So, let’s just state the obvious for a second - life has definitely changed a lot since 2019 for people living all around the world. Collectively we are going through an incredibly difficult time, one that is forcing us to pivot in new and interesting ways. There is fear, stress, uncertainty for sure, but there are also new found connections, resiliency, and resourcefulness. All of these changes and emotions can leave us feeling drained and in need of some serious self care! Maybe you’re working, maybe you’re an essential worker, maybe you’re struggling with isolation and really need to nurture yourself - whatever is going on for you currently, we have some awesome tips to help you lean into the self care that you need!
We know that everywhere we look, there are different opinions about how we should be dealing with isolation. There’s a group of fairly vocal people saying that now is the time to make all your dreams come true. It’s the time to tackle projects you’ve never had time for, build that business you’ve always dreamt of, learn that skill you’ve been talking about, and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong - I’m all for turning lemons into lemonade, but these are unlike any times we’ve faced before and there isn’t a one size fits all solution for how to cope. It’s super important that we lean into whatever feels right for us despite outside pressures (super simple right?).
Above everything else we need to be compassionate with ourselves and others. We need to acknowledge the challenges we’re currently dealing with, the emotions we are experiencing and recognize the normality of this! You may feel super inspired, you may feel super tired, you may feel grief. You might not be in a place where you can tackle your life long dreams right now, and any of these feeling are totally reasonable.
Even self care can be a struggle when times are difficult - these are some suggestions, pick the things that resonate for you. Even making the time to pick one thing off this list might help you feel a little more centred, even in the midst of difficult times.
Self Care Tips!
Make time for yourself. We get it, we’re all stuck at home, so you’d think that we’d have tons of time to do what we want. But the thing is that the more people we talk to, the more we realize that we’re moving through our days in a bit of a fog - not really putting aside any REAL time for ourselves. Friend, slot some time in there for you! Do whatever lights you up - dance around your house, take the worlds longest bath, even if you just have five minutes where you don’t have to teach your kid math, make the most of it! It’s so easy to spend the entire day taking care of and doing things for others, but it’s really important we remember to do things for ourselves as well!
Stay connected! There are so many awesome stories of the ways people have found to stay connected. Heck, I even took up writing an old fashioned pen pal! So often when we are feeling lonely, it’s super hard to reach out. Well, you’re in luck my friend, most of the world is feeling the same way right now! This is the perfect time to get honest with people about your need for connection. Thanks to technology there are a bunch of ways we can remain connected with the people we care about in our lives! Online games nights, zoom dance parties, chatting with your parents over zoom while they keep asking how to turn the camera on even though it’s on, has been on this whole time, and will probably be on long after the meeting is over. Reach out when you’re feeling disconnected, so many others are feeling exactly the same way.
Start journaling. It’s a great way to sort through everything swirling around in your mind. When we’re in the midst of difficult situations it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the various thoughts, concerns, and emotions you’re experiencing. Typically we shy away from sorting through all of this because we don’t want to focus on the uncomfortable things we’re experiencing. There is something incredibly cathartic about journaling though. Witnessing the thoughts, feelings, and emotions flowing out of your mind and your heart onto the page through the tip of that pen. It’s amazing how much clearer, and lighter you will feel after journaling. Give it a try!
Not typically into keeping a journal? Not sure where you could even start, or what you’d write about? We’ve put together a journal page for you that you can download, print off, and write in!
Meditation! I bet you could see that one coming! When we find ourselves in stressful, constantly changing situations that are overflowing with emotion, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to become still and meditate. It’s a great way to process your emotions and make sense of everything happening within ourselves.
Meditation is also a great tool for getting you out of your head and reconnected to the present moment, your body, and your physical surroundings. There’s nothing more grounding than anchoring yourself within the present moment with only your breath for company.
Meditation helps to calm our minds and slow those racing thoughts. It is when we are in this calm state that we can come up with creative solutions to problems and realize new perspectives.
In need of some meditation resources to get you going? Fear not - we’ve got plenty for you! We have meditations up on YouTube you can watch, we’re teachers on InsightTimer, and best of all? We’ve got an online 10+ day Learn to Meditate Course! Each morning of this course you’ll wa