In a matter of a few weeks, the world today is a very different place. It seems as though things have changed overnight with the spread of COVID-19 worldwide. In the last few weeks we have seen direction from the Government for many people to self-isolate and businesses are shutting their doors temporarily and we are all waiting to see what happens.
The COVID-19 has changed our world as we have known it. People are feeling more fearful about the unknown, about their health, about their work being impacted or losing their jobs, along with all that comes with many having to separate from family and friends. We are yet to see the full impact that COVID-19 is going to have globally long-term not only financially but also on our mental state of health.
In this unprecedent and difficult time it is even more important for us to stay steady, self-care, and look after each other.
In our last article we asked the question Is Self-Nurturing Selfish? And we exposed that attending to ourselves – our health and wellbeing (aka self-nurturing) first, is not selfish and that although this is often thought to be the case, that it is indeed a deeply harmful myth.
Here we would like to offer some simple tools to support you to self-nurture, tools that will also support you through COVID-19 and beyond. When we look after ourselves, it helps boost our immune system and helps us to remain steady which is a priority in our current times. We also then have more vitality within ourselves to be able to support others.
So here are some of our top tips of how.
GET QUALITY SLEEP CONSISTENTLY
We all know how better we feel when we have rested well. The quality of our sleep very much depends on the quality in which we are with ourselves throughout our day and a proper unwinding down period at night is essential for a good nights’ sleep. Beyond the needed physical, mental, emotional rejuvenation, quality sleep is a key factor in the process of healing, increase of awareness and being able to handle life generally. Read our article on Top 10 ten tips for getting a good nights sleep.
2. EAT FOR NOURISHMENT
What we eat has a significant effect on how we feel, and reciprocaly how we feel has a significant impact on the food we choose to eat. If we eat fresh unprocessed foods and limit our sugar, caffeine and alcohol intake then naturally we are going to feel better. There are “no set” rules that we recommend when it comes to diet except listening to your body, i.e truly observe how you feel when going for certain food as well as after eating them. Absolute honesty is key here. Preparing and eating your food in a quality of connection is also a deep self-nurturing act.
If you are having to self-isolate, try buying your fresh veggies and fruit online at your local grocer or places like Harris Farm, Coles or Woolies. Or have a friend buy it for you and leave it at your door. Now is the time to reach out for help if you need it.
Our bodies need and love to move, so let’s move them! Exercising from a place of connection and honoring the body is going to offer the most benefit. Try not to subscribe to the “no pain, no gain” methodology, this will simply bring a hardness into your body and take out the joy. It may feel good in the moment, but this is simply adrenaline which soon subsides and doesn’t support your wellbeing long term. You may like to try one of our online exercise classes to see how we do it. Click here for your free trial Connection & Core 30 min class.
Our 3 week Connection & Core exercise classes and 4 week Connection & Strength exercises classes are available for just $25 a month subscription for unlimited access to all classes. A great way to exercise from home.
4. PRACTISE CONSCIOUS PRESENCE
Try not to lose yourself in what at times can feel like hysteria. Be with your body in what you do and this will support you to stay steady. Bring your thoughts to match what your body is doing rather than the two being separate. Get out of your head and drop into your body. Feel what it is that you are doing, rather than think about it. Bring conscious presence into all of your movements. Our Body Awareness Meditation can support you with this. The quality of your movements are important. Let go of being hard or critical with yourself (and this includes your thoughts), keep your joy and be gentle in your movements.
5. STAY CONNECTED WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Even if you have to self-isolate, stay connected to people via the phone or internet. If you have to be alone, don’t do it alone. By holding conscious presence, that is by staying connected with yourself, take that held connection with yourself to others. Try not to communicate with others from a place of disconnection, because this could have an impact on them and feed the panic and anxiousness that others may already be feeling. Stay tuned into yourself and share that with others in an open manner.
So you can see that self-nurturing doesn’t need to be difficult or hard. We encourage you to take these simple steps to support yourself through COVID-19 and beyond. We are here to support in any way we can.