I hope you and your families are all safe and well. I am sure everybody's experience with COVID-19 has been very different. The common thread for all of us is that we are learning how to cope and adapt very creatively in response to a very foreign experience. Putting healthy coping strategies in place is paramount to getting through this.
In a recent article I read by Tony Robbins, he emphasized the importance of steering away from the negative connotation of being in lockdown, but rather seeing the current situation as an opportunity to focus on being grounded, or rather a time to look for opportunities to reflect and focus on what matters. To that end, I wanted to share with you the things I have put into practice daily that are keeping me grounded. My hope is that perhaps you may find some or all of these practices helpful to implement for yourself.
1. Practice gratitude. At the start and at the end of each day, consider three things about your day for which day you are thankful. Be specific.
2. Get outside in nature. Rain or shine. Watch birds, daydream, stare at clouds or engage in outdoor activity. Just enjoy it!
3. Engage in movement. Engage in any movement that feels good to you, or engage in an exercise regime of your choice. Some of my favourites include strength training, shooting hoops in the driveway, dancing, cleaning, running, soccer training, and any mix of cardiovascular activities.
4. Walk. A go to "think tank" that energizes and clears your head! Definitely a saving grace for me.
5. Maintain routines. Mimic your normal schedule or make improvements you have always wanted to (my favourite is waking on my own at the same time every day without an alarm clock!). No matter what it is, establish routines in your day that happen consistently, such as sleep/wake times, exercise, meal times etc.
6. Get your Z's. Try to acquire whatever optimal number of hours of sleep you need consistently every night. Eight hours are optimal for me!
7. Fuel your body and immune system with sound nutrition. Don't fall into a stress or boredom eating trap, especially of poor food choices. Try some new recipes you might not normally have time for, and tweak your diet to help you run like a finely tuned machine.
8. Engage with others and have some laughs. Whether virtually or with those in your household, it is a great time to connect, and be silly, even a few minutes a day.
9. Take a few minutes to reflect or meditate. I usually accomplish this while walking; hence my "think tank". Consider engaging in meditation practice or just taking a few quiet moments to reflect on thoughts and feelings or perhaps set some goals.
10. Look for opportunities. Purposely seek out opportunities in any area of interest to you. They are all around us; it is not all doom and gloom. Some to consider may include self-improvement, new ways to generate revenue, or learning about something that just may change your life!