As much as there is some truth in what the authorities tell us, there is also some truth in what are deemed to be conspiracy theories. Regardless of where you choose to find the balance, Covid-19 has had an impact on your life.
The impact may have been directly or indirectly. I am not just talking about the fact that we have reached the stage where we all know someone that has either had Covid-19 or that has sadly passed as a result of it.
The Lockdown regulations that keep changing have changed the way you live. It has changed the way you go about your everyday life.
Its great that you are able to attend a meeting (on Zoom) without pants on and no one would know. There is no traffic on the way to work as you work from home or for those of you who find it challenging to switch off, you live at work.
There is good and bad in every situation. Seeing the brighter side does help your mood.
For almost a year now, I have adapted to the changes. I chose to see the bright side of Lockdown and Covid-19. Perhaps by doing that, it was a form of denial. The impact of Covid-19 and Lockdown is real.
It was only this weekend that I finally chose to consciously acknowledge the impact that it has on my life from an emotional perspective.
As much as I had been denying it, Lockdown and Covid-19 has changed me. Just the awareness and acknowledgement has helped explain the changes in mood, increase in anxiety and restrictions I have placed on myself.
How do you adapt to a world that will never we the same going forward? It’s like that fear of the unknown but on steroids.
Acknowledging the impact the global pandemic has had on you. Allowing the emotions that arise without judgement. For example if you feel anxious, recognise where you feel it in your body (if you are able to). Experience it and release it.
Taking in one day at a time.
Remembering that you have a choice. You choose how you spend your time and how long you are impacted by emotions. You are far more powerful that you realise.
Breathing activates the vagus nerve. Which in turns activates the parasympathetic nervous system, thereby reducing the stress response in your body.
Physical movement. Being it moving from one room to the next. Changing your physical space helps create a different perspective. Physically shaking releases stress and tension held in the body. Exercise releases endorphins which release feel good hormones and aid in reframing the current situation.
Singing, humming, chanting and gargling all produce sound vibrations within your body. Sound has the ability to restructure water molecules. You are approximately 70% water. Listen to some music or create sound yourself. Allowing the vibration to shift the emotion.
From the above-mentioned suggestions – choose the ones that resonate with you. You and your body are wiser that you give yourself credit for. If you are compassionate with yourself, it will be clear what you need to love, care and nurture yourself.
There is so much happening globally and the impact is far reaching.
Be kind to yourself.