I wish my first blog post was under better circumstances. I started putting together my massage business two weeks ago, and the launch has been delayed until the COVID-19 pandemic settles down. It’s sad, but it’s also gotten me thinking about some different things.
Like everyone, I’m worried about what’s happening, worried for friends and family, and worried about how the world as we knew it might change after it’s all over. The current mood of the country has gotten me thinking about self care, and how important it is now to remember to do some little things that can have a big impact on your mental and physical well being during this crisis. We cannot change the future but we can control how we react to it.
1. Listen to your breath
Take a second and drop back into your body. Feel your presence there. Bring your attention to your breathing and allow it to come naturally. Don’t force it, just observe. Continue. This will help center you in the present and help focus your thoughts on the things you need to focus on now. The best part is that you can do this at any time and anywhere.
2. Practice patience and kindness
I’m a fairly patient person but I’m human. I’ve found myself having to count to 10…then 20…then 30. It happens. We’re all in this together. Be patient, be compassionate and be kind. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but in the long run your patience and kindness will be returned to you.
3. Don’t turn too hard to harmful habits
Sometimes we indulge. Sometimes we indulge a bit more during times of crisis. I would never deny someone little vices to help bring them comfort. We need to keep these vices in check though. An extra bowl of ice cream is one thing. Emptying the contents of the fridge into your mouth is completely another. Indulging can be a comfort, but too much is self-destructive and can be dangerous depending on said habit. Moderation and judgement are key.
4. Open yourself up to change
The world is changing fast around us. Literally. Embrace the change and remember that as scary as this is, and as scary as change can be, it can also open new opportunities. Change doesn’t automatically mean it’s bad.
5. Learn to paint
Okay, it doesn’t have to be painting; but, instead of sitting in front of the fear-mongering news, try to use this time to be constructive. Start a blog (ahem). Learn a new game. Try a new recipe. Accentuate the positive.
Worrying about the future is inevitable but don’t be so closed off with worry that you close yourself off to the little joyous things happening around you. There’s humor to be found. There’s friendships to be formed. Let’s work together to keep our collective spirits up and stay strong. I have faith in you.
And remember, when this is all over, you can treat yourself to a massage and support a local business that will help ease your residual tensions away. Stay safe!