It’s time to check in with yourself with these 7 recovery tips.
Joanne Michelle – Wellness & Divorce Coach
Going through a divorce can be a challenging time emotionally and even confusing… and as we are now in an unsettling time with COVID-19, and school holidays and Easter upon us lots of emotions will be coming up no doubt. So with that it is so important to check in with yourself and to ensure you are taking the best care of you!
It’s important to take care of yourself first and to be aware of how you are feeling, therefore keeping yourself accountable and on track will lead you in the right direction during this uncertain time.
Below are 7 tips to help you check in and ensure you are taking care of you:
- Journal. Journal daily if you can, it can help you track your progress, see how you are feeling day to day and what is happening. You may start to see a pattern whether it is a positive or negative, and with journaling you also have a great way to release what you feel. There is nothing worse than holding in what you feel, writing it down on paper is a wonderful release.
- Choose to be physically active. Ensuring you are looking after yourself mentally is important, however, also being active is important and by keeping fit you allow to tap into your mental state at the same time. It doesn’t have to be full on gym sessions 7 days a week, but a brisk walk, yoga, jog, or light weights will have you moving and feeling great. Being active gives you wonderful mental health and at the same time keeps your energy levels high.
- Focus on moving forward rather than getting caught up in the past or being distracted with the COVID-19 news. The more you sit and wonder and question “what if”, or trying to over analyse the why, will only prolong your healing to move forward. Give this time a chance to look at what you have now and focus on the present to make an incredible future.
- Find ways to include meditation in your everyday life. I am a big believer meditation is a gift from within and with meditation in your everyday life, you will become more grounded, you will find yourself being a better person, a calmer person. If you cannot sit quietly and meditate with the focus of your breath, try an app. There are some great apps out there, 1 Giant Mind or buddhify. If you find guided meditations also a challenge, think of different ways to meditate such as gardening or riding a bicycle.
- Focus on self-love – being kind to yourself gives you respect to yourself. Self-love can be taking care of your appearance, maybe have a bath and taking the time to just be. It maybe painting your nails, making your bedroom a sacred area for peace and love.
- Have a healthy diet. Be mindful of what you put in your body, it can have major impact in your life, anything from having you feel and look youthful and full of energy, to being overweight, angry with no energy. Each time you prepare yourself a meal do it with love and take notice what you are putting in your body. Ask yourself will this food nourish me? And how do you feel after you eat. Are you eating to make yourself feel good, or because you are hungry?
- Use affirmations. Affirmations can be a wonderful way to look at your life in a positive way. Try incorporating them daily by saying simple phrases such as “I am loved”. Find words, phrases that give you love and positive feedback, words that will lift you. Stick them up around your home, save them on your phone, have them at work, wherever you will see them, and repeat them often to yourself. See the shift within yourself.
Don’t be afraid to feel your emotions and check in with yourself often. Take time out, switch off social media and choose to be grateful for all the wonderful things surrounding you.
Joanne is founder of Joanne Michelle, Canberra’s first one on one break-up recovery coaching program for women; offering health and wellness advice and practical techniques to help provide much needed support to women after their relationship break-up or divorce. Joanne is a certified Health Coach and Divorcee who has a mission to support and EMPOWER women to rediscover their identity after their relationship break-up or divorce. Joanne is a single mother of two teenagers, meditates daily and lives a healthy lifestyle. For a free discovery call with Joanne, visit joannemichelle.com.au or call 0421 027 087 and start living the life you desire.