I can’t remember a time when I emotionally had to hold it together in a grocery store. The mood was solemn and sad. I consciously smiled at people and tried to be very kind and understanding. But I only had one smile returned. Then waiting in the line at a distance, behind the yellow line, and watching the checker sterilize everything before calling me forward was almost more than I could take.
People are scared, and it breaks my heart.
Keep Your Mind and Spirit Healthy
I have written about what to eat to help keep your immune system strong during the Coronavirus Pandemic. So now let me address some other practical steps you can take to help keep your mind and spirit healthy too. And this will in turn help keep your body healthy. Because stress lowers the immune system. So it’s important to de-stress during this time.
- Box Breathing. This is a very simple technique that is very effective in relieving stress. You simply breathe in for 4 seconds (you can pick how long), hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Do this whenever you feel stress coming on or make this a regular pattern.
- Sleep. A good night’s rest is so important for your immune system and your overall wellbeing. Creating a bedtime routine helps tremendously with this. Go to bed about the same time each night. Avoid blue light such as your phone, computer and TV at least an hour before bedtime. This will help to allow melatonin to begin to work bringing on sleep and keeping you asleep. Create a relaxing space to sleep with clean bedding and no clutter. For more ideas on sleep read TasteSuccess Wellbeing: Sleep.
- Gratitude Journal. Write down one thing you are grateful for each day before going to bed. I don’t mean the usual – my family, my house, etc. Although those are great things to be grateful for! But be very specific – “today I spent time with my friend via Zoom”, “today I planted flowers in my flowerbed and really enjoyed the time outside”.
Whatever Is Lovely
One way I keep myself from becoming too stressed and overwhelmed is by controlling what I choose to think about. There is a saying I remind myself of, “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, think on these things”.
Peace comes because we are purposeful about bringing it into our lives. Everything around us is working against peace. But we don’t have to allow fear and anxiety to rule our day. Choose peace.