By Bronwyn Ison
Mindfulness. This word or the attempt to be mindful gets tossed around often. Yet, in times of uncertainty, angst and wrestling with your fears, engaging in the present moment as often as you can, will relieve most of the unstable feelings you are experiencing.
You may be busier than ever or you’re trying to find things to do. You may find that there isn’t enough time in the day because you are fighting hard to keep your business alive. Or, you’ve already cleaned your pantry, garage and closet. We’re all in different circumstances but we are in this together. So, I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to make the best use of your time and being mindful while doing so.
While shopping, stop to take a moment and recognize not only what you are feeling, but how others may be perceiving what our country is experiencing. I’ll admit, my last outing to the store, I became very anxious. I couldn’t wait to leave, get home, unload my groceries and begin meal prepping. What did I learn? I learned that my freak out was exaggerated and that I need to be more mindful when I leave the house to shop. I created unnecessary anxiety and I need to remain cool and calm in the future. If this sounds familiar… take a deep breath and refer to this column as a friendly reminder to be calm.
You’ve stopped going to the gym and you miss the camaraderie. I get it. I operate a yoga studio and I was used to seeing my students 5-6 days per week. I miss them too. However, I took my lemons and turned them into Zoom lemonade and my students and I are practicing together Monday through Friday via LIVE video. Plus, I invite my friends to join me on Facebook LIVE. I’m hiking six days per week with my family. It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors.
Feeling stir-crazy? Yep, I hear you on that one too. Get creative. Join a FaceTime call with your pals. Ladies, by this time you definitely need a mani and pedi. Treat yourself. That Netflix series you’ve always wanted to indulge in… now is the time treat yourself.
Feeling fear and a loss of control? We’re all feeling this way. When will it end? What’s next? Can we expect it to get worse before it gets better? While we do not have all the answers, we can follow what’s being recommended. Hopefully by following the guidelines, we can and we will, eventually get back to a new normal way of living. We can wash our hands, practice social distancing and stay indoors… One thing I can say, we are experiencing a time in history that is leading us to trust something bigger than ourselves. Be sure to breathe, meditate and pray. Remain kind and gentle to one another. It’s what the world needs right now.