Tough times affect us differently, and some people may be hurting more than others. It’s important to take care of yourself, but let others know that you are there for them.
While I want to be informed about what is happening in our country and the world, there comes a certain point when the news becomes overbearing and even scary.
What scares me most about Covid-19 is that there is nothing one can do to fix the situation but stay home. Which right now, is doing something!
I may not be able to cure our world of the injustices and fix the actions of others, but I can take care of myself.
When we take care of ourselves, we take away the power that catastrophic events may have over us.
Here are some ways to practice self-care during lockdown.
TALK IT OUT WITH OTHERS
Whether you need to voice your concern, frustration, or anger, or you need to ask, “What does this mean?” talk to someone. Find a community of support with people who understand where you are coming from. Find a group that will listen to and engage in a conversation with you.
Take a deep breath and channel your energy into something creative and productive. Cook a meal, bake a family recipe, practice the guitar, create a dance or a work of art, write a journal entry or a blog post. Confront your emotions, regardless of how scary that may be, and turn them into something so you can say, “This horrible thing happened, but look at what I made of it.”
When the noise of the news becomes overwhelming, I check in with myself to see what I need. Often, I need to reconnect with myself to recognize how I am feeling and how I am going to proceed. There are many ways to practice mindfulness, but meditation, taking a bubble bath, sitting silently in the garden are just a few ways to reconnect with yourself and your environment during lockdown.
DETOX FROM SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media has become one of the best and most efficient ways to receive news updates. While it allows news to be available to us with the touch of an app, it also allows others to express their feelings and thoughts, which has its pros and cons. It can be overwhelming and toxic at times, so shut it down. You are not obligated to be tied to the media 24/7. You can control your environment and what you see on your screen.
BE AN ALLY
Tough times affect us differently, and some people may be hurting more than others. It’s important to take care of yourself, but let others know that you are there for them. You can lend an ear to them, read up on how the current situation affects them, or act with them. There is strength in numbers, and in these tough times, we need each other more than ever.
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