What if you took a Mental Health Day Away from Covid-19?

What if you took a Mental Health Day Away from Covid-19?

What if you distanced yourself away from the news, other people’s opinions, empty store shelves and social media for just one day?

It is fair to say that we are all suffering from Covid-19 Overwhelm. Too much of anything is never a good thing and sometimes too much information can send you down the rabbit hole. I am also a firm believer that if information needs to get to you, it will find you.

Under normal circumstances we all deal with  varying levels of stress in our day-to-day lives, but throw in a pandemic, and there are many new layers of stress added personally, professionally, emotionally and even physically. Anytime you feel that your stress level is about to reach its peak, it is time to hit the reset button. What if you took a day and hit the reset button?

What if you took a Mental Health Day Away from Covid-19What if you hit the reset button by turning off the news on your TV or electronic devices? The same news will be there tomorrow. And as I said before, I am a firm believer that if information needs to get to you, it will find you.

What if for a day you ignore any text messages from friends or family that have to do with the virus? And likewise, what if YOU refrain for a day from sending or forwarding around any text messages to friends or family that have to do with health information, funny memes or do I dare say a “designated Corona Prayer?” Don’t take this the wrong way, we should ALL be praying during this time but there is no “one-size-fits-all” prayer that if the chain gets broken by someone not forwarding it we are all screwed.

What if for a day you stayed out of the store? Looking at empty shelves that are missing necessities doesn’t help anybody’s stress level. Observing others dashing in and out of aisles like the virus is going to “bite them” while they are stocking piling for the end of the world can get under one’s skin and get in your head, too.

This may be the hardest suggestion yet, but what if you don’t participate in anything on social media that has to do with the Corona Virus for just a day? And by this I mean, you aren’t giving your time, energy or attention to any so-called (debatable) stats and facts, memes, images or news stories that appear in your news feed. What if you refrained from beating others over the head about how they need to be staying home with your posts, comments and temporary profile picture? (I get it, you feel that by spreading the word you are helping the situation or feel that you have a piece of control when everything seems out of control, but really, you are just beating more people up who are already feeling down. The ones who are not staying home or social distancing are not at home on social media to see you telling them to stay at home!)

Take a mental health day and do something that you enjoyed doing before all of the started. Do something that you find to be relaxing, try to rest, or try something that you have always wanted to do.  I promise that you will feel more balanced if you distance yourself from the news, information and the many opinions surrounding the virus and the fall out around it.  Even if it is just for a day, try to ignore it and leave it in a corner like a misbehaved child and go fill your head with something else.

Forty Ways to Keep Busy

spending timeQuarantine for many is terrifying. Maybe you are finding yourself with more time on your hands than what you are used to?   Maybe you feel that you have less time? Time is a gift and we get to choose how we use it. Here is a list of 40 things that you can do to honor the time that you have been given.

