Do you find it hard to focus after scrolling through the news, listening to the radio or watching TV?
Does your chest feel tight when you think about what the future holds?
Are you experiencing "germxiety" and cleaning at a manic level?
Are you paranoid about you or someone close to you getting infected?
First of all let me just point out that all of these feelings are grounded in real fears. You didn't just fabricate them in your mind. In fact, this global crisis has unearthed almost all of the six basic fears that every human experiences:
- fear of death
- fear of ill health
- fear of loss of love of someone
- fear of criticism
- fear of old age
- fear of poverty
It it quite possible that many people will experience all six of these simultaneously during this pivotal time in history. You can read more about these in depth here.
I am writing this blog post to inject some hope and a sense of control back into your life right now.
Let's explore 6 practices you can adopt to put your mind and body at ease:
1. Spend your First Moments of the Day Doing one of these Mindfulness Exercises.
- guided meditation
- journaling your thoughts
- reading an inspirational book
- listening to a motivating podcast
This practice sets the tone for the entire day. Don't skip it. Rotate if you must, but don't skip. I do this before my feet hit the ground. It doesn't have to be long or formal.
2. Actually Get Dressed and Keep up your Personal Hygiene Habits, even if you are Working Remotely, Home with the Kids or Seeking Employment.
One of my former co-workers would wear a jacket and tie to work everyday--even Fridays--whether he had to be in court that day or not. He said when he didn't follow this morning routine, he felt his performance at work slip away. So take that shower, shave, put on a little makeup and leave the pj pants in the closet. But go ahead and wear those slippers to the zoom meeting. No one will notice.
3. Slip some CBD Oil in Your Morning Cup of Coffee or Under your Tongue.
CBD oil is all over the place right now. It is praised for it's ability to bring homeostasis to the body. Fans of CBD oil love it for increased focus, reduction in pain, elevation in mood, increased memory retention and its calming properties. All CBD is not created equal. Because the hemp plant is known for it's ability to filter contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides from the soil, it is important to know your CBD farmer so these poisons do not end up in your CBD oil bottle. The CBD company I recommend is transparent, affordable and 0 THC. Plus the flavors are yummy. Cinnamon CBD oil in your coffee is delish. My son loves the Citrus flavor best. Many friends prefer the Mint flavor.
4. Make Yourself Sweat--Preferably in the Sun.
Exercise is easier said then done, is it not? Plus right now the gym is closed. Don't sweat it though. Exercise doesn't have to be complicated. A walk around your neighborhood, riding bike with the kids or even 20 jumping jacks will get your lymphatic system moving and your heart pumping. Study after study proves that exercise is good for your mental health. Maybe you can even talk your former gym buddies or co-workers into a group exercise session on Zoom.
Bonus points if you take your workout outside. We all need the maximum amount of Vitamin D we can get right now to stay well. Natural Vitamin D is only found in a few food sources--egg yolks, fatty fish, beef liver and some cheeses. The only other source of it is sunlight on bare skin. So take that yoga mat to the patio or the backyard and break a sweat in the sun if you can.
5. Keep your Stress Hormones in Check.
Cortisol is the body's main stress hormone. Think of it as the alarm center of your body that is triggered by stress. In times like these, you may feel like your body is in a constant state of alarm. There are a few practices you can adopt that will help keep your stress hormones leveled off:
- Do rely on natural sunlight to wake you up by keeping your blinds open a crack. Sunlight releases cortisol needed to wake.
- Do limit your caffeine. Caffeine raises your cortisol levels, over and over and over......
- Do give up complaining. Attaching emotion to negative thoughts and then speaking them out loud raises corisol.
- Do use a calming essential oil when you start to feel alarmed. Our sense of smell is directly tied to our emotions. Aromatherapy studies prove that inhaling essential oils can calm our emotions in as little as 22 seconds.
- Do binge watch funny TV shows or movies--laughter is the best stress reliever right now. And if you're on the couch anyway....
6. Honor the Sacredness of Sleep.
Without sleep during this chaotic time, you will wear yourself out. If you're anything like me, the less sleep I get the crabbier I am with my loved ones and the more panicked I feel. Here are a few tips to get your zzzzzz:
- Take a relaxing detox bath with some epsom salts and baking soda.
- Play calming spa music to fall asleep.
- Drink some chamomile tea or pop a melatonin supplement 90 minutes before bed.
- Get your diffuser going with my Calm Mind Diffuser recipe.
- Shut off media 1 hour before bed.
- Write a letter or read a book or magazine to fall asleep.
One year from now we will look back on this time in history and remember how we responded in the day to day.
Click this link now to learn more about some of the tools I mentioned above to cope with stress, anxiety and sleep issues. https://getoiling.com/JaceyMesser/landing/calm-cbd-landing-page.
Seek Peace & Pursue It.