10 Self-Care Tips During the Coronavirus Pandemic
by Courtney Beck
We are all being bombarded daily...moment by moment...with an onslaught Coronavirus information and statistics. It's overwhelming, exhausting, and down-right scarier than hell. We're socially isolated, our jobs in jeopardy...or gone. We have fears about the future...for ourselves, our loved ones, and our world.
With this level of saturation and panic, our overall well-being has never been more paramount than at this moment in time. Self-care is vital if we are to stay well physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.
We are resilient, we humans. We are strong. Many in the consciousness community recognize that this time is a great opportunity to reboot personally as well as globally. To embrace a new mind-set. To slow down and encourage kindness, compassion, and tolerance. To advance the awakening of humanity on this beautiful planet Earth.
As we heal and renew, here are some self-care tips to help you through this trying time of social isolation, fear, and change.
Namaste, dear ones.
1. Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet will help you to maintain a good energy level, avoid blood sugar spikes, and will aid in digestion. Fresh fruits and vegetables can load your system with antioxidants and boost your immune system. What better way to experience self-love? And stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and herbal teas.
2. Move Your Body
It's easy to fall into the trap of sitting around and binge watching Netflix, surfing the internet, or logging countless hours scrolling on social media. We all do it. Just make sure that you break up the stagnant energy by moving your body.
Go for a walk (while observing social distancing), dance around your living room, or do some yoga. The movement will have great benefits for your mind-set, and your body will feel better after some activity and stretching. You'll also sleep better at night.
3. Get Out in Nature (If You Can)
Step outside and breathe the fresh air. Go on socially distant nature walk. Sit on the grass. Smell the flowers. Take off your shoes and place your bare feet on the grass.
We have been given a unique opportunity to stop and become still. Allow yourself to indulge in this stillness by reconnecting with nature.
Meditation is one of the best ways to practice self-care. By becoming physically still, slowing down our mind activity, and going within we can access that place of deep inner calm and connection with the Divine.
Meditation has loads of health benefits, as well. For more information on the many benefits of meditation, check out my blog post on meditation here: https://www.courtneybeckchannel.com/post/5-benefits-of-meditation
5. Get Plenty of Rest / Quality Sleep
Quality sleep has never been more essential than it is right now. Our body's immune system and natural defenses are increased with the proper amount of sleep. Because stress and anxiety reduce our immunity to bacteria and viruses, adequate sleep can restore that natural defense system and keep us on the right track, as well as help us to maintain a healthy mind-set and energy levels.
6. Stay Home (Please!)
Social isolation isn't easy. We are so accustomed to being able to go wherever we want to go whenever we want to go there. Quarantine is disruptive and challenging. Some of us have young children at home who are bored out of their minds. Our freedoms have been curtailed to the inth degree. And it's stressful!
But staying home is an essential part of flattening the curve, and protecting others as well as ourselves.
We can overcome some of these challenges with a mindset shift. Try flipping the script and seeing this as an opportunity. An opportunity to connect more deeply with our partners and children. An opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves. A chance to reboot mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Good can always come from something challenging, and this is no exception. Give it a chance and see how you feel. What have you got to lose?
7. Reduce Your News Intake (By a LOT)
Let's face it, the news media is a big part of the problem in terms of our stress levels and fear. Over-viewing the news reports isn't gonna help the problem, I promise you. Take a step back and only check in with the news once or twice a day at the absolute maximum. You won't miss anything essential, I can assure you. Rest assured that anything you really need to know about will find you.
In the meantime, give yourself a break and avoid the endless reports, statistics, and projections. Your mind, body and emotions will thank you.
8. Live in the Present Moment
Now more than ever we need to hone our mindfulness skills and ground ourselves in the present moment. Focusing on the past creates depression, while focusing on the future creates anxiety.
We are living in uncertain times. Nobody knows yet what the outcome will be. Projecting ourselves into frightening scenarios about the future will take us out of the present moment where we need to remain in order to be healthy mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
At this pivitol moment in time, I strongly encourage you to read two books. The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. In my opinion, these books are critical reading for every human being and within them you will find tremendous wisdom that will accelerate your spiritual growth and soothe your soul.
Take the time to learn some mindfulness techniques and skills, as well. You'll be glad you did.
9. Practice Radical Gratitude
Gratitude helps to remind us of what we have, and takes our focus off of what we don't have. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis activates the vibration of abundance in all it's myriad forms, which in turn helps us to attract more of what we want and need.
Begin with a daily practice of noticing what you have. Start a gratitude journal and list 5 things you are thankful for every day. Have hot running water? Mark it down. Did you get to sleep in today? Make note of it. Still healthy? You get the idea...
I have found that by keeping a daily gratitude journal, and allowing myself to feel the emotions and joy of being grateful for the small things, that my stress levels are reduced and I have more energy and more abundance flows into my life.
10. Stay Connected With Loved Ones
In this day and age I am so grateful that we have the ability to stay connected with our loved ones, even in the midst of quarantine. How marvelous is it that we have the ability to connect via social media, FaceTime, and Skype, etc? (Jot that one down in your gratitude journal.)
Check in with your loved ones who are alone. Reach out if you yourself are alone. Staying connected will keep your spirits up and help to quell the boredom and stress of social isolation.
Above all, take care of yourselves by following the guidelines for health and safety. Give a thank you to the health care workers and the first responders who are on the front lines of this fight daily, sacrificing their own well being and time with their families to be there for those who are ill.
Namaste, Loves. Stay safe and well.
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