How are we coping and feeling? Am checking in for the first time since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization. I needed time to process what is happening and tend to become more introvert in stressful situations. It is still unbelievable to me that this pandemic is on a global scale and the speed to which it has upheaved our lives; it is unprecedented and unnerving. As of today, in Canada, our borders are closed to only those that are deemed essential. Two of the most affected provinces, one of which I live in, have closed down all non-essential businesses. Parliament is reconvening on Tuesday to seek further legislative powers. My husband was laid off from his job last Tuesday and we have been adjusting to our new routine as well as can be expected given the rapid progression of the pandemic and anxiety it is causing. Is this the new norm? Unfortunately, yes, at least for the foreseeable future, but not forever. Perseverance, positivity, compassion, patience and mindful actions will get us through this.
In a blink of an eye, our lives have changed dramatically. Our focus shifted from the environment and exercising sustainable practices to how well we wash our hands! But the power over both lies in the individual’s actions. More so now than ever, we must be mindful of our individual actions, as they have the power to greatly affect the collective. So let’s get it right! Stay home and follow our health experts and political leaders’ advice. If there is a silver lining to the pandemic, is that it is forcing us to slow down and appreciate more than ever our loved ones and what we do have.
The main principle of Eckhart Tolle‘s teachings, whose books I read last year, is to accept whatever situation one faces, ego-free. Once you accept it, without emotion, and whatever ripple effects come from it, can you then take action. Festering on negative emotions will not help the situation or you, both mentally and physically. Feeling anxious or worried, albeit normal reactions, will only lead to stress and stress causes inflammation which lowers our immune system, which we must protect at this time.
Some tips for coping are to create a new routine, go outside daily (all the while keeping the recommended distance from others), exercise, eat and sleep well, stay in touch with loved ones through technology and focus on your wellbeing, like practicing meditation. I will share more on these subjects in future posts.
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Stay healthy and safe. Stay Home!