“Through the course of this pandemic, I’ve been through many different phases of [a wellness routine], Saad said during a recent episode of Glowing Live With Latham on Well+Good’s IGTV. “I don’t have this, like very regimented, ‘I must do this, I must do that,’ [mindset] because I’m also home with my kids, who are 10 and 6.”
“Through the course of this pandemic, I’ve been through many different phases of [a wellness routine]. I don’t have this, like very regimented, ‘I must do this, I must do that.'” —Layla Saad, author of Me and White Supremacy
For instance, back in March, Saad was all about practicing yoga and meditation. “I really needed it. I go through phases of practicing yoga [and] meditation, where sometimes I do it for a while and then I don’t,” she said. “And right at the beginning [of the pandemic], I was like, ‘I need to build myself an anchor every single morning so I can get through the day and not lose my mind.'”
Come August, though, Saad felt better served by a different mindfulness practice and wellness routine. “My kids and I signed up for guitar lessons,” she said. “I just find it very relaxing, practicing the chords that our teacher is teaching us once a week in our socially distanced lesson. And so I find myself sometimes, at the beginning of the day, before I sit down to work, or when I’ve had a long day of writing, and I just need to switch off, I’ll just sit…and I will just play this guitar for like 20, 30 minutes. And I find that sort of the repetitive task of going over the chords that I’m practicing takes me out of where my brain is and brings me into a different state.”
Finding small practices—whether it’s yoga, guitar, or masking (Saad also shared that she finds a skin-care routine to be a nourishing component of her evolving wellness routine)—that work with her schedule and being open to letting them change helps her stick with a wellness routine that feeds her self-care needs. …Even if the specifics of the routine don’t always look the same.
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