Go back to the basics - sleep a bit more if possible, drink more water, eat well and maybe in smaller portions, a bit more often as it can be harder for the body to digest efficiently during stressful times.
Be aware of your thought processes and find tips and techniques to create positive self-talk and reduce the mind clutter.
Have technology free times.
Realise that with the season change there is more chance of sniffles and colds. This is generally what happens. Keep the immune system as healthy as possible. Self-care is in your hands, very literally these days.
Spend social media and media free time periods - even just for an hour or two. Check in to see what is happening from a reputable source once or twice a day but otherwise get on with your business and reduce the white noise.
We don’t function at optimum during these times. Take time out to have a quick break throughout the day and encourage those around you or at work to do the same.
Get some fresh air, send a quick message of support to a loved one or check in on someone you may be concerned about.
Allow and encourage those around you to do the same.
Meditation is a great tool and easier than you imagine. There are some great apps available. If the mind is going overtime then walking meditation could be the perfect solution. All too hard? Then just walking on the grass or dirt in bare feet is a great way to ground yourself.
Whilst many sporting and social events have been cancelled we can still stay together as a community by doing a virtual form of them during the typical scheduled time. These can be streamed with other team mates and new groups for fitness can be formed.
Another untapped resource is your imagination.
Children needn’t be around during ‘those’ conversations or tv ‘updates’ or sensationalised media. Insulate younger ones from this and create a space of tranquillity and calm for yourself and them, even if only occasionally. Whilst children can be very resilient it is important to remember they can be like sponges, absorbing the tensions and strength of conversations around them. Lead by example - if you are able to stay calm and focussed with a positive attitude they will more likely be able to.
Tap into your hidden resource.
Bringing awareness to the breath and deep breathing are simple yet incredibly effective ways to reduce stress and calm the mind. They also help reduce stiffness, especially tight shoulder and neck muscles.
Fear is normal, especially in times like this. Find ways to be ‘normal’ in each day - watching the sunrise or sunset reminds us that the world does go on and that there is beauty all around us. Take time to smell the roses!
There may be times like last Friday where phones and data can’t be relied upon. The power might go out at times too. Find fun ways and contingencies to deal with this likelihood.
We are fortunate to have such a strong community - let’s use it to stay connected and cohesive.
Focus on how you would like the world to be post this event. How would you like it to feel, look like, act, be.
You are stronger and more resilient than you think.
We will get through this and are so fortunate to have each other and community!
This too shall pass.
Article by Davina Gossage