How to Effectively Use Self-Care As a Coping Tool

~by Jennifer Scott

Right now, feeling your best can be something of a challenge. When the world around you is steeped in chaos, it can feel impossible to find inner peace. Lotus Counselling and Wellness Center’s mission is to help people become their best in mind, body, and soul. In challenging times, we have to work harder and dig deeper in order to find our center. Above all, we must treat ourselves and the world around us with kindness. Here are some ways to get started:

Dress for Happiness

We’ve all heard the adage, “Dress for the job you want.” In the same spirit, we can dress for the life we want. It can seem like a small thing to do, but when it gets right down to it, the way we present ourselves to the world matters. Not only does it affect how other people see you, Stylist notes it impacts the way you see yourself. When you’re dressed in clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident, you’ll live easier in your own skin.

There’s no one right style - you can be just as happy rocking jeans and combat boots as you can in a sundress and sandals. The important thing is to make sure you feel good, both emotionally and physically. Comfortable clothing, such as an underwire-free bra or a cozy cardigan, help you navigate the day without pain or discomfort. You can also take this opportunity to try out looks you might have felt too nervous to wear before. Test-driving a look around the house can help you figure out if you really like it without the pressure of going out.

Eat and Move Joyfully

High-stress environments don’t usually lead to healthy habits. Diet and exercise are two aspects of health that are particularly likely to go off track one way or another. It’s easy to wind up turning to high-sugar snacks for a quick dopamine burst, or to skip your daily cardio (again). And of course, the opposite can be true: Many of us deal with stress by eating too little or exercising in a way that isn’t really good for our bodies.