What a time we’re living in, am I right?! While it’s a time filled with a lot of uncertainty with the appearance of fear and emotional turmoil, it’s also a time of rebirth. It’s a time to become more mindful and proactive on an individual and collective level. And I want to support you in not only making the most of this time we’re being given, but I want to help you take the best care of yourself at this trying time on a holistic level.
As human beings, we tend to want what we don’t have, which has now been translated into a level of anxiety from the fact that we cannot come and go as we please, and it feels as though it’s playing a little heavier on our mental and emotional health. So what’s happening now is all the buried, unhealed unhealthy patterns (mentally, emotionally, physically), limiting beliefs, past wounds and traumas are now finding their way to the surface, making themselves known consciously not only due to the extra time on our hands, but the collective energy of healing that’s the theme right now. Whatever we feel now, whatever we are experiencing right now has always been there, but now a little bit more enunciated and in our faces. I want to help you make sense of it all.
If you know me, you know I’m all about blending the mystical with the practical, the modern with the esoteric. However if it helps, the mystical and esoteric is backed by science the more it’s understood! What I really want you to understand is that our physical health is predetermined by our mental and emotional health. Like a choreographed dance, the mind leads and the body follows. So what does this mean? It means that all dis-ease, illness, even viruses begin as a vibration (everything is energy remember?), and when we release a particular vibration through healing or making a change, the body is brought back into ease and what we know as wellness. Now some of these concepts might be new to you and that’s OK. Bear with me and allow me to break down some easy, mindful, and practical practices to take care of yourself now and beyond in holistic way!
This is a crucial time to be more mindful and pay extra attention & TLC to our mental & emotional health. What many of us are feeling is an extreme sense of loss of control over our lives, and an experience of containment and confinement. Maybe a feeling of powerlessness. This might be playing extra hard on anyone who already suffers from chronic anxiety and depression. So allow me to clarify the purpose of our current situation. If you look back on your life up until this point, and ask yourself honestly, how much control did you really ever have? We’re being asked to take a closer look in order to make the necessary adjustments to have the kind of life we really desire. The best semblance of control we do have is the power of self-awareness and self-inquiry. Some ways I recommend for a starting point would be through developing a journal practice, or simply learning practices of emotional intelligence. When something triggers you, there’s an experience that’s still claiming ownership of you. And when you feel the urge to respond from this place, take a moment and observe what’s coming up and question it. We always have control over how we perceive the world to be and how we respond. What’s coming up for a lot of people right now is a deeper range of emotion, and a surge at that! Unresolved feelings are finally making their way to the surface to be given movement and freedom. So whatever it is you feel right now, honor it and just be. Don’t judge it or feel the need to make sense of it. Your emotions are not your identity. Read that again. But there is a difference between feeling and allowing feelings like anger and fear to take hold of you and that’s not a place we want to stay.
Another practice recommended to me by my teacher and mentor is to do something for yourself before anytime someone asks you for something. Remember that we cannot pour from an empty cup! For example, if your kids or partner asks you to do something, you can do something as simple as having a glass of water which is an act of self-care!
We can also use our breath as medicine, hence a whole healing modality called breathwork! There are some easy practices to learn in order to assist you in grounding and centering yourself, even re-calibrating your nervous system. Kundalini yoga is a beautiful modality to look into which combines breath, meditation, movement, and mantra.
And of course there’s meditation. There’s a lot of misinformation around the topic out there so here are some key points. Meditation is a practice that connects you to something bigger than yourself and to a deeper part of yourself. While some people are into silent meditation as a consistent practice, it could be going for a walk out in nature or a form of movement (we’ll get to that more in a min). It’s a mind-body practices with a host of benefits which you can begin easily. I often recommend to any beginners to do the following – At the start of your day before you even open your eyes, practice taking a few deep, cleansing breaths, bringing your awareness to your heart space and through the body. Set the intention to breathe into a spots carrying tension. And then coming back to the heart, check in with yourself. Ask how you’re feeling and what you need that day. And allow yourself to be guided. You may have an inspired idea later on that will answer this question. This is also a beautiful practice to begin connecting with and developing your intuition, which we all have! This practice can take all of 5 minutes and can set your day up for success by releasing stress and overwhelm.
One piece of advice my mom always gave me was to focus on what’s in front of me. Don’t move onto the next thing or take up any mental space until that moment comes. Break things down into steps if you need to. Do your best to only focus on what you know you can control and trust that you are capable of handling anything else life throws your way.
If you feel the need to just ‘be’ one moment or one day, take that time. And when you feel the urge or inspiration to create, follow that. This is also the take to make the most of what comes up for you in that arena. Our current situation is also asking us to pivot. Look to any hobbies or talents as a new means for financial abundance. How can you step up and be of service for others in new and creative ways? Now’s the time to pursue.
Try to have as much as a routine as possible, especially making time and space for self-care practices throughout your day. If you are working from home at this time, take regular breaks to get up and stretch, keep a regular meal schedule, and try a pair of blue-light blockers if you’re spending a lot of time at a computer. I have a pair from Diff which I love! Do your best to wake up and go to sleep around the same times to keep your equilibrium intact.
