Masks have become a part of our lives.They are viewed as protection and an act of self-care.But the mere existence of the mask also reminds us of the tremendous stress and uncertainty with which we have been living. Self-care is now more important than ever. RISE Training can help you look your best but looking good on the outside is only a part of self-care. You also need to mentally take care of yourself.
As parents, we are committed to helping our children and spouses succeed and be happy, but always putting others’ needs first does not really prepare us to be there for them. We can’t be truly loving, empathic or giving toward others if we are not being that way with ourselves first. It’s important to maintain self-care and prioritize our own needs.
One of the best ways to practice self-care is through relationships. Make time for them. Leave the house and go meet with a friend, but when doing so make sure these relationships are healthy ones that leave you feeling replenished rather than depleted. We all know people who drain us.Being around those people when you are trying to refuel defeats the purpose. Make sure you take a good look at your relationships and try to identify the less fulfilling ones and make sure they are not on your call list.
So in this time of masking...take time, time for yourself, and try to surround yourself with those who help you be a better you! If you feel like you need help coping through these difficult times, talk to your friends, family and if necessary seek professional help.
John Reilly is a certified psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker based in Ridgewood, NJ. To learn more about his services visit his website at www.JRCCServices.com