Due to the current pandemic, our physical, mental, emotional stress have increased, and a healthy lifestyle is important in boosting our immune system and to recover faster when we get ill.
These tips will help you get started in taking better care of yourself:
Take time to listen to what your body and mind need. Show yourself compassion no matter how you are responding. It is ok. Simply acknowledge our current situation and be aware that normal reactions to this uncertainty are to be expected. We are all human, be patient with yourself during this time.
We know that sleep, nutrition, and exercise are often the first things to go when we are managing a lot of stressors. It is important to care for our bodies during this time.
Look into strategies that can help you manage stress like breathing, mindfulness strategies, and connecting with supportive others.
Think back to challenging times in your life and draw upon how you were able to cope. Employ these strategies.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique is a breathing pattern developed by Dr. Andrew Weil. It’s based on an ancient yogic technique called pranayama, which helps practitioners gain control over their breathing.
The following steps should all be carried out in the cycle of one breath:
When you inhale again, you initiate a new cycle of breath. Practice this pattern for four full breaths.
Social media can be negative, news can be too much. Think about how much exposure you have.
Limit your exposure – stay informed, but if you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break.
Remember, knowledge is power but from reputable sources.