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I am writing this to you on March 19th, 2020, when what it feels like the whole world as we know it is falling apart. With a world-wide pandemic affecting our lives on multiple levels, most of us are constantly adjusting to the changes and trying to keep our head above water.
My kids are currently quarantined from school for (at least) the next 4 weeks. Per city officials, we are advised to stay in our houses, unless it’s absolutely necessary to travel. We have made a decision to self quarantine for 2 weeks, and we’re staying put, with the exception to a daily walk .
Most businesses are shutting down here in Houston as well. That includes places like libraries, restaurants, malls, courts, and any other public places. Even Ernie closed his office for the next two weeks and turned his legal secretary into a part time VA by sending her home with a printer and a phone.
As we are figuring out how to survive the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, both in terms of health and the economy, I’m jumping in with a few thoughts on how to stay sane while in isolation at home.
With both myself and few of my clients being in isolation, my hope is that the list below will help us get through this with more ease and grace.
I want you to know that I believe that things will bounce back and together we’ll make it through this.
My #1 advice for you is still to hold strong as many years ago:
“Feeling good is all that matters, feeling good is the work”
Research shows that positive emotions raise immunoglobulin levels, while stress and fear lower them. Positive emotions and high immunoglobulin are associated with reduced rates of respiratory tract infection (Reid et al., 2001).
As people panic worldwide, it’s worth remembering that a critical factor in whether or not you get sick is the strength of your immune system. High levels of immunity mean lower risk for disease.
With that said, prioritize your self care above all else, do things that fuel your soul, body, mind, and heart now, more than in any other time. The list below will help you stay more grounded and at peace, even when it feels like the whole world is falling apart.
I practice most of the self-care techniques below on a daily basis. Pick at least one thing a day and put it on your calendar. Remember, your well-being is non negotiable, plus it strengthens your immune system.
10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO KEEP YOU SANE THROUGH A TIME OF CRISIS
I know you’ve heard it dozens of times, but let this reminder be one “last drop” to help you commit to daily exercise, which is good for both your mental and physical well-being. We go for a 30-minute walk daily now. In addition to that, we do this 8-minute Dr. Mercola’s Nitric Oxide Release Workout, that Ernie jokingly nicknamed “Crazy arms,” click here to see why. It was designed by Dr. Mercola and was originally introduced to me by a colleague and friend of mine, Nicola Vitcovitch.
I don’t know about you, but these days I am tired through midday and require a nap daily. I think it’s partially because in a fast changing environment, our brains are working in a different capacity and at least 50% of my subconscious minds are trying to figure out a strategy for what’s next. As a result, I feel tired and need to reset. If you feel the same, give yourself permission to take a nap (or two) throughout the day.
Tapping has been scientifically proven to improve your immune defense system. In one study, a combination of EFT tapping and EcoMeditation raised immunoglobulins 113% in a week (Bach et al., 2019). In another study, just two days of tapping raised immunoglobulins 27% (Groesbeck et al, 2018). Check out this tapping meditation by Dawson Church its called “Fear of Infectious Disease ” and incorporates EFT and EcoMeditation. Imagine doubling your levels of immunity in a week!
4. Read the Bible & pray
Or connect with God/Higher Source in a way that resonates with you often. The Bible has been a source of strength for Ernie, just as much as tapping has been for me. Now, in addition to tapping we’ve started a daily morning ritual with kids: Bible study. After breakfast we gather on the couch and take turns reading a passage. It feels bonding, connecting, and grounding.
In times of chaos, a sense of order can be surprisingly soothing. We’ve done a bit of de-cluttering, like: organized our pantry and we’ll “attack” the kid’s room tomorrow. While stuck in the house, find a corner or two to tidy up and notice how much better that makes you feel compared to watching news non-stop.
6. Call a friend/family member
Or text them. I called a few and some reached out to me. My family is in Russia, and I do my best to check in with them daily to keep them posted. Make an effort. Be a helper. Don’t wait for them to reach out. You never know how far a kind word goes. Pick up a phone and check in today.
This is one of the most healing and spirit lifting things you can do. We love to play and sit down for a board game almost daily. We play Catan, Monopoly, Pictionary, Bananagrams, Rummikub and many others. We’re also talking about going out for some tennis this week.
Is very soothing and can take your mind off things that are heavy. Color, draw, make things out of beads, do some cross stitching, play (or listen to) music, dance, do some diamond painting (reply and let me know if you are want to learn more; this is my favorite form of art now). Diamond painting kits are available on Amazon.com for under $10/kit, and they are dozens of hours of fun.
9. Create a crisis contingency plan.
Planning gives me great peace of mind. When things are going south and you won’t have access to your paycheck for a while, having a plan is extremely helpful. My husband and I made one a couple of days ago, and looking at the “worst of the worst” plan z, gave us a sense of relief.
10. Take a Bubble bath.
It’s the little things you know…
Above all, remember:
“Worry is a prayer for chaos”
Keep your thoughts and feelings on as high a vibe as humanly possible. Otherwise, give yourself permission to fall apart. It’s all only temporarily anyway. And it’s all going to work out.
All my love,
P.S. I’ll be leading a tapping round on FB live tomorrow at 11.00 am CST, Friday 3/20 on dealing with fear, uncertainty and anxiety. Together we’ll get through this. Join me here.
P.P.S. Need a bit more of 1-1 support? Just reply and let me know. I still have a couple of special 2-for-the-price-of-1 Faster EFT sessions available (open to both new and existing clients), in case you’d like to grab it.