We know you are more than busy. We know that the word “stressed” doesn’t even begin to explain how you are feeling. We know you have seen some of the worst things imaginable in the past several weeks, but we also know that while you are busy helping everyone else, someone needs to be able to help you. That’s what this blog series will attempt to do.
For the next few weeks, we will provide a few tips every Thursday that can be a quick read for you, but will hopefully give you some tools/exercises that can help keep you healthy during this incredibly difficult time.
Today we are going to talk about mindfulness.
Staying mindful during this time may be incredibly hard given all that you have seen and experienced, but if you can have solid self-awareness you will be able to process some emotions and know what your mental health and what your body are needing, rather than waiting until this passes and everything becomes overwhelming as the emotions hit you all at once.
How can you be mindful when you’re already so busy?
- Meditate. Yes, we know you don’t have much time during the day, but take three minutes before you head to work in the morning, or before you get out of your car, or before you fall asleep exhausted whenever you are able to. Focus on your breathing, try to clear your mind, relax your body, release your shoulders, release your tongue from the roof of your mouth, unclench your jaw. There are apps that can help!
- Practice self-care as much as you can. No, this may not mean taking time to take a bath because you probably don’t have that much time. But, make sure you are able to drink water, eat so your body has fuel, and if you find a spare five minutes, take that bath!
- Go offline. A lot of the time our first reaction to a spare few minutes is to check our phones. Don’t! There’s so much controversy and even more bad news than what you’re already dealing with. Just avoid it. Use those moments to do some of these other things, rather than using what little spare time you do have to fill it with more stress.
- Focus on the good. Yes, that seems near impossible currently. But, there are good things happening. People are improving and going home. Helpers are appearing and doing good deeds. And, focus on whatever time you have with your family or friends, even if it is virtually.
- Laugh. If you are going to grab your phone, look for some funny memes, look at goofy autocorrect fails, find the funny rather than opening yourself up to the stress. Laughing can help relax you and is a great break from the bad during the day.
And, remember, even though it seems never-ending, it will end eventually. Keep up the amazing work and make sure you are taking care of yourself so that when it is all over you are ok.