3) Nourish and Nurture Yourself
When we get worried, busy or afraid, we:
- forget to take care of ourselves.
- focus on problems and bad news.
So take time regularly to ‘feed’ your body, mind and spirit.
Your Physical Self
- Eat food and drink liquids that make your body feel good
- Remember to take breaks to eat + drink. When you do, give yourself to time to really enjoy it. Mindfully savour each bite and each sip.
- Don’t be afraid about turning to ‘comfort foods’, but do so in moderation
- Be gentle and compassionate with yourself when you over-do it
Resource: How to take a bite out of stress
- Shift from "consuming to appreciating"
- Watch your energy level, in whatever you're doing. Ask yourself: "Is this draining me or making me feel heavier?" "What enlivens me and helps me feel lighter?"
- Listen to your energy and body rhythms, and go with them
- When feeling tired, take a rest or nap. (You actually have time now!)
- When you feel stagnant or restless, get up and move.
- Make time to get outside (if you are permitted to)
- If you are housebound, think of what physical activities would bring you energy and joy, such as dancing (yes, even by yourself: a party for one), singing, playing music, tai chi, body movement
- While watching TV, consider doing some gentle (or active) exercises – e.g. stretching, yoga, walking, movement. (This helps keep the mind stay clearer and the body healthier.)
Your Mental/Emotional Self
- Look for inspiration and hope around us...
(yes, including the coronavirus: see our Good News and Hope page)
- Think of activities that would bring you:
- joy, laughter...
- rest, recuperation...
- stillness, gratitude...
- How could you bring more play into your day?
- Would you like to listen to more music?
- Look for the beauty around you, whether indoors or outdoors
- Notice when you are starting to become ‘attached’ or ‘addicted’ to food, TV, news, etc. and take time away from them.
- Be mindful of what feels unhealthy and de-energizing, and turn to things that increase your peace, energy or vitality
- Consider using this as a time to slow down, reflect and be less busy. Have you been wanting to read, write poetry, paint, or do something you love? Are there things you’ve ‘been waiting to do’? Could you use this time to do some of these?
Your Spiritual Self
Don't worry about or get hooked on the word 'spiritual'. Think of the part of you that:
- is larger/greater than your physical self
- feels you are here for something more
- needs inspiration, stillness, peace, wonder, awe, love...
How will you feed this part of yourself?
Below are some Free Resources you might enjoy
10 of the World’s Best Museums You Can Virtually Tour Right Now
A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, music and more
National Film Board of Canada, 4000 Free Movies
(Didn't someone once say it's "the best medicine"?)
Pluto's Advice from the four leggeds for the coronavirus
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards:
Gallery of Winners and Finalists
Visualizations / Imagery / Meditations
for health, wellness, peace, calm
Belleruth Naparstek, Health Journeys
- this international pioneer of Guided Imagery is offering a free daily guided visualization / meditation. New ones each day at Noon.
Eli Bay, Relaxation Response Institute
- see our Self Care page for a relaxation exercise by this Canadian stress management pioneer
- a world-respected Buddhist monk, teacher, author
- one of today's mostly appreciated mindfulness teachers, with meditations specifically about coping with COVID-19
Tara Brach + Jack Kornfield
A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus,
Part of "Resilience in Challenging Times" from SoundsTrue.com
Meditate with Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Deepak Chopra
Join Deepak, Oprah, and millions of meditators around the world to find peace of mind in the midst of turmoil, and do your part to help our global community find hope and optimism.