In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to let self-care rituals slip through the cracks. Over the last two years, as a community and on a global scale, we’ve weathered so much. Self-preservation before the cold, dark months of the year set in is just as important as preserving our excess food. Tend to your body and mind with these practices.
Preserving Ourselves in Times of Change
Movement of any kind, whether it’s a gentle walk or a high-intensity workout, has a wealth of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Our minds and bodies are intimately connected, and movement releases endorphins that help us combat stress, helps emotions move through our bodies, and forges a stronger mind-body connection.
Mindfulness allows us to be fully present and aware in the moment. This does not only apply to awareness in our environment, but awareness in our bodies and minds, too. Mindfulness allows for greater appreciation, and is theorized to help us be more kind, accepting, and compassionate people.
Seeking connection helps us engage with ourselves, our communities, and nature. Solo time spent on a hike or with friends, catching up over coffee, or visiting elders can be beneficial for all parties. Connecting with community through food is another nourishing option, and this past fall marked the return of Seward Co-op classes. The Indigenous Food Class Series is a way to collaboratively explore the nutritional and cultural significance of local and traditional foods with Native leaders.