Right now, I think it's more important than ever to look at what we’re dealing with and to take cautious steps forward. It’s been a weird few days and I want all my friends out there to know that I’m here to support you and create a safe space to explore and grow through this time.
Below are four practices that can keep you grounded during this time and keep you intentional about the way you’re approaching your day.
1. Be incredibly mindful of what you’re thinking about:
Now more than ever, awareness of thoughts is key. When you start to feel a pit in your stomach, take a moment to consider what you’re thinking about and if it’s true, helpful, and serving you. If the answer is no to any of those, then choose a new thought. It can be so easy to forget that our thoughts are creating all the sensations in our body and the reality around us. Choose to focus on the goodness of what you do have. Become a super-seeker of things you can be grateful for. Moment by moment, choose the good.
2. Continue your movement routine:
Even though we’re all stuck inside, you can still move! There are endless at-home workouts on youtube. Yoga, cardio, lifting...there are options my friend! Look up a few videos, put on some music and get moving. And don’t forget, you can still go on walks, runs, or hikes. Passing a neighbor on a jog isn’t going to put you in danger of contracting Coronavirus—take advantage of being able to get outside. An article on MindBodyGreen says “other studies have found that invisible chemicals (called phytoncides) in some trees can reduce stress hormones, lower anxiety, and improve blood pressure and immunity. As you know, being outdoors provides you with the benefits of getting natural sunlight, giving you much needed vitamin D and natural stabilization of melatonin levels, which are offset when you spend a lot of time with the screen.” So get outside and get moving!
3. If you don’t already have one, begin a spiritual practice:
Faith, surrender, hope...these are all strengthened when you have a deep spiritual practice. Whether it’s meditation, prayer, or journaling, it’s important to use this time to root down into your higher power to find stability and strength. With things changing so quickly and uncertainty growing daily, it’s crucial to have that deep knowing that you are being taken care of and are fully loved and safe. Otherwise these times can feel even more shaky.
4. Keep in touch with your community:
We’re so lucky to be experiencing this in the time of technology. You can still stay so close to your friends and family even if you can’t physically be with them. Set up group chats, FaceTime with your whole family, do projects with friends virtually. There are so many ways to stay connected and so many tools. Social distancing might make it a little more challenging, but it also lets you be a little extra creative: mail someone a letter, ship some homemade brownies, do a virtual clothes swap with friends.
This time does not have to be the scariest or most dangerous. Be mindful, take care of yourself, keep the six feet, and be smart. We're going to get through this, guys.