Mindfulness & Self Care During the Pandemic
It is important more than ever to take care of yourself during this Pandemic. Today, I am going to teach you how to use Mindfulness and some tips for calming your coronavirus anxiety — so you can better care for yourself and others.
Among many reasons to keep yourself in-tune with Mind and Body, there is no better defense than your immune system to fight COVID-19. Everyone is feeling anxious these days – so you are not alone. Especially with our routines interrupted by working from home, or not working at all? So, how do we keep calm, safe and healthy?
First of all, my mantra on Self-Care has always been a priority. I have dedicated a Self Care page in which you can read on breathing techniques that you can do anywhere, especially if you are feeling anxiety.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposefully focusing all of your attention on the current moment, and accepting it without judgment. This is a great place to start if you are looking for the key element in happiness.
Done correctly, mindfulness will allow you to decrease your stress and anxiety, the feeling overwhelmed and hopelessness, and help you appreciate each small moment as it happens. In a time of disruption, mindfulness will help you be able to cope in our climate today. In addition, studies show it alleviates the feeling of loneliness.
I recommend reading through this step-by-step guide to being mindful throughout the day. If used daily, it can positively impact both your mental and physical well-being.
How to Practice Mindfulness 101
There are countless ways to be more mindful throughout the day, but in this section, I’ll cover a simple eight-step process for practicing mindfulness.
1. Create your space and time.
Get comfy with no distractions to create the space you need to quiet your mind. Turn off the TV, cell phones and if you have to lock yourself in another room to avoid interruptions…do so.
2. Sit quietly with zero thoughts of what you have to do today.
The idea of really able to live is the present. Don’t think about the future or the past, and fully accept yourself in the moment. Always come back to focusing on your breath and listening to the sounds around you.
3. Sit still and just be.
By allowing your mind to sit still, creative thoughts may come in…by being still and turning off the idea that you have to run around to accomplish things on your list allows other thoughts to come in. The idea is to let your mind recharge.
4. Let time sit still.
When you think about the past or future, your mind goes into overdrive. Just think about the present and it alleviates anxiety of what has happened or what is about to happen.
5. Be aware of your thoughts, words, actions, and motivations
Your thoughts create your reality. Your inner world is reflected in the outer world. I know it may sound strange, but we are literally creating energy by sending out your thoughts. Your thoughts are sent out to the world and align with other energies of the same vibration. So be careful of what you are thinking…it will bounce back to you in our worldly situations.
6. Try not to judge yourself or others.
This is probably the hardest thing to reconcile, but know this…when you judge yourself or others, you are not honoring your process. Sometimes, we need to face a difficult situation to learn a lesson. Honor your process and others. Try to be accepting of yourself and others.
7. Tools to return to the present.
When you start living your life mindfully, you will catch your thoughts wondering to hold thought patterns. When you feel your vibration go lower, and start feeling anxious, return to the present and let go of negative thoughts. Honor the present.