On that note, I’m not going to talk about safety precautions and sanitation. Please check out https://www.cdc.gov for expert advice on that.
What I would like to offer, though, is some expert stress relief. Uncertainty, even under normal circumstances, doesn’t feel good and can have us reacting in ways that are atypical to our practical and proven stress reduction habits. Right now, you might be experiencing sleepless nights, excessive worry, agitated response to others in neutral situations, or a sense of confusion, frustration, or anxiety.
Calming the autonomic nervous system is one of the best things you can do - both in the moment and long term - to help reduce the stress response. It helps rebalance and re-harmonize all of your body and mind systems, allowing you to be more fully present and insightful to what is needed. Uniting body and mind into more a coherent state allows you to calmly respond to your child’s questions, reschedule your day for priorities when working at home, sleep soundly, have natural energy without artificial additives, and regain a silver-lining perspective (there are many appreciations to be had).
To rebalance and re-harmonize, you’ll need to:
- Pause and find a comfortable place to sit (you can also stand). You don’t need to close your eyes (perfect for when you’re in conversation) but you can if you’d like (not when driving, please).
- Bring your attention to the area of your heart, the center of your chest.
- Start to take some deep, slow breaths, in and out of your nose. Slow the breath down to a perceptual level, perhaps to the count of 4 or 5. Take your time.Breathing might feel more hurried at the start but soon the gentle connection with the slower and deeper breaths will work its peaceful magic.
- Keep breathing like this for a few minutes or as long as it takes to feel more grounded and calm. Don’t worry about the busy mind… just keep a focus on the breath and body. It’s also nice to let your body relax every time you exhale… it’s a natural letting go.
- When you feel complete and balanced, begin to integrate back to your surroundings, asking yourself What’s Important Now (remember WIN from a few weeks back?)
- Do this several times as day and keep the practice going.
And if you could use additional support, please reach out. I’m here and available for a connected conversation, two ears and a big heart to listen, and specific tools that will support your specific needs. Don’t shy away and try to hold it all on your own. This virus requires a community to eradicate it so please reach out.
Sending you lots of Peace,