  1. Get plenty of rest. (Rest keeps your body and mind healthy and strong.)
  2. Bake something. If you make a double batch, share with someone. Baking can also help with stress as some find it to be calming and soothing.
  3. Be present. To be present means to have your focus, your attention, your thoughts you’re your feelings all on the task is at hand. You are present when you let go of the past and you don’t focus on the future.
  4. Check-in with family, friends, and neighbors to see how they are doing. You can see if anybody needs anything.
  5. Clean your home, vehicle, and garage. A messy, dirty, or cluttered space can make a person feel anxious and less focused.
  6. De-clutter cabinets, drawers and closets. Clutter is nothing but unprocessed memories. Clear the clutter and give what you no longer need away. If you aren’t able to donate items, put them aside in a box and when you hear of someone needing something, go to that box and give  what is in need away.
  7. Detox your social media feeds and contacts. You are what you read and come in contact with every day. Social media is a magnet for negativity and fear and it has the ability to ignite panic and false information at an exponential rate. Protect your own energy and mental state by unfriending, un-following, hiding posts and/or muting people who spread negativity and fear into your world.
  8. Educate yourself on how to preserve food.
  9. Email or call local non-profit organizations in your area and ask how you can be of assistance.
  10. Establish a community garden where you live.
  11. Exercise your intuition and learn to trust it. We all have intuition. Gut feelings are intuition.
  12. Fill your home or space with positive energy. Play music, open the windows to let fresh air in, pull back the curtains to let natural light flow in, invite nature in with houseplants, hang things that make you happy, or add some color around you.
  13. Find a personal mantra or daily prayer that you can say when you get up in the morning or throughout your day. A personal mantra is an affirmation to motivate and inspire you to be your best self. It is typically a positive phrase or statement that you use to affirm the way you want to live your life.
  14. Find things or do things that make you laugh.
  15. Get familiar old fashioned remedies that you already have in your cabinets with things like apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, baking soda, cinnamon and turmeric (to name a few).
  16. Get moving! Exercise, walk, move your body or dance.
  17. If you are religious, use this time to strengthen your relationship with your God/Creator. If you are spiritual, use this time to strengthen your spirituality.
  18. If/when you start planting your garden, plant a little extra for neighbors and strangers.
  19. Incorporate gratitude into your day. Go for a walk and in your head think about what you are grateful for, or before you go to bed at night, recite a list and give thanks for what you are grateful for.
  20. Incorporate uplifting sound into your day through music, chanting or church hymns.
  21. If you have children, have them journal as well.
  22. Learn deep breathing techniques. Deep breathing can decrease stress, stimulate the lymphatic system and increase both immunity and energy.
  23. Learn to meditate. Meditation clears the mind, calms the body and helps with decision making.
  24. Look around your home for ways you can scale back on your water and electrical use.
  25. Observe how much food you waste and make changes accordingly.
  26. Offer support to first responders, hospital workers, and public health officials in your area.
  27. Organize old family photos. (If you have children, teach them about relatives in old photos.)
  28. Read the books you have never started. Re-read books that you already have read.
  29. Reconnect your body to the earth. This is also known as grounding (or earthing). Grounding neutralizes free radicals. One way to ground is to walk barefoot outside.
  30. Research and get familiar with the term “Mutual Aid.” Imagine living it.
  31. Search your home for items that you can fix or repurpose instead of throwing away.
  32. Share whatever you have with another.
  33. Smile at others.
  34. Spend time outside in nature.
  35. Start something you have always wanted to start like a hobby, an organization or a skill set.
  36. Take the time to write a letter or send a card to somebody who matters to you. Teach your children how to write a letter or note and mail it off.
  37. Teach yourself to play an instrument.
  38. Throw your weight behind anyone willing to take on difficulty for the well-being of the collective.
  39. Unsubscribe from email and mail solicitations that you no longer need or want.
  40. Use this time to release grudges and forgive those who you think have wronged you.

How are you spending your time? Drop me a line or comment below to let me know.

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It has been Suggested that we “Prep” for “Significant Disruption” for the Arrival of the Impending Coronavirus. Are you Prepping? Would you Like to Know How I am Preparing?

Today, I had a Google alert ping my phone with a warning that the CDC put out stating that Americans should start preparing for not “if” but “when” the Coronavirus is going to disrupt our lives here in the States.

Everyday this virus is becoming more and more dramatic in the media and on social media which is spreading fear and creating chaos. Locally, the other day, I was in the grocery store and the few people who I was with at the checkout where discussing “what-ifs” if they were to contract the virus. And regularly my kids are coming home from school sharing what they have heard at school from classmates (out of the mouths of babes) about the Coronavirus which is mostly inaccurate information.

teaI don’t want to come across that I am making light of a virus that has been dangerous for the very old, the very young, and those who have a weak immune system and has unfortunately claimed a lives.  This “fire drill” however, is giving me flashbacks to the Swine Flu (which was considered a “Flu Pandemic” back in 2009, which everyone panicked about), as well as the Bird Flu, the Zika Virus, Ebola, and let’s not forget SARS and MERS.

