Doing the best we can
OK, let’s get things in perspective. This pandemic is a crisis, the likes of which we’ve never experienced. We’re cooped up, inevitably a tad stir crazy. But if you’re reading this, chances are you’re holding up as well as can be expected.
Priorities have radically shifted these past few weeks, and it’s more vital than ever to look after ourselves right now. So we can get through this, and help others through as best we can.
For most, the stresses and strains of lockdown has inevitably meant we’ve dropped the ball drop in a few areas. We’ve called up our survival strategies. We’re in crisis mode. And it’s easy to let the idea of self-care blur and slip into old habits. Especially excessive comfort eating, which might have got the upper hand of late. Especially if your corner store is running a 2-for-1 on sticky toffee pudding. (I know, I speak from experience!)
Wellness is fundamentally about balance. Some health practitioners liken the body to an empty jar which we fill up with all kinds of food, good and not-so-good. Most of us can tolerate a bit of the not-so-good, allergies and medical conditions notwithstanding. But if we keep on pouring in unhealthy stuff, the jar soon overfills and our system goes out of whack.
That’s when we get various signs and symptoms we’ve overdone it, which affect us all in different ways, depending on our Achilles heel.
We lose our lustre, our energy levels slump, our skin reacts, our whole body reacts, sleep suffers, the pounds pile on in places where they usually pile on, and we may start to get ill. These are some of the ways nature let’s us know we’re off-track. (Clue’s in the word dis-ease.)
Bring back ease
How to get back on track? It’s obvious and simple. Rebalance. Bring back the ease. What’s the kindest, most effective way to do this? Disrupt your current holding pattern and snatch a bit of time out from the mayhem. Deliberate ‘you-time’ to take stock. It’s not being selfish. It’s being skilful.
On your yoga mat, your meditation cushion or the cosy couch with a cuppa. Or if home’s too crazy, go for a (wide) stroll in the park and breathe. Whatever brings you back to yourself.
Turn it around
Done with awareness and good motivation, just doing this might be enough to turn things around, to inspire us to be better to ourselves (and others), and regain the balance we desperately need. Often, just the act of clearing space for ourselves brings the clarity we need to right ourselves. Because usually we know better than anyone else what we need to do, and what we need to reign in.
There’s no great panacea. No huge resolve. No need to beat yourself up or completely change tack. Just a little clarity, a little gentle discipline, small changes, so we can make better moment-by-moment choices. Healthier choices. To inspire us to make more quality time, more ease, more exercise, more lightness, more humour, more joy in these tough weeks and months.
Wishing you the very best.