Last year, in May, I wrote this post for Cappuccino Magazine. I shared it on here too, and I’ve decided to reshare it because the pandemic is still going and it’s important we look after ourselves. If you’re interested in reading the original post, click here.
I think it’s fair to say 2020 changed the world. So many things happened, and so many things are still happening now. And we’re all coping differently. Self-care has never been so important.
With that in mind, let’s get into the 10 ways to connect with yourself.
10 simple (but important) ways to connect with yourself
Meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety. It enhances your self-awareness and promotes emotional health. And it can help you sleep better and improve your attention span.
You can self guide your meditation or use apps and YouTube videos to be talked through the process.
Who knows, taking five to 10 minutes out of your day to meditate could change your life (for the better).
Like meditation, yoga can reduce stress and anxiety, and more. It improves the quality of life and increases flexibility, balance, and strength. It can improve your sleep and breathing, and it may even help with depression. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of yoga, I have a post here.
There are also different types of yoga. Head over to YouTube, find some apps, or if you can take a class. Figure out what works for you, and be patient with yourself.
Write your worries away. Journalling is something I’m trying to get into. It will help you get to know yourself, and it can clarify your thoughts and feelings. It can also help reduce stress and solve problems more efficiently.
The best thing about journalling is you can write anything. If you’re not sure where to get started I have a blog post with 50 journal prompts here.
While it’s important to look after your mental health during lockdown; it’s also just as important to look after your physical health. Go for a walk or run, dance, workout. Exercise varies. Find something you enjoy! Keep in mind there are different regulations and restrictions in place when it comes to leaving your home, depending on where you are right now.
Exercise can improve your mood and sleep. It can help combat health conditions, boosts your energy and improves your confidence. Exercise can do a lot. Just make sure you’re safe.
5. Try something new
If you’re spending more time at home, try something new. Experiment: try a new hobby, wake up earlier, cook something new, paint, write, do a puzzle, knit, crochet, garden, start a blog… You might find something you love.
6. Soak up some Vitamin D
If the weather permits it, spend time outside. It can improve your mood and reduce stress. It may help fight depression and anxiety and helps reduce fatigue. And it improves your ability to focus as well as possibly lowering your blood pressure.
7. Spend time alone
Spending time alone may not sound fun, but spending time alone can help you gain a better understanding of who you are. It can make you more innovative and empathetic. It also cultivates better relationships with others and yourself. And it improves concentration and productivity.
8. Listen to yourself
Take the time to listen to your body and see how you’re feeling. It helps you connect with yourself. Listening to yourself helps you gain more self-trust, increases your autonomy, gives you stronger intuition, sharpens your emotional intelligence, and it can provide more pleasure.
9. Do the things you love
If you don’t want to try new things, then focus on doing what you love. You’ll feel happier, your motivation will increase, your confidence will grow, your health may improve, you’ll enjoy life more, and you’ll have more energy.
10. Talk to someone
If you’re struggling to control your negative thoughts and emotions, talking to a professional may help. There are online chats available, video calls, and phone calls. There is nothing wrong with seeking help from a professional.
So, there you have it! 10 ways to connect with yourself. Is there something on this list you’re hoping to do?