After we tend to our emotional and mental health can we really focus on the improving the physical!
One of the ways to support ourselves right now and generally is through movement! And again, find a practice that works for you. Something that will keep your attention and help you stay committed and accountable. Dancing is a powerful practice not just in the realm of physical fitness, but helping any stuck or stagnant emotions and energy to move & release from our bodies. You don’t have to learn a routine or try zumba. First thing in the morning or anytime you find yourself doing a mundane chore like doing the dishes or folding laundry, blast your favorite music and have a sporadic dance party! No one’s watching you so go crazy. Allow yourself to move intuitively and go as hard or soft as necessary. Shake it off and cry it out. You’ll be amazed at the relief and freedom you’ll feel afterwards.
If you want to go a traditional route such as strength training or yoga, set up your space so it feels warm and inviting. I’ve found that so many studios have turned to virtual classes which gives the added benefit of connection and community. Lift some weights or do some squats while you binge your favorite show. When you go to do your yoga practice, try it in the evening. Create a mood by lighting some candles, incense, or diffusing some essential oils. This could also improve your sleep which is very important for us. 30 minutes 3x a week is all we need so no need for any sort of pressure.
Create self-care practices that make you feel nourished! I love creating spa days for myself, using face & hair masks and putting together salt baths with crystals, essential oils, and flowers! Play around with diy recipes like homemade coffee, salt, or sugar scrubs or face masks using the ingredients from your kitchen. Treat your family and friends by whipping up a batch for them too! Have some fresh herbs like eucalyptus and sage? Hang and dry them out to create your own cleansing smudge stick! Getting crafty is a beautiful way to connect to your inner child, expand & develop your creative energy, and support your manifestation practice.
Now let’s talk a little bit about immunity. I won’t go too in-depth here because I have another post where I go more in-depth with the best practices to boost your immune system, some of my fave supplements, and my personal homemade bone broth recipe! When we’re supporting ourselves internally by emotional healing and energy work, we have little use for physical supplements. However, they have their moments. One that I recommend above all else is a high-quality probiotic. Our immune system lives in the gut, and when that’s running smoothly we also have a better handle over our emotions. Another that can really support you in a digestive enzyme. Even if we have a whole-food based diet, we may not be fully absorbing the nutrients effectively which is where the enzyme comes in.
Keep your space clean! Having an organized and clutter-free space will not only help you feel more at peace, but dust can also hold stagnant energy and some lower vibrations! Pay attention to how you feel emotionally the next time you dust or clean an area. You can immediately feel more uplifted sometimes! This is also a perfect time to do a little Marie Kondo-ing and purge your home. Get rid of old documents, receipts, clothes that no longer fit or bring you joy, etc. And have fun with it! Play music and pour yourself your favorite bevvy! This will also free you up to bring in better, fresher energy and abundance.
Bringing some awareness and attention to the virus specifically now, I want to pass along some intuitive knowledge from my teacher that will help you stay vigilant and out of alignment to even contract it. Our energy works like a magnet that draws experiences that we are either a match for based on the beliefs we carry in the subconscious mind, or lessons we need to learn. These are the following “ingredients” that we need to pay attention that would make us a match. You’ll notice a few of them root back to our level of self-worth:
– The feeling or belief that we’re unable to protect ourselves in some capacity
– Feeling any sort of insignificance somewhere in our lives
– Feeling stuck or that things won’t/can’t improve or get better
– Not feeling recognized, heard, or seen. Not feeling worthy to speak your truth or take up space. You’ll notice that the virus is attacking our lungs & respiratory system which represents our ability to speak up or speak our truth
– Feeling like you’re not who you once were in a negative way
One of the purposes of this virus is to create the feeling that we have no control and create a reliance on people and things outside of ourselves. It wants us to feel isolated and dependent, and create a barrier to our intuition. So you’ll notice most of us feel a lot of these things yet it doesn’t necessarily make us a match! And this is where a good intuition practice comes in and will assist us in doing an internal inventory, which is something I’m able to help you develop. Just because we might be a match also does not mean we’ll contract anything! This also means that our “cure” lives inside of us and begins with a practice of self-awareness. It’s crucial not to give into any kind of fear, regardless of what you see or what’s happening around you. This is our time to learn how to become our own healer. Learn not to take everything at face value because there is always a bigger picture, especially right here right now. This is the great awakening you’ve heard everyone talk about. This is less about spirituality but more about learning how to live and thrive as a human being.
Try some of these practices to start calming your mind, grounding your emotions, and staying as healthy as possible. Find what works and leave what doesn’t, but allow yourself to be reminded that you do have control over how your life goes for you. We are each creating our lives with every thought and in every moment. Take it moment by moment and day by day and you’ll see results, you’ll witness real transformation, and most importantly, you’ll feel better. You’ll also inspire those around you which will create a ripple effect of more goodness, more love, and more positivity! I also invite you to revisit past blog posts where I’ve gone more in-depth on many of these practices and principles, and book a session with me if you’re looking for deeper support, more understanding, or feel the desire to take action.