Self-Care Rescue Mission: 10 Easy Practices to Enhance Overall Wellness
Here’s your moment to check in with yourself. How are you really doing?
During this challenging time, we have all rediscovered what really matters, with wellness and connection coming into focus. Here are a few empowering ways to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well and connected during this time. Take what you need:
Create Structure & Sustainable Rituals That Work for You
In a time of change, it’s important to re-establish structure. Get out of bed, make your bed. If you’re working from home, wake up early enough to give yourself time to make breakfast and enjoy tea or coffee (with your daily spoonful of Manuka Honey) before you hit the screens. Try to create boundaries between work and personal time - meaning, try not to work from bed, and put your laptop away when you’re enjoying breakfast or lunch.
We recommend making a schedule of things to look forward to, be it working out, cooking a delicious meal, connecting with friends on a video call, or mindfully taking in your favorite show.
Here are a few daily rituals from us to get you started:
Get a Daily Dose of Nature
Ground yourself in the grass, get some sun rays for a much-needed Vitamin D infusion, or open your windows for fresh air. According to Richard Louv, who coined the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” new studies in ecopsychology all point to one truth, “Nature is not only nice to have, but it’s a have-to-have for physical health and cognitive functioning.”According to Yale Environment 360, “These studies have shown that time in nature — as long as people feel safe — is an antidote for stress: It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.”
If you live in urban areas where getting out in nature is tough, or in cases where parks are closed, you can bring your family on a virtual field trip with our partner, The Nature Conservancy. Designed for grades 5-8 but customizable for all ages, virtual field trips (complete with video, teacher guide, and activities) allow students to travel the world and explore natural environments without leaving home. Click here to experience it.
To take it further, here are 5 Poems to Reconnect with Nature.
Meditate & Breathe Deeply - if only for 5 minutes!
Do you ever find yourself holding your breath when you’re stressed? Keep your eye on it. Deep, steady breathing is essential to reducing anxiety and stress, which we could all use a bit more of right now. As Deepak Chopra says, “Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.” If you don’t feel like you have time for meditation, that’s usually when you need it most. Carve out as few as 5 minutes of your day to focus on your breath and meditate. Not sure where to get started?
Try this mindful eating exercise from Comvita:
Make Room for (Bad) Art
You don’t need to become a master to experience the benefits of using your imagination and finding joy in no-pressure creativity.
Try 5 minutes of free-writing to explore how you’re feeling today, or use online writing prompts as a springboard. It may become the outlet you didn’t know you needed. To explore your visual creativity, draw or paint small shapes and see what they become.
If you’re with your family, make it interactive. Try this challenge: each person has a piece of paper and a pen, with one person keeping time. You have 15 seconds to start a drawing. Pass the drawing to your left, and add to the first drawing for 15 more seconds. Keep that going until it gets back to the original illustrator, or for as many rounds as you like. Then share the collaboration with the group! Or have each person in your group make a drawing or painting and share it in a living room gallery show later that day, with each artist in your family presenting their piece and taking questions from the group.
Move Your Body, Lift Your Mood
Get out those separation jitters and move through the lows by shaking your body up. It’s no secret, endorphins spark a natural high, helping to elevate your mood and reduce stress and anxiety. As Healthline states, “endorphins are involved in our natural reward circuits… They minimize discomfort and pain and maximize pleasure.”
Try stretching as your first order of business in the morning. Burst into 60 seconds of jumping jacks to get your heart rate up. Blast your favorite playlist and dance. Organize a virtual workout with friends. Whatever it is, do what feels good for you. A workout is always easy after you’ve done it.
Put On Your Chef Hat & Get Creative in the Kitchen
Invent new recipes, try ones that have always felt a little intimidating, or build a meal around a single ingredient - like the rare and powerful wonderfood, Manuka Honey. This single ingredient from nature has been beloved for centuries, and recommended by functional medicine doctors, nutritionists, and other wellness experts. As Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Mia Syn says, Manuka Honey is “a great sweetener alternative to refined sugars, with an extra nutritional boost.”
Here are a few functional Manuka Honey recipes to try:
Give Your Body Some Love
The best skincare you've ever experienced doesn't come from a store, it comes from your kitchen. Fresh, raw ingredients offer a next-level glow, and Manuka Honey’s moisturizing properties help leave skin radiant.
Try these for starters:
Reach Out & Reconnect
Like bees, humans are social creatures. Tap into your natural state of connection by calling someone you’ve lost touch with or been meaning to reach out to. Clear yourself of old grudges by reaching out to a sensitive relationship. If the pressure of the phone is too much, try writing an old fashioned letter. This is your sign to say hello. As psychologist Daniel Goleman says, “When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection - or compassionate action.”
If someone you know has been working extra hard to support others lately, reach out and let them know how much their work matters. These little actions of kindness make a big difference right now. With every order you make at Comvita.com right now, we’re also including a gift for you to share with someone in your community. While supplies last, you’ll receive a ‘Thank You’ packet filled with single servings of UMF™ Manuka Honey - pass this packet on (at a safe social distance) to a neighbor, caregiver, mail carrier, mom or essential worker to show your support, help them stay strong, and well.
Keep it Light Before Bed
Just as what we eat affects how we feel, so does the media we consume. Too much bad news right before bed can cause heightened levels of anxiety & restless sleep. Do your best to keep things light in the few hours before bed. Put on soothing music, take a hot shower, limit screens, devote yourself to a nighttime skincare routine. Even putting yourself in ‘legs up the wall’ helps send blood flow to your heart and brain, rebalancing your body before bed, slowing your heart rate and promoting your body’s natural detoxification systems.
Finally, Give Yourself Permission
You’re perfectly entitled to do none of this. Your value is not based on your productivity. Rest is an essential part of your wellness routine, so allow yourself that, too.
We started this company 46 years ago in the spirit of helping others, and it continues to be our honor to support your wellness with natural health products and resources to feel your best. Take extra care of yourselves and your families during this time.