Self-care has never been more important than it is right now. As we face these uncertain times, our collective future depends on how we respond to this quickly evolving global pandemic. We are loving beings who have a responsibility do everything we can to stay well, and to avoid overburdening our fragile healthcare system. Those who will need medical care in the coming days and weeks are depending on us to do this for them.
But the changes we're being asked to make feel pretty overwhelming. We're being asked to change our familiar routines. We're being asked to spend more time in solitude. We're being asked to adjust our resources. We're being asked to change every part of our daily lives.
But we're also being given an opportunity to learn how to take better care of ourselves -- and each other. If you're struggling right now, here are some self-care strategies to help you move through these challenging times.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Feel the air come into your lungs as you inhale and allow the air to leave your lungs gently. Give thanks for your precious life. You are alive.
Move your body...on a yoga mat...in your living room...in your backyard. Dust the spider webs off the hand weights you shoved in the corner four years ago. Pull your pajamas off the handles of the exercise bike in the basement. Take your dog for a walk and enjoy the sunshine. Move your body in whatever way that feels good.
Give your body time to recover from all the emotional and physical demands that have been placed on it. Sleep deeply. Nap. Rest your eyes and rest your soul. You're going to need energy for whatever lies ahead.
Your body is naturally designed to protect you, but it needs essential nutrients to do so. It needs water to circulate nutrients and release toxins. It needs a wide array of colorful, phytochemical-rich fruits and vegetables to support a strong immune system. Honor your body with healthy, nourishing foods so it can protect and support you the way it's supposed to.
Unplug. Turn off the news. Put down your phone. Spend time in quiet, even if it means locking yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes now and then. Give yourself the space to return to calm.
Give what you can. Keep paying your gym membership even if you don't go. Keep ordering takeout from your favorite local restaurants. We must keep money flowing so that our communities can weather this storm together. Give to friends in need when you can. Share your resources. Generosity is healing.
Love your family. Love your neighbors. But don't forget to also love yourself. Love begins within, so be gentle with yourself. You're doing the best you can. Allow all the messy feelings and emotions to move through you, so you can let go of them. That's the only way you'll have the capacity to love and care for others.
But if you're feeling overwhelmed, start by asking these simple questions:
Those two questions will keep you focused on what's most important, one moment at a time.
P.S. If you want more support during these heavy times, registration is now open for Simplify, a new program designed to help you live with more ease and better health. Stay well, friends.
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