Now that we know the lockdown may continue for a while, how do you take care of yourself and stay in your right mind? Last month we explored how to stay out of fear. It’s not always easy when faced with a pandemic. Ironically, it’s essential for a healthy immune system to be free from stress and fears. So how can you invest in your physical and mental health during these testing times? With small tweaks in your thoughts, approach and actions, this could be a refreshing time of rest, reset and self-renewal.
1. Boost Your Immune System
We are creating stress by wanting things to be different than they are. We want to go back to the “old normal”. We are holding onto the familiar. Yes, we are going to get through this collectively. Yet many aspects of life as we know it will change for good. We are stopping ‘doing things the way they’ve always been done’. It’s best to let go of the past and the ‘old normal’. Stress is caused not by what we are experiencing, but by how we think about it. Reduce stress by being mindful of your thoughts. Distract your thoughts by engaging in a pleasant creative activity and always bring yourself back into the present moment which is naturally completely free from stress.
Restore yourself energetically. We have been very busy and many people may have placed demands on your time and energy. Now is a good time to restore yourself energetically. This can be done by getting some sunshine, through movement like walking, through energy work like yoga and tai chi, and through self-healing in meditation. Here’s a comprehensive Self-healing Meditation that you can do for yourself daily.
Calm the mind through relaxation, meditation or being out in nature. Calm boosts the immune system and allows you to access your inner resources.
2. Boost Your Resilience
Relaxation practices help to access your Unconscious Mind and opens up your imagination. When you feel relaxed, it’s easier to evoke positive feelings, imagine creative responses, and influence yourself to feel resilient. You can do this by reassuring yourself and by using positive affirmations as suggested below.
Practice Heart-based Consciousness – a state achieved when you shift your focus into the heart and activate heart-based feelings such as love, caring and appreciation. According to research done by the HeartMath Institute, heart coherence reduces stress and restores health. “Coherence is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation.” HeartMath Institute Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty says. “It is a state that builds resilience – personal energy is accumulated, not wasted – leaving more energy to manifest intentions and harmonious outcomes.”
3. Use Positive Affirmations
Repeating positive affirmations to yourself, can be very reassuring to your unconscious mind. Its a great way to counteract spiralling negative thoughts. Here are some examples:
‘I am healthy, I am whole, I am loved, I am love, I am light’.
‘I have everything I need’.
‘All my needs are always provided for’.
4. Practice Gratitude
It’s not always easy to change negative thoughts and feelings into positive ones, yet a practice of gratitude does it every time. Reflect firstly on a person you are grateful for, secondly an event you are grateful for and thirdly something about yourself you are grateful for. Reflect on what’s going well and be grateful for all that you have. Be grateful too that during the lockdown, you have quality time for yourself, time to reflect, to meditate, to be still and to go within. Reflection brings clarity. Follow this simple Gratitude Meditation.
5. Ride Above the Turbulence
There’s a lot of fear being created at the moment, especially through the news media. We will all be aware of fear, but through awareness we can stay out of fear. Remain the compassionate observer of your own feelings as well as collective emotions. Rise above it by seeing the bigger picture; the higher vision. Stay in your heart and reach out to others in kindness, support and positive encouragement. Positive emotions enhance your health and strengthens your immune system. Even in this time of fear of loss (jobs or money), remember the universe is abundant by nature. The Earth has been self-sufficient for eons and has abundant resources. There’s more than enough for everyone. Thoughts of lack, create stress. Thoughts of abundance open you up to the abundance of opportunities that are opening up to you now. You are going through this experience for your own growth and transformation. You will come through this with new inspiration, inner strength, a new sense of who you are and what you want to bring forth in the world. Sometimes we need a bit of a nudge and a dose of courage. The current circumstance may just bring that out in you. This can truly be the time to be and do what you always wanted to be and do.
What’s unfolding now is challenging and uncertain, yet it’s for the betterment of mankind. Ride above the turbulence. The eventual outcome will be altogether positive. We are moving to reach a higher level of existence; a new way of being – one of creativity, support, kindness, open-heartedness, fairness, balance and equality. This is a time of reshaping our future. This is the time to be our higher form of expression.
6. Co-create your Desired World
April ushers in a new season; a new year, a new decade. Now is the great time for being aware of what you want, what you value, what you really need (and what not). You’ve changed over the past year or two or ten. You’ve been through big lessons, deep healing and tremendous growth. Now at a new start, reflect on who you are now, what’s true for you now and what’s important to you in your life. What new ideas and initiatives arise in you? What new calling do you feel? Get clear on a new vision for your future. Spring is unfolding despite us. This is naturally a time of optimism, opportunity and growth. What new seed are you planting? What is your long term perspective? Remember that the universe has unlimited potential and infinite possibilities and opportunities that can unfold for you. By imagining it, you create it. Visualise and feel your body healthy and strong. Visualise and feel yourself living a life of joy. Visualise healthy, supportive communities. While we are experiencing a shutdown, new doors are opening; new opportunities that you may not have seen before. Stay open to the magic of life. As the world changes, you have access to whole new possibilities.
7. Connect and Contribute
Stay open-hearted. This is a collective experience. Globally society is going through a massive healing experience. It’s bringing us closer together. Together we are developing new values and creating a new supportive ways of relating and being. Together we are birthing a new era, a new way of being. Ask yourself: How can I take good care of myself? How can I help? Who can I help?
8. Stay in your Power
Despite the restrictions placed on us right now, you always have choices and choice is empowerment. Harness your own power at a soul level. You have everything that it takes to ride this wave. You have unique inner gifts, abilities and resources already inside you. You’ll feel a calling, perhaps you’ve felt it for a while and had it on the back burner. Own your own free will, your own decision-making ability, your own authority, your own purpose. More than ever before, the world needs you to act from within your true power; your giftedness; your greater potential. 2020 is calling us to step up. You chose to be here at this time – to help and to evolve. Now you can exercise those choices for the greater good of all. Be the light bearer, the shower of the way and the change agent the world needs right now.
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Follow these simple mindfulness and other meditations to bring calm to your mind and restore inner peace.
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