Why a wellness routine is your top priority amid protests and the pandemic — and how to start

Incorporating a wellness routine into your schedule can help you weather the uncertainty of the times we live in. Here, a woman practicing yoga does a head-to-knee forward bend, or Janu Sirsasana pose.

(CNN)As states gradually reopen even as the pandemic wears on, many of us are concerned about our health and well-being. Especially now, with some continuing to stay at home and social distance while others join the throngs at nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, it may even be a priority.

From state to state, the loosening of restrictions vary, and within our local communities, the reality is that not only do people have different ideas on what constitutes social distancing but for many others still, in the face of racial inequality, the desire to create social change far outweighs the potential risk of spreading or catching the virus.
It's all the more reason to make sure we're taking the best care of ourselves to fortify against the disease. But while living a healthy life may be a desired goal, how to achieve it is another story.
    Even if you're someone whose healthful habits were perfected to a tee during pre-pandemic times, you may find yourself struggling to engage in even the most basic self-care in these increasingly unpredictable days.
    That's where a wellness routine can come in handy.
    I'm not talking about a spa escape every so often or even regular massages or chef-prepared meals (though all of that may sound really nice). I'm talking about creating your own personalized routine that will benefit you physically and emotionally, one that simply requires a regular commitment to yourself.
    Creating a wellness routine allows you to shift from diet culture and adopt healthy habits that easily fit into your daily lifestyle. W