If you’re like me, the buzz words coronavirus, pandemic, social distancing, quarantine, lockdown, and toilet paper have become very tiresome words indeed. So, I won’t go into any detail over them.
I will, however, talk about some things we can all do to restore some balance to the mind, body, and soul during this unusual time period.
1.) Read. And I don’t mean reading on the ‘gram or Facebook, or perusing the news online. I mean getting lost in a book. It doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or nonfiction. I go back and forth between the two, but I am always reading something. Right now I’m enjoying The Witcher series after finishing and loving season 1 on Netflix. Before that it was the Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual by Jocko Willink.
2.) Unplug. Speaking of the ‘gram, Facebook, and the interwebs, much of the anxiety and depression people experience in this day and age can be attributed to being too plugged into social media and the internet. I can say this from experience. News is intended to scare you so that you check back in constantly to see if things have improved. The only permanent thing in life is impermanence, so things will always improve after having gotten worse. But when you set your phone down, close the laptop, and turn off the TV/news, life starts to feel a lot simpler a lot faster.
3.) Meditate. I’m always talking about this, and it’s because it works. Meditation has been around as long as humans have, and it’s because meditation is the number one thing you can do to still your mind and feel peace. Mental clarity, gratitude, happiness, and decreased pain sensitivity are just some of the many, many amazing benefits of meditation.
4.) Get outside. It’s springtime, plants are blooming, and the weather is gorgeous. Walk, run, take the kids to the park, or do whatever else it is you like to do outside. Movement is life, and humans are meant to be outside, moving around, getting much needed sunshine for some much needed vitamin D production.
5.) Create things. Civilization is organized in a very left brain structure. Governments, law, and science are some examples where logic, structure, and details take precedence (insert endless jokes about logic in government here). There’s no shortage of left brain activation wherever you look. But many people don’t use enough of their right brain—the side of the brain responsible for creativity. Drawing, painting, writing, and playing music are just a few examples of creative activities you can do to activate your right brain. And then if you have a talent that allows you to create something truly amazing, that’s icing on the cake!