This is the time we should be rejoicing the arrival of Spring, however, Spring is being upstaged by the fear and need to protect ourselves, and our loved ones from COVID-19.
The fear is real and it impossible to ignore the impact it is having on our lives. Stay calm and don’t panic.
When you are feeling helpless to things which feel out of control, now is the time to practise mindfulness.
Be mindful of the anxiety and break it down into it’s working parts. Avoid letting it overwhelm you and inducing panic. Panic creates bad decisions, breathe and remember the steps on keeping healthy:
- Wash your hands – Be mindful of why you are doing this, feel the sensations of the warm water and soap, and appreciate you do this not only for yourself but for those around you.
- Avoid touching your face – This is something we (often unknowingly) do more than 20 times an hour, be mindful not to do this, instead concentrate on your palms and the soles of your feet, and feel positivity.
- Avoid touching those around you – instead of a hug, kiss, or handshake to those around you, keep some distance and wish them well, send loving-kindness their way.
- If you feel unwell stay at home (quarantine) – use this time to do the things you never normally have time to do, and reach out via phone or online to friends, family, and neighbours.
- You can still go out and walk your dogs even when isolating, use the time to notice things on your walk you haven’t before, Spring is still out there even in these times.
In many ways, COVID-19 has shown us just how similar and connected we really are. All of us—and some of us more than others—are vulnerable to getting sick, and our sense of independence and self-control has been challenged. We have seen how mass panic puts more people at risk, and that globally we are all one.
Practising mindfulness as the coronavirus spreads is not only a way to care and protect ourselves, but a way to appreciate and care for everyone around us.