I always like to check out the #selfcaresunday posts on WRAP’s Facebook page. The article “40 Amazing Self-Care Tips You’ve Never Tried” had some things that were new to me. There were some that might be difficult to do with various restrictions in place due to the pandemic, but I’ll keep them in mind for the future. I’d like to focus on some to see how they impact my feelings of wellness.
As I looked at the list, I was reminded that an idea that’s high on my list may not even make it into someone else’s top 100. Whether any of the entries are new or sound interesting to you, we each have things we consider to be self-care or even stronger—our wellness tools. I’m sure many of us do things that we wouldn’t even call “self-care,” though they truly are.
After nearly a year of COVID-19 limitations, some of us may be eager to try new things outside of our comfort zone. Maybe you’ve downloaded a free copy of our Wellness Guide to Overcoming Isolation During COVID-19: Being Connected, Staying Connected, and Choosing Connection and are ready to add new connection wellness tools to your WRAP. Or maybe you are just ready to embrace something new to enhance your self-care.
After so many months of isolation and restrictions, to me the days seem to blend together. Many of us are working from home, doing homeschooling, or have made other changes to our typical routines and spend most of our time at home. I know I’ve heard—and made—many references to the movie “Groundhog Day” over the past year. It’s that feeling that each day is exactly the same. For those of us who like new experiences, attending events, embarking on spontaneous adventures, or even just taking an outing to a new restaurant or store, a year of Groundhog Days can be very draining.
This year I think we might want to extend Self-Care Sunday to other days of the week! Or maybe even go bigger and create Self-Care 2021. What are you doing for self-care to combat the Groundhog Day feeling? We’d love to hear your ideas. Please post some on the WRAP Facebook page!
Mary Jaffe is WRAP Business Manager at Advocates for Human Potential. She joined the AHP family in October 2017. She has been working in publishing and nonprofit publishing for over 30 years. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, comments, and ideas!