Self-Care Tips and Practices

Self-care, including active learning and education, is more important than ever. We would also like to take this opportunity to remember to be kind to others and be kind to yourselves. As long as we are educating ourselves, committed to supporting change, and listening, we are moving in the right direction. We’ve put together a list of ways we can care for ourselves and others during this time:


Cooking:

Take care of yourself by making sure you’re getting the right nutrition to feed your body and mind. There are certain meals that provide a level of comfort that little else can. Perhaps it’s something a parent of grandparent used to make for you, or just your favorite go-to meal to cook. Choose a night this week to cook, and share the recipe with family and friends so you can cook together, even if you’re apart.


Writing:

Spend a few minutes every day in a quiet place with a notepad and a pen. Begin by writing down three words that describe how you’re feeling, and make note of what has led you to feel that way. This is a great way to track your mental and emotional state day-by-day and keep record of how you’re coping.


Meditating:

There are a few practices that promote self-care more than meditation. Not only can it reduce symptoms of anxiety, but meditation has a host of other physical, mental, and emotional benefits. For 10 minutes each day, find a quiet space in your home or outside to sit or lie down, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Try developing a mantra that has to do with what you’re grateful for – “I appreciate this time” or “I feel good today.”

Ollie Social hosts frequent meditation sessions both online and in-person to help members reflect and recharge. Check out the calendar here.


Joining:

Sometimes, practicing self care means joining a cause you believe in.

Recently across the US, peaceful and organized protests have been taking place in nearly every major city. We encourage you to join your friends, family members, colleagues, and neighbors in the fight for equality and against racism. In the wake of COVID-19, please remember to protect yourself and fellow protesters by wearing a face mask at all times when in public, washing your hands frequently, and staying home if you’re feeling sick.