At present it feels that there is much fear around as we hear repeated news updates about the spread of the coronavirus, here and world wide.
It is a challenging time and I especially feel for those who have lost jobs. Some of us are working from home and many of us have children and partners all at home trying to adapt -with I imagine various degrees of success.
However, I strongly feel that we need to keep our feet on the ground about it all. It is now a time to practice building our own resilience and modelling for our families, communities and workplaces that we will and are finding ways to navigate this current worldwide issue.
Also, I think missing from much of the dialogue is that our health is something we can support at the physical, psychological, emotional level and the spiritual. Yes the virus is spreading and we need to do what we can to prevent the further spread. But it’s also important to seek to find ways to be resilient, to dig deep and look at how we can find support for ourselves and each other.
Here are some tips I have found helpful:
The Virus –what we can do:
Firstly, the obvious; staying away from affected areas and ensuring that we don’t spread the virus further. We can do this by not having contact with others and practising social distancing. The problem with this virus is that we don’t always know who has it and that is why practising social distancing where possible is our best defense.
We also need to keep our hands clean and watch coughs and colds!! All the advice you need is on the HSE website
The Fear -what we can do
Some say, like crime, that the fear of the virus is worse than the virus itself.
We need to find ways to counteract the fear without being careless. By this I mean that fear isn’t good for our health, it takes its toll on our bodies and lowers our immunity. Plus it makes it very hard to be creative and collaborate with our friends, families and neighbours.
1)Practice being grounded -this could mean meditating, walking, getting out into nature and feeling the ground under your feet. Other practices such as cooking, sport or whatever we do to engage our bodies can also be grounding. But inner practices such as meditating, yoga and pilates are particularly important at this time to ensure we stay centred in ourselves and to access our deeper more spiritual resources.
2) Remember our health is not static but is something we can support and influence through our lifestyles, the food we eat, the exercise we take and also through our thoughts and feelings. Neuroscience is now clearly demonstrating that how we feel and think about anything affects the outcome. Let’s use this to our advantage and decide that we are going to respond creatively and resiliently to this current crisis.
3) Let’s find ways to collaborate with each other at this current time. We can use this time to network, share resources and perhaps check up on an elderly neighbour or someone who might need our help or support.
4) Be mindful of our conversations, our choice of words and thoughts. The more we talk about the fear circulating the virus, the more we give it strength.
Personally, it helps me to remember that we are not alone in this. It is affecting almost everyone the world over and many in very drastic ways. Things are changing and we can only trust and believe that we will come out of this period in history stronger and more resilient and more in touch with love and with the truth of who we really are.