By Layla Haqqanni
During this very strange time of self-isolation, it is very easy to become uneasy. We are living in a time of uncertainty and are not sure when this will all be over, leaving us feeling anxious and off-center. We want to help you counteract these tendencies by offering some of our favorite peace-promoting practices. Here are a few ideas you can try to help get reconnected with yourself. Let us know if you have any of your own peaceful practices in the comments below!
Get Some Fresh Air
This is something we are guilty of taking for granted before quarantine started. There’s something about getting some fresh air and little sunlight that can almost instantly change your mood. We recommend stepping outside for at least a few minutes a day (of course being mindful of the 6 feet rule!) and taking some deep breaths, clearing your head, and focusing on your spirit.
If you have never practiced meditation, this is a great time to start. What once were hectic and busy schedules have now turned into slow and leisurely days. We never had the time before to slow down and really focus on clearing our minds. Try using an app on your phone (we love the Calm app) to help guide your meditation if you are unfamiliar with it. There are also some great videos on YouTube!
Take up a Hobby
Take up a hobby to get your mind off things. Whether it be cooking, sewing, bike riding, painting, you name it! Hobbies are a great way to distract yourself from the craziness of the world right now. If you have ever wanted to learn a certain skill or learn about something out of curiosity, now if the perfect time.
If you are anything like us, you have heard of a gratuity list, you have friends that do it, you’ve always meant to do it, but never got around to actually making it apart of your everyday routine. Take a moment each day, we recommend in the morning to help you get your day started off on a positive note, and jot down 5 things you are grateful for. It can be as simple as your bed, or the breakfast you are about to have. We often get down on ourselves and a gratitude list helps you realize that even though things aren’t perfect, we still have many things to be grateful for. A gratitude list also helps us realize that there are people out there less fortunate than us, who would be lucky to be in your position right now.
Move your Body
This one is equally important to do when the world is normal, however, moving your body and getting your blood flowing is especially beneficial in times like these. Getting exercise is proven to improve your mental health and can boost your mood, help ease anxiety and depression, decrease stress, and increase self-esteem. If you are not as jazzed about this particular peace-promoting idea and find yourself much more comfortable on the couch, start slow and just walk up and down your stairs a few times. Or go on a 15-minute walk around the block. Gradually increase your activity and be aware of how exercise is making you feel over time, physically and mentally.