The coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak upsets everyday life around the world, forcing us indoors, we’re seeing social distancing, working from home, and online-schooling.
These are certainly interesting times we’re living in. We have choices about how we respond. We can be practical without panic and even find the blessings amid the chaos.
It is a unique time to see as an excellent opportunity to cultivate an inner sense of calm that remains unshaken by external events.
Here are my recommendations:
Look for silver linings.
While the current state of affairs is full of uncertainty, there are many silver linings. After all, we’re typically so accustomed to nonstop doing, many of us may find ourselves with more time for simply being. Now that you’re out and about less, are you spending more quality time with family and loved ones? Eating healthier at home? Reading books or getting a bit more sleep, for that matter? Think of this time as a personal retreat to dive into a routine that nourishes you most.
When the stress of the situation catches you in its grip, adapt the gratitude mentality is a helpful way to reduce the fight, flight. Take a break from worrying for a few minutes to reflect on what you’re grateful for. Times like these help us see what and who we truly cherish. Complete this sentence: “The pandemic experience makes me grateful for:______________.”
Focus on your breath.
Any method that helps you relax, shift your thoughts, and even connect with a higher power is absolutely invaluable in these times. A quick and simple mindfulness meditation that focuses on your breath can really do wonders. Feel free to do this exercise as often as you like, and just noticing your breath.
Support your mental immunity.
Be aware of your emotions during this time. You may be worried about your safety or the safety of your loved ones. Fear activates the sympathetic nervous system and sends stress signals throughout the body, which can weaken your immune system. Instead of letting fear take over, this is the perfect time to double down on mental and physical well-being through self-care. They will support your immunity and resilience.
Physical distance and social connection.
While we maintain physical distance from all but our nearest and dearest, it’s critically important that we continue to stay connected to each other. Call, text, message, and video chat your loved ones. Join online groups. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation! Let’s help each other get through this time with happiness and kindness.