Come join me for a peaceful moment, forget about the scary world outside. Bring yourself back to this, now. This, now I am safe. This, now my loved ones and I are healthy.
We are strong and powerful!
We have at our fingertips all the tools we need to climb this mountain.
I am only human. It’s ok if I get nervous, scared or anxious.
I will set some coping mechanisms in place. When negative emotions feel like they are suffocating me, I won’t have to sit in those feelings and I will know what to do.
Here is what has worked for me. Hope it helps you too!
I have been thinking a lot about my grandfather who we lost at the end of 2017. No matter what was going on, he always had a smile on his face. He joked about most situations and would find a way to lighten the mood by poking fun.
If you would say to him, “I really can’t stand this.”
He would reply with, “So then, sit down.”
I have heard him saying that in my head several times over the last week, when I was feeling like I really couldn’t stand it.
Find a way to smile and laugh, it’s good for your soul!
Does anyone know any great jokes?
Watch something funny, be silly!
There is an exercise we used to do in theatre school where we would lie on the floor with our eyes closed and laugh as hard as we could.
At first, you force it out but soon the sound of your own laughter and possibly those around you makes you laugh even more. Next you’re having an all out giggle fest, with tears streaming down your face and for a precious moment you’re left without a care in the world!
Simple enough yet under these circumstances sometimes a challenge. Stress brings on quick shallow breath which only makes us feel more panic stricken. Make time every day to breathe properly. Deep breathing will calm you down and get rid of some of the stagnant, negative energy coursing its way through our bodies.
Get up and move!
Can’t go to the gym? No problem.
Got stairs at home? Run or walk up and down a couple of times. March or run in place. Some of the best exercises require absolutely no equipment at all. A few examples include: Sit-ups, pushups and squats.
Do a couple of yoga poses to keep limber. Try a little shadow boxing.
The internet is your best friend to keep at home workouts fresh.
Fitness Blender is an awesome site I have been using for a while, where you can find a tonne of different stuff. Boxing, HIIT, strength training, pilates, yoga and the list goes on…
You can do a search by level of difficulty, what part of your body you would like to focus on, or the length of time you want to workout for.
Although I usually want my workouts to be as hard as possible, my energy has been a bit on the low side, so I have been choosing something more gentle.
Qigong is my chosen workout right now. While being lighter than what I’m used to, I still feel the emotional benefits and a decrease in stress levels at the end of each session.
Today is my 14th day of self-isolation. With anxiety levels through the roof, these have been some of the darkest days of my life.
I am trying to pull through and stay sane for my parents, niece and nephew. After a bad day this is what has helped me to keep going…
You can save lives. Think of those who are most vulnerable. Do your part to end this nightmare as soon as possible.
Stay with me and stay strong.
A great post… We are all in this together… ❤
Thank you! Yes😊We are stronger together and we will get through this💗
Sure is true, got to keep at the healthy habits 😏
We played table tennis for 30 minutes this morning. I did 2 heavy duty ab workouts, and 3 short Zumba ones this afternoon. Early evening I walked. The days don’t seem to drag when I keep busy.
Thank you Susie! I love hearing about your workouts💜 You’re doing such a fantastic job💪 I can’t even believe you’re able to do all that with an injury😊
That gives much needed perspective, thank you.
You’re welcome and thank you! I’m so glad it was helpful😊
I was just describing a “stick and rope” workout to a friend.
Basically, you do everything you would with free weights only you have a stout stick that push in on and pull out on as hard as you can. The rope is used to provide resistance between the arms and legs. Standing on the ropes and looping the ends around the stick you do squats while maintaining full tension on the rope. Most people can’t do 10 reps of that one without hitting target heart rate.
Wow sounds great Lloyd👍Thank you for sharing what seems like a simple way to get a super workout! I’ll have to give it a try for sure😊❤
There should be some examples of the squats on YouTube. It’s quite a challenge.
A Soulful message – apt for the times we are living – hope you are staying safe and healthy
Many thanks Shantanu! I appreciate your kind words😊 Wishing all the best to you and your family. Stay healthy🌞💞
My absolute pleasure. You stay safe and healthy as well
Thanks Andrew! Hope this finds you well💞 Have a wonderful week!
Thanks. You too.
This is such a VERY sweet and thoughtful gift. Thank You!!! It would have been wonderful to know Your grandfather. Sending You and Yours lots of Love. 🤗❤️😊
Thank you so much your words truly touched my heart! He is one of the angels watching over all of us and guiding our way. Sending love, light and giant hugs 💖😊🌹⭐
I agree with you that there is always a way to change our feelings of the moment by just getting up and move around. With this confinement it’s a must! Let’s do some jumping jacks right now,lol!
Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts Myriam! It truly is a must for sure. A couple of jumping jacks sounds good to me😊 Hope your next workout is a great one!💪
Great post! Resonates well with the times.
Thanks a lot Brandon! I appreciate your kind response to the post. Wishing you an awesome weekend!😊🌞🌈