’ve gathered tips and tricks from some of our favorite wellness luminaries and female founders on how they practice self care at home.
Self-care is a daily thing that I invest in because I deserve it. I know I need to take care of myself or I won’t be any good for myself or my business or my loved ones. I believe in creating rituals that bring you back to a place of gratitude and thankfulness. From daily hot showers to meditation first thing in the morning to working out to eating clean, self-care is a 24/7 practice.
Self-care at home for me — tending to my houseplants, of course. Checking in on my houseplants means checking out of the Internet, my iPhone, and other distractions. It means focusing my attention and tuning in to the nurturing side of myself. Watering, pruning, dusting, rotating – it is a methodical practice. Soon you realize that maybe you’re thirsty, too. If you’re not taking good care of your plants, you’re probably not taking good care of yourself. So do both!
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I call it my ‘posts-with-purpose.’ When the pandemic happened and the world got really crazy, I started to leave affirmations ‘Are you smiling today?’ or ‘What are you doing to be in alignment?’
Finding time with an escapist book has been my, well, escape during quarantine. I always enjoy a mystery or thrilling page-turner and have found myself diving into new books even more so these days. My family has been quarantining with a full, multigenerational house so it can be hard to get alone time that feels restorative. Getting down time with a book, even if it’s only for a few pages at a time, immediately transports me and so it has been my ultimate self-care. I like to get a couple minutes of reading in after I put my toddler to bed and then when I put myself to bed!
As an entrepreneur myself, I use CDB throughout the day, and what it does for me, when I’m consistent, is it really helps get rid of the clutter on my mind so I can focus on the task at hand. It helps me get through that to-do list, cross things off, execute, and feel confident in what I’m doing.
My favorite at-home self-care practice is hands down Gua Sha. It is a traditional Chinese medicine modality, and it is considered the Eastern Botox. It’s really soothing and therapeutic.
Always extend grace to yourself. It is so easy to feel like you are falling short. I try to be gentle with myself when I feel I am not performing my best.
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Staying active is one of my favorite self-care practices. During quarantine, this has been especially important for me. Exercise helps me stay strong in my body, grounded in my spirit and peaceful in my mind. These last few months, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to get creative with my workout routine. Sometimes I’ll go for a run, other days I will do a HITT class online and occasionally I will do something low impact like walking in nature. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how I stay active as long as I make space to honor my body with movement.”
Take breaks. That could mean anything from playing with your pet, or stretching, or making something calming to drink, so that your mind and body can rest and recharge.
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Remember to keep filling up your own cup in order to give your energy and talents to anyone else in the best possible way. Write down the things that energize you, that heal you, and that put you back in touch with your inner core self, so that you can be reminded when you’re feeling low on energy or self-motivation. When you are feeling that you’re at 80% — try pushing yourself at only 80%! We sometimes get ourselves in trouble when we’re feeling at 80% yet keep pushing ourselves at 100% without recuperating. It’s very okay not to feel at your best sometimes and to continually adjust the best ways to take care of yourself. Self awareness and continuing to be in progress will therefore help you show up in the best way for the things that are important in your life.
What I find really relaxing, is being in my bedroom, alone, under the covers, and I’ve got a really great TV show on. I just escape to a new world. A really good TV show allows me to transport out of whatever is going on and engage in somebody else’s creativity, and I love it.
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I use a flat rose quartz Gua Sha tool on my neck, shoulders, face, and a rose quartz roller for my temple if I have a headache.
Some ways that I practice self care from home is:
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My favorite form of self-care is a walking meditation, it’s easy, you can do it anywhere. The way I do it is I go outside, I don’t bring my phone, and I give myself at least 10 minutes a day where I’m listening. to the sounds around me and watching my feet move and feeling thankful for what my body can do.
Make some space for silence in your everyday, even just a couple of minutes where you’re not listening to a podcast, you’re not multitasking, there’s no music or T.V. in the background. We are so often moving from meeting to meeting, Zoom call to Zoom call, that we don’t have time to sit and think about how we’re actually doing.
Set expectations aside. You might only be operating at 50% right now, your colleagues might only be operating at 50% right now, and all of that is okay. Be kind to yourself and recognize that these are unusual times that require modified expectations. Or, more specifically: Check in with your body every day. Whether that means a full-on workout or just five minutes of stretching, that daily check-in with my body keeps me present and reminds me to be thankful to be fully alive.
My one self-care tip is to disconnect. It’s especially important with everything going on, to not always be ‘on.’ For many of us, social media can just be a mindless scroll, but right now it’s a lot more confrontational and a lot more active. So I think it’s important to take the time to find that peace for yourself. I have recently gotten really into Sudoku or coloring, just a place where I can flow and be peaceful and not have to worry about all these obligations.
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Recently I’ve been unwinding at the end of each night with no phone distractions (social media, emails), and it has been amazing! I start off with 10 minutes of guided meditation, followed by my 10 minutes skincare routine. When I have more time, I’ll give myself a nice relaxing facial massage with a Gua Sha. I end the night with an hour of reading in bed. Lately I’ve been enjoying these books: Little Fires Everywhere, Bad Blood, and How to be Antiracist.
I think it’s super important to speak to the higher power that you believe in, when you are happy, when you are sad, when you are manifesting, when you are just hoping and wishing. Taking care of yourself is really vital to your survival, your happiness, and to your energy.
My wellness tip would be a 30 min sweat sesh – so whether that’s light jog a virtual pilates class, whatever it is to get you outside of your mind and to get those endorphins going, that’s all you need!
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When spending more time at home, it’s important to establish routines and pick up some new (good) habits. Here’s some tips that’s helped me stay productive, sane, and thriving at home and beyond.
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