5 Simple Tools to Help You Rebalance and Recharge
Updated: Sep 25, 2020
It’s an important time for all of us to focus on our holistic wellness. When our usual ways of feeling connected and inspired are challenged, it’s time to build a new toolkit.
But we also know it can feel overwhelming to navigate the masses of self-care ideas out there. Our inboxes are full of ideas for at-home self-empowerment. We know that it sometimes feels like a clear mind, a healthy body, and a balanced mental state is an unachievable trinity. But holistic wellness begins with little steps, habits, and routines that slowly enhance our quality of life. That’s why we’ve put together some great ideas to help you regroup and feel great again!
Here are 5 ways you can let go and grow, even in uncertain times
1. Join an online group discussion
We all benefit when we learn from each other – feeling stuck? Why not take a class led by a wellness coach – here’s your chance to learn, connect, and find peace in uncertainty. We’re holding online reflection and discussion sessions with Victoria, Wellness Coach, to stretch our bodies, open our minds, and calm our hearts together. These sessions are a collaborative offering of Blooming Caravan, Boomerang, Garden Jane and Recreo.
What can you expect in these one-hour sessions? Each discussion operates as a check-in; you’ll be guided in a reflective activity, led in a mindful movement, and can participate in a few moments of human connection. Unsure of how to set up a video group call? Don’t worry. Once you sign up for one of our sessions, we’ll send you detailed instructions and a contact number in case you need help getting set up. If you don’t know where to start with self-care, these sessions are a brilliant way to decompress with the guidance of a holistic wellness guide.
2. Understand that holistic wellness is personal
Keep in mind that what works for you won’t necessarily be the best for someone else. I had a friend who loved watching silly reality shows and felt guilty about it like it was a waste of time – until her therapist told her it was a great idea for her and encouraged her to enjoy the shows she loves! As someone who tends to be overly serious, these shows were the one time in her day when she’d laugh and just be still for 30 minutes. “When else do you stop thinking for a moment?” her therapist asked her. And it was true. For me, that same show might be a distraction that I don’t benefit from. What might not be a useful self-care mechanism for someone else could be just what you need to feel balanced. Take notes on how certain activities make you feel. For example: do you feel good and connected to others after spending time on Facebook? Or are you using social media to distract yourself from feelings of uneasiness? If so, perhaps it’s important to limit screen time or to schedule more meaningful social interactions for yourself. Victoria, who also leads our wellness discussions, wrote an insightful article about her journey with self-awareness.
3. Reconnect with the natural world
Discover how our relationship with nature can nourish and calm our bodies and minds. Blooming Caravan has some brilliant thoughts on nature and creativity on the Blooming Caravan website. And you can go deeper into some of these principles by checking out what’s posted on Garden Jane’s Website, including some thoughts on permaculture philosophy. There are a host of podcasts and blogs out there to explore on these topics, with more coming soon to the Boomerang Blog. One great place to start is with Seeds of Tao, a podcast hosted by Joshua Prieto. As you explore more, you’ll soon discover that the principles of connection with nature extend beyond just taking a walk in the forest. These ideas can become a guide to your everyday life, even when you’re at home.
4. Build a self-care schedule for yourself
Want to feel a sense of peace and control in your everyday life? Take time at the beginning of each week to write out a list of things you’ll commit to doing every day for your mental and physical health. Need ideas? Mine includes healthy food and sleep patterns, 20 minutes of deep stretching and meditation, a one-hour walk, and at least 30 minutes of leisure reading. If you previously had things you did to feel great, don’t forget to incorporate them into your new schedule. Perhaps you used to go to a yoga class; you can sign up for one online or find an activity like a long walk or stretch to replicate what yoga offers you. Do you miss your weekly happy hour with the girls? Schedule one virtually. Do you miss going to art galleries? Explore your own creativity by signing up for Boomerang online workshops and experiences. Pause several times a day to ask “what are my needs?” and shift your game plan accordingly. Your strategy will grow as you do, too.
5. Give back to the community
Happiness researchers have found evidence that giving to others makes us happy. I recently heard Yale Professor and Happiness Researcher Laurie Santos tell podcast listeners about an experiment in which a researcher gave people a pile of money. Some people were told to spend it all on a stranger, and others were told to spend it all on themselves. Everyone found more joy in giving the money away, even those who were certain they’d feel more satisfied after spending the money on themselves. Once you have taken care of yourself, you may find meaning in sharing gifts, skills, or knowledge with others. What helps you feel centred? We’d love to know your favourite ways to find stillness in crazy times. If you have a wellness-based skill you want to share, consider applying to run a Boomerang Workshop.
Join our next ‘Together in Uncertain Times’ discussion with Victoria, Garden Jane, and Emma of Blooming Caravan. We meet every Tuesday at 1pm to hear from our facilitators and discuss how various wellness approaches can help us journey through this complicated time. The topics we cover include:
Self Care - Breath, Body, Brain (with Victoria of Recreo)
Earth Care & Nature Connection (with Emma of Blooming Caravan)
Permaculture (with Garden Jane)
The structure of the discussion is very interactive, and we invite you to bring your thoughts, ideas and questions into this welcoming space.
To give you a little taste of what these sessions are like, here's Victoria demonstrating and ear massage for attendees. This is a simple 30-second exercise you can use to alleviate a little stress throughout your day.
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