As I write this today, in China, more than 50 million people are on lockdown as authorities race to try to contain the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus that has killed at least 80 people and infected thousands of others so far. News of the virus has prompted some concern in the United States, but a more common virus is posing a greater threat to Americans — the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses for the 2019-2020 season, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths in the U.S. The CDC reports there have been 54 reported flu-related pediatric deaths this season from Influenza B viruses.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness globally and kills up to 650,000 people annually.

I am not a doctor so this isn’t actual medical advice, but would you like to know how I am prepping for my family? At this time, I am making sure that I have the following on hand, (which we already do, as it is flu and cold season): Tea, water and soup (fluids), Tylenol/cookies and wineIbuprofen, Vitamin C, Elderberry Syrup, and an essential oil roller bottle mixture that I refer to as a “flu and cold bomb” (that I put on my kids or myself whenever we start to feel under the weather). Perhaps I will also make sure that I have a bottle or two of wine on hand, and a box or two of Girl Scout Cookies in the event the event that we have to hunker down. Panic is not part of my prep process.

All kidding aside, in our household, we are taking this “warning” in stride.  How about you?

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Empaths can Remove Accumulated Energy by Taking a Shower or a Bath

This is a tip that I learned as an Empath, but you don’t need to be an Empath in order to benefit from it. We all pick up energy throughout our day. Empaths are sponges and pick up the energy from others.  Empaths pick up energy at work, at the store, while sitting in traffic, as well as from each person you interact with, and even from what we watch on T.V. or listen to on the radio. The energy you pick up accumulates in your body and can lead to fatigue, physical aches and pains and even anxiety. A quick way to cleanse and get rid of this accumulated energy is to immerse yourself in water or to take a shower. (Of course a dip in the ocean or mineral spring is also nice, but not necessarily easily accessible to everyone.)

If you choose to take a bath, you may wish to add sea salt, Epsom salt, and/or essential oils to the water. If it is a shower that you prefer, you can visualize the water from the shower head being a gold or white light washing over your body. (I find this to be re-charging.) Then, as the water runs off your body you can visualize energy that isn’t yours, (or any energy that is negative) washing away down the drain. You can also ask out loud that “any energy that isn’t yours, or which is not serving your highest good, be washed away.” It is as simple as that.

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A Little Space (Away From Negative or Toxic People) Never Hurt Anybody

Do you ever find yourself drained, crabby or stressed after being around negative or toxic people? I have found that simply moving away from the source of negativity does wonders for me.

What is a negative or toxic person you ask? Well, they tend to be people who have issues with maintaining relationships. They judge others, dwell on the past, they can never be wrong and tend to be brown-nosers.

These types of people like to be the center of attention, even if it is negative attention. They will do anything to get you to pay attention to them and to see their point of view, even if they tell you lies or fib to you.  They also tend to leverage themselves into a position (sometimes as an “expert”) where people have but no choice but to pay attention to them.

Negative or toxic people tend to either stir up drama or feed off of others, and at times will even help it to manifest. They like to withhold information that can be a benefit to others. They also like to blame others for their circumstances.

Do you know anyone who fits this bill?? A relative? A co-worker? A hair-dresser? A class-mate? A stage mother? A sports parent? A drinking buddy?

It is nearly impossible to avoid negative or toxic people all together, especially at social gatherings, in the workplace, at school or church functions, or at your child’s extracurricular activities. Did you know that physical the physical proximity of a negative or toxic person can affect you? With that said, I have found it extremely effective to distance myself physically from such people. And by distancing I mean at least twenty feet or more. In cramped quarters, that isn’t always possible but in the least, it is helpful to avoid as much contact as possible with negative or toxic people. Give yourself permission to change where you are sitting, stand on a different side of the room, or take frequent breaks from the crowd if need be. Sure, it can come off looking anti-social or snobby, but I have let go of being worried about what other people think as my own energy, or how I feel physically, outweighs other people’s opinions. And really, if it is a negative person that one is trying to avoid, that person isn’t giving you a second (positive) thought anyway. Right?

Give distancing a try and let me know how it works for you. Do you notice a difference? What was the situation that you were in and how did you make space between you and a toxic person or crowd? You can reply in the comments section below or join the discussion on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HealRiseUpandAscend