Start a Self-Care Routine You'll Follow in 2021
I think we can all agree that 2020 was a year filled with stress and uncertainty. Between job loss, illness, fear, and isolation, people’s mental health has taken a toll and many have fallen into poor self-care habits. The beginning of 2021 can offer you a fresh start to a new year that you can shape to be better than the last. This year, focus on developing a self-care routine that will benefit you in every aspect of your life, so you can feel better about yourself from here on out!
Make Up for Missed Doctor's Visits
Over the past year, your typical in-office doctors’ visits have likely been canceled due to office closings or reduced patient capacity limits. This also likely means you haven’t rescheduled said doctors’ visits because COVID-19 is still in effect.
If you haven’t seen your primary care physician in the past 6-8 months, it's a good time to schedule an appointment for a routine check-up! You can do this in-person or online, as most healthcare offices now have telemedicine appointments available if you are still not inclined to go into the office for the time being. Regular medical check-ups can detect health issues before they become a more serious problem and the more often you see your doctor the more familiar they will be with your health status and know what to look for. Until then, use our Calm-A-Mama Immune Drops to strengthen your immune system in an attempt to prevent seasonal illness and COVID-19 infection!
The eye doctor is often the most overlooked, but also one of the most important. Your eye health can change very rapidly for many reasons, and you are at greater risk of developing eye conditions as you progress through different stages of life. It’s recommended that you receive a comprehensive eye exam once a year if you don’t have any underlying issues or more frequently if you do. If you missed your last eye exam, schedule it today to make sure your eyes are still healthy and strong. Over the past year, you may have grown out of your current eyeglasses prescription, which can cause headaches, disorientation, and blurriness. Start the year off with an updated pair of eyeglasses with the correct prescription and maybe even fun, new frames for a little something different. Prioritizing your eye appointment can help determine if you have developed any underlying eye conditions that could harm your vision later in life while helping you see better in the present!
Care for Your Mental Health
With all of the stress that 2020 has caused, mental health has been a main topic of discussion for months—and for good reason. It’s easy to lose perspective and give in to loneliness, anxiety, stress, and depression during such tragic and uncertain times. Let the start of 2021 and the spring season on the horizon motivate you to take better care of your mental health in 2021 and strive for a more positive outlook.
There are many things that can help support better mental health, specifically meditation. Meditation allows you to clear your mind and relax your body for a few minutes a day. During this time you focus on breathing and the sounds around you to let go of everyday stressors and tension that may be weighing you down. Prior to practicing your daily meditation use our Calm-A-Mama Calm Drops, which contain natural organic ingredients to help you relax even more easily.
Relaxation is undoubtedly an important aspect of a self-care routine because constant stress and anxiety can make it difficult for you to focus, feel energetic, and sleep soundly. Poor sleep schedules make people irritable, lethargic, and can even add to anxiety, stress, or depression. Practicing meditation will allow you to reduce stress and feel more relaxed, which in return will help you sleep better and benefit your overall mental health, also you can add to this routine our Organic Sleep Drops.
Whether fitness is on your new year's resolution list or not, staying active helps your body release endorphins, which trigger positive feelings. Regular exercise has been proven to improve your mood and decrease more common feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress as a result of the pandemic. Exercise can alter the part of the brain that regulates stress and anxiety and increase brain sensitivity for the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which relieve feelings of depression.
The bright side of exercising to feel happier rather than to lose weight is that you can have fun with it—you don’t have to run miles of cardio or count your calories. Your goal for working out to improve your mental health is just to get your heart rate up and release those much-needed endorphins, which you can achieve by simply dancing, swimming, or going on regular long walks.
Practicing self-care can be difficult during these times but using the start to the new year to motivate yourself to make a change will benefit you as you move through 2021. Use your resources to support your self-care routine and choose tangible tasks that are right for you.