Thankfully COVID-19 is not as prevalent as it was before.
These ideas, first written at the beginning of the pandemic, are still relevant as the world continues to struggle with challenging times. Some of these ideas are timeless for improved wellness.
Time to nurture relationships
Time is precious and nebulous.
- Take time to get to know those in your home more by listening, playing board games, spending quiet time together, reading, singing, dancing … enjoy this time together.
- If you are on your own, be sure to reach out to others as needed — it’s a good reminder that we’re in this life together.
- Call older friends, relatives, and neighbors and bring cheer to their day. Offer help if you’re able to and if it’s needed.
- Contact friends and colleagues by text, call, email, zoom, and letter just to “check in.”
Be sure to take time for you, too, in your daily routine. Can you add something into your schedule that brings self-calming into your day? Consider deep breathing, stretching, rocking in a chair, bouncing on a therapy ball, meditation, listening to beloved music, journaling, being in nature …
Our emotional system can be taxed in many ways and needs emotional support. I try to do daily meditation, qigong (combines movement, meditation, and breathing), and a walk every day. Going outside or opening your windows for fresh air is important. Try to keep a nurturing environment.
I encourage you to schedule movement breaks throughout your day. Consider what types of movement you like and build them into your schedule — they’ll help with focus and health. I set a timer when I need to do more concentrated, seated work, so I do 45 minutes of intense focus and then take a (stretch) break for 5–10 minutes. Stretching nightly and keeping a gratitude journal helps me wind down and sleep better as well.