Penciling in time to prioritize yourself is extremely important during stressful and uncertain times. From setting and committing to a routine to practicing mindfulness, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 easy ways to practice self-care!

1. Keep a Routine: Don’t give in to the urge to sleep all day and stay up late! Waking up and going to bed at the same time every day helps to create a sense of normalcy. Having an intentional structure provides balance and keeps you on a schedule. Wake up at a similar time every day, hop in the shower, have a healthy breakfast, and throw on an outfit. Even if you are working from home, it is important to get dressed! Consider some comfortable loungewear that can be thrown on after the pjs come off!

2. Practice Mindfulness: Sit quietly in place and focus on your breathing. Try to place yourself in the present moment and let out a deep breath. A quick google search can provide other ways to practice mindfulness as well as apps like Calm that focus on mindfulness and meditation.

3. Get Out a Yoga Mat: There are several free or low-cost options for practicing yoga at home. From working on your breathing, to stretching and finding a sense of calm, yoga is a great tool!

4. Stay Connected: Remember that your loved ones are only a phone call or Zoom call away! Arrange for a family meetup on Zoom or schedule a call with a friend to catch up. It is important to communicate with those you love.

5. Prioritize Proper Nutrition: Eating foods that are immune boosting may also help you feel stronger. Consider adding foods like citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, green tea, spinach, yogurt, almonds, papaya, kiwi, poultry, sunflower seeds and shellfish to your list. Did you know that you can find 224% of your recommended amount of vitamin C in one papaya? They are also known to have a digestive enzyme called papain that produces an anti-inflammatory effect. These vitamin and nutrient dense foods contain powerful immunity boosting properties that can help keep you feeling strong and healthy.