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8 ways to cope with a disruption to your daily routines

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1. Check-in with yourself regularly

Take a moment to do a quick body scan. Close your eyes and notice how you feel from the crown of your head to the tips of your toes. 

Now, what’s going on in your mind? Just notice the thoughts that are coming up. 

Be compassionate with yourself as much as you can. How you feel is just information. 

2. However you feel is totally okay

Be patient and kind to yourself. One moment you might be happy about the change and the next you could feel anxious. 

That’s okay. You can feel however you feel. 

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3. Give yourself time and permission to feel those emotions

When the feelings come, take some time to let them run their course. You might have some extra time on your hands, and it is super worthwhile to take some moments and just feel those feels. 

Take some deep breaths and just ride the wave of those emotions. Remember that feelings are just visitors. 

Enjoy the positive ones while they’re here. Feel the challenging ones and remind yourself they won’t last forever. You’ve got this! 

4. Create new routines

That time you usually spent commuting could now become extra self-care time just for you now that you’re working from home. Establish routines that feel good to you.

Maybe make a list of activities you enjoy and can do from home. Star your favorites or activities you are most excited to try. 

Now is the time to make a plan for when you will do these starred activities. Add them into your daily/weekly routines to add in that extra self-love you absolutely deserve 🙂 

Hang this inspiring list somewhere you will frequently see it. Maybe on the fridge? That way, it can help remind you to follow through on these exciting, new additions to your routines. 

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5. Take breaks

Are you noticing some stress rising? Maybe now is a good time to take a 5-minute stretch break or go for a walk.

Maybe you’d like to try out a quick yoga flow or meditation. We have some awesome, free options available on our Youtube channel

A wiggle break is also an excellent option. Just shake out any worries, stress, anxiety, or stiffness. These breaks are shown to release stress and improve mood. 

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6. Try to get outside at least once a day

Go for a walk. Take some pictures of nature. 

It helps to get a change of scenery. I know we want to keep everyone safe, so keep your distance. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with giving yourself what you need. Walks outside can feel glorious for body, mind, and spirit.

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7. Breathe

Deep breathing soothes the mind and relaxes the body. Whether you want to do this in meditation, yoga, or just some deep belly breaths, deep breathing helps the brain and body to slow down. 

Clear some space in your mind for calmness. Inhale however you’d like to feel. Exhale out any feelings or thoughts that aren’t bringing you comfort or tranquility. Just let those go. Continue with this breathwork as long as it feels meaningful to you. 

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8. Try something new

Is there a hobby you’ve been interested in? A book you want to read? A tasty recipe to try? 

You might have some extra time on your hands, and you absolutely deserve to fill it with something just for you 🙂

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