Besides desperately needing a hair cut and getting a bit stir crazy every now again, I’ve been doing surprisingly well during this time. And the reason this comes as a bit of a surprise? Had this COVID madness happened a few years back, I would have been anything BUT calm, cool, and collected., which is a huge testament to the personal work I’ve done.
That’s not to say I don’t have bad days or tough moments, but I’m able to move through these thoughts and feelings much more freely and with less resistance.
For those that aren’t doing well? I hear you, I see you, and I’m here to share what has been working for me so that you may find little snippets of inspiration on how to continue moving forward with a bit more grace and ease. Upon reflection, these are some key habits that have kept me sane:
Meditation, meditation, and more meditation.
I cannot tell you how much this has transformed my day-to-day. I’m able to separate myself from the chatter in my mind, assess what thoughts are my ego vs my true self, connect to my higher wisdom, and calm my nervous system all in about 15 minutes. Usually, I only do this once per day, but I’ve switched to meditating 2x (morning and night) and it has been the perfect way to start and end my day.
I’m honoring the hell out of my feelings.
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in the past is to bypass certain feelings because I thought they were “bad” and I needed to stay “positive”. Big yikes. Your feelings are guiding you. Think of them as your little inner compass! If you continue to ignore that compass and keep moving in the wrong direction, you’re just going to get more lost. I’m consistently checking in with myself whenever I start to feel “off” and ask, “What caused me to start feeling this way?” “Oh right, I just spent way too much time reading the news. Let’s not do that again.”
I’m learning how to rely on myself in a big way.
I’m quarantined alone, which on the surface, seems harder than being quarantined with others. But truthfully? It’s been pretty damn amazing. I’m using this as a big invitation to get to know myself better and BOY has that been fun. Being an introvert, my energy thrives on alone time so staying creative by drawing, painting, listening to music, and drafting ideas for what I want to continue talking about on this account has filled my spirit up. As they say, the most important relationship is the relationship you have with yourself. I’m more deeply feeling what it’s like to live life just for me which will only strengthen every relationship in my current life and any relationships that show up in my future.
I’m taking this time as an invitation to deepen my spiritual practice.
Everything shows up in our lives for a reason. We are all deeply connected to what is currently going on, and folks now more than ever are starting to ask those big life questions of why this is all happening. I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know why this is showing up for us, but if you are asking those big questions and feeling the need to connect to something bigger than yourself, I invite you to explore the hell out of this. Or if you already have a spiritual practice, now is the time to take a deep dive into it. Connecting to this does wonder for our health and overall well being. Feeding your soul is just as important as feeling your body with proper nutrition. It’s easy to think this kind of connection is separate from our overall health and well being, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I’m sending love out to anyone who took the time to read this, and I hope at least some of this message resonated 💕