In recovery, there is a saying that you need to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing many added stressors including: extra care-taking responsibilities of children, an elderly parent, or a sick partner, along with financial concerns, social upheaval, and sometimes overwhelming fears of the unknown. Self-care is about allowing yourself the gift of mindfully tending to your own needs. It is an essential practice to maintain well-being, but it is frequently forgotten when we need it the most.
Under stress, we often think there is not enough time in the day to practice self-care. However, the beauty of self-care is that you can become the expert of your own practice. It is up to you how and when you practice self-care, and each day may be different. It can be discovered in different forms to benefit your body, mind, and spirit. Getting adequate sleep, going for a 10 minute walk, or eating a nutritious meal are forms of self-care for the body. Taking a 20 minute break from technology, meditating, or reading an inspiring book may benefit the mind. Lastly, journaling, enjoying nature, or calling a friend may help the sprit. Self-care is different for everybody, and can be discovered or perhaps re-discovered with guidance and support.
The Inner Stage is delighted to offer our first virtual workshop through Zoom: Self-Care in Trying Times. Together as a community, we will explore how to incorporate self-care into our lives, and what gets in the way of practicing self-care. Although we will be meeting remotely, we will be working experientially with psychodrama in this new format.
In addition, The Inner Stage is continuing to offer virtual individual and group therapy. Please contact Valerie at or (917) 572-8114 or Rebecca at or (646) 470-0638 to schedule a virtual session by Zoom or telephone.
Take good care!
© 2020 Valerie Simon, LCSW, TEP