This is not a time to be panicky, but we need to be precautious. We want to go through this successfully and gracefully. This is a reality check for all of us. Let us make use of this.
When many things feel uncertain or out of our control, one of the most effective ways we can manage stress and anxiety is to focus on the actions that are in our control Here are some ways you can take intentional steps to look after your physical and emotional wellbeing during this challenging time:
Learn to relax – purposeful relaxation, such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation is essential in training your body to relax. Relaxation should be a part of your daily regimen.
Keep a positive attitude – sometimes the way you think about things can make all of the difference. Your attitude can help offset difficult situations.
Maintain your day-to-day activities and a routine as much as possible. Having a healthy routine can have a positive impact on your thoughts and feelings. Go back to basics: eating healthy meals, physical exercise, getting enough sleep, and doing things you enjoy. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids.
Maintain a healthy diet. When your mind is full of worries and pressures, many people find that they slip into “mindless eating”. Maintaining a balanced diet of foods that provide a more constant source of energy (instead of that sugar spike) can be a great first line of defense against the adverse effects of stress. Even more importantly it will help you maintain a connection to your long term goals.
Remember that physical distancing does not need to mean social disconnection
There are many ways we can use technology to stay connected, and both give and receive support (remotely). You could Call, text, or video-chat with friends and family. Share quick and easy recipes. Start a virtual book .
Acknowledge your feelings. Whatever you are feeling right now, know that it’s okay to feel that way. Allow yourself time to notice and express what you’re feeling. This could be through journalling, talking with others, or channelling your emotions into something creative (e.g., drawing, painting, poetry, music)
Affirmations work wonders. They calm your body, release stress and give you large doses of confidence and happiness. Especially positive affirmations first thing in the morning! The reason you want to do this before you start your day is because your mind is just waking up, and it is about to set the tone of your day. Even if “you don’t feel like it.” You just repeat over and over to yourself. You can whisper them. You can say them loud. You can write them and read them.
POSTIVIE MORNING AFFIRMATIONS
“I AM HAPPY”
“I AM HEALTHY”
“I AM WEALTHY”
“I AM SECURE”
“I AM WORTHY”
“I AM POSITIVE”
“I AM BLESSED”
“I AM GRATEFUL”
“I AM BEAUTIFUL”
“I AM CONFIDENT”
“I AM COURAGEOUS”
“I AM EXCITED ABOUT TODAY”
“I AM LOVED”
bedtime affirmations that will help to send you to sleep with a feeling of confidence and clarity, whilst positively setting you up for the next morning.
Calming Bedtime Affirmations
- I release today.
- I forgive it all.
- I have permission to fall asleep.
- I now enter a place of deep and restful sleep.
- I am grateful.
- I embrace my dreams.
- I fall asleep with my dreams close to my heart, and all is well.
- May my sleep be peaceful.
- I invite the qualities of good sleep.
- I choose peace.
- I am in harmony with the universe.
The key is to building this as a habit and make it totally natural and part of your routine. And as you know, it takes a few days to build a habit.