These are stressful times for all of us. We’re all reacting in different ways. Some people are finding that they’re far less productive. Others are trying their best to see the silver lining of more time at home. Liquor sales are through the roof. I do love watching the funny videos people are making to keep their spirits up. Some of them are so funny. I have a giant belly laugh that feels so good. And when people come outside their houses and make noise together in their neighborhood. My heart opens and it makes me smile.
During a recent trip to the grocery store, I witnessed some abhorrent behavior by another shopper. There was a shipment of disinfecting wipes that a clerk just put out. As a shopper put the last container in her shopping cart, another woman turned the corner, hoping to get some. She was only moments too late, and the wipes had vanished from the shelf.
Instead of walking by gracefully, she started screaming. Her screaming went on for what seemed like forever while everyone around her stood there dumbfounded. And while yelling, she actually lunged forward and stole a container out of someone else’s shopping cart. She then fled to the register. The person who was using that cart just stood there shocked. We all did. This experience was new to me. Because for years I have done a majority of my shopping online. And I never had to drive miles and miles to buy staples such as Kleenex, disinfectant wipes, and toilet paper. But now I can spend hours driving around visiting many stores trying to buy things for my home and it can get old fast – testing my patience. When I do find what I am looking for, I feel like a great huntress in the wild. It gives me a strange sense of accomplishment. To think a month ago I could do it all in minutes with the touch of keystroke.
Although this woman was genuinely nasty at that moment, my heart went out to her. These are stressful times. It can bring out the worst behavior in anybody. We want to stay calm while we carry on with our lives as best we can. The media bombards us with daily negativity. That is not helpful. It’s enough to make you feel sick watching it. Yes, we do need to know what’s going on but we don’t need large doses of it. I have had to limit my intake of the news for my health and well-being. Many of our normal outlets to relieve stress are gone. No more gyms. Limited access to parks. No beach. No meeting a friend for coffee to share and hang out.
We want to do our best to look after ourselves so that we don’t need a doctor’s visit when there are so many people in serious medical need. I’m trying to strengthen myself and make sure that I’m taking care of my whole self – my body, mind, and spirit connection. And, I try to get creative in my space. Right now, I have the sounds of nature playing in the background as I write this blog. This helps be indoors for most of the day. Here is the YouTube video link that I have been listening to. There are many to choose from that you can use. This one is called: Relax 8 Hours-Relaxing Nature Sounds-Study-Sleep-Meditation-Water Sounds-Bird Song.
Like a lot of you, during this pandemic, I do have extra time. Sure, I’m as busy as ever making videos, engaging with students, and writing blogs. With my trips out of the home generally limited, I’ve managed to carve out a little extra time every day. I’ve dedicated that time to keep myself healthy. Maintaining health – at any time – goes far beyond vitamins and healthy eating.
I am talking about my Health and Well-Being Report that I read on a regular basis. One of the reasons I like it so much is because it tells me where I can excel in my health and make solid improvements. In addition, it also shows me where I may be falling short in my self-care. This is not a good thing.
I don’t often get sick physically, but I do tend to be sensitive to my surroundings. I also don’t manage stress very well. My report reflects this and re-reading it sometimes serves as the reminder I need to take better care of myself.
I also know that I am likely to isolate myself when I’m stressed. Fighting the need to isolate seems almost ironic considering our current social distancing guidelines. But, feeling isolated never did anyone any good, even now. Yes, I do love my alone time. And it is my go-to place when I am stressed. But, not this much alone time! And, while I can’t join my friends at a restaurant for dinner, I can reach out in other ways. I’ve already held a few Zoom happy hours. My family and I are playing virtual Pictionary regularly, as well. These little things help me cope with the craziness all around.
While I can’t completely disengage from the news, I can limit it. I’ve also started a 30-day Yoga Challenge. It helps me find a few minutes of calm where I focus on nothing but breathing and moving my body. And the Yoga exercises are helping me to build muscle and stay strong.
It is so important to look after yourself spiritually, mentally, and physically. There is only one of YOU. Regardless of how many friends you have or how big or close your family is, NO ONE will take care of you the way YOU can. No one. Because who knows you better than you do? If you’re not feeling good, nothing else truly matters because your wealth is in your health. The better you feel the more you can be proactive and not reactive. We do have a social contract, and we are in this life together.
We are being tested no doubt about it. And not everyone will practice the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And what I want for myself, I want for everyone.
Taking care of myself has been made a little bit easier by the Health and Wellbeing report. And I encourage anyone that is feeling overwhelmed to get a head start on your healthy journey. By taking advantage of the insight this report offers you. It’s time to practice Extreme Self-Care. Be safe. Be well. Be calm.
To your good health and well-being!
Tons of Love and Abundance,
Here’s that link to the Health and Well-being Report.
“I thoroughly loved reading my Health and Wellbeing Report. It was very accurate in regards to my temperament; in fact, it was like reading my own life’s biography. It clarified for me those areas in my life that I have been trying to understand. It confirmed what I had always thought to be true and revealed ways to improve my life and health. Amazing!! ” – Dianne Horvath, Chinese Medicine Practitioner.