I have decided to start a blog to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to spread positive, encouraging insights and links to resources that are available to us.
My intention of this post is to bring light to this dark time in our world. This pandemic has affected each and every one of us; triggering anxiety, fear, and panic. My hope is to help us balance our fears with faith, hope, and positive vibes.
First and foremost, my deepest condolences go out to those who have lost a loved one to this virus or have been deeply affected by the mandated quarantines. I also want to thank all of the healthcare professionals and first hand responders that have been working endlessly to treat those in need.
Unfortunately, we cannot control the devastating events that are happening around us, but we can control how we respond by turning our focus inwards.
Here are a few activities that you can do to help stay grounded and relaxed:
Take a deep, slow breath --
inhaling for 4 seconds through the nose,
holding for 4 seconds,
and exhaling out of the nose for 6-8 seconds.
Repeat this for a total of at least 3 breaths in a row.
WRITE IT OUT
Take some time to let everything out and put it onto paper.
This will release the things that no longer serve you,
which in return, will allow room to receive new opportunities.
Here are some helpful prompts to get started:
things you are grateful for, things that bring you joy, people or
quotes that inspire you, etc.
Put on your favorite, happy song and dance your heart out.
Draw, paint, doodle, scribble...
get creative and express
yourself through creating art...
the possibilities are endless.
Instead of sitting with the uncomfortable feelings of fear, we can intentionally shift our focus to some of the positives resulting from the situation. Practicing any activity of self-care, whether it be from this list or not, will help us develop a sense of balance to our situation.
This is a pivotal moment in history, it is physically forcing us to stay home, slow down, and re-set. This re-set has been long overdue, but is finally redirecting our focus back to the things that truly matter; things such as: spending time with loved ones (especially our elders), reconnecting with ourselves, caring for our planet, giving back to our communities, etc.
I believe that this is the universe's and/or the Higher Power (of your choice)'s way of truly testing our faith and hope in times of fear. Let's start to spread some love to each other because fear is overrated.
Stay tuned for more posts to stay calm and positive :)