The widespread corona crisis, though has given rise to stress, anxiety, fear and depression, it has also encouraged us to follow mindful living and self-care. Right from how we apply soap to our hands to bringing changes in our eating habits, we have tweaked our ways of living; and these newly adopted habits has been helping us remain sane in the new normal.
What is Mindful living:
When we consciously focus our energies on the present, rather than mulling over past or worrying about the future, it means we practice mindful living. By doing so, we are helping our self to take control of the situation rather than living in denial or getting overwhelmed about unforeseen future.
The pandemic has taught us to start living (more) mindful. It has changed our everyday routine and habits, thereby bringing positive effect on our lifestyle, relationships, and most importantly health.
Coronavirus: A strong message to stop overdoing.
Never before we had, not even in our wildest imagination, imagined that a small virus has the power to make people suffer so much by destroying economy, ruining the health, and restricting our movements.
Though it may sound like a rant, but we have been managing our house and our kids on our own for past 6 months; no maid , no cook, just we both – husband and wife. Though the initial period was difficult, but then we realise since we are in this situation, we might as well adapt to this change by focussing our energies on remaining happy rather than sulking over things which are not in our control.
May be in its own way the nature is giving us a message to mend our mindless ways and live wisely. It has made us realise that we need to focus all our energies on the present and give our safety and survival the priority; nothing else matters.
Some things which the pandemic has made most of us re-learn:
- Home is where not only the heart is but health and peace too. By giving us an opportunity to be with our near and dear ones, it has revived our relationships with the members of the family. People are cooking together, watching tv together and playing (board) games together; all which used to be a weekend affair. Not only this, it has rekindled friendships as we have lot more time at hand now than before to talk to our old friends.
- It has promoted healthy living: Almost everyone is now aware of the importance of healthy eating, physical exercise and maintaining personal hygiene.We are eating Ghar Ka Khaana more often, we are turning to yoga and other meditative methods to keep us at peace. And not to mention, we are washing hands more often while counting till 20 in our mind.
- Changed our consumption habits: The current situation has reduced mindless consumerism to a large extent. It has taught us to not spend money on the items which we don’t want, rather buy what’s essential. Another positive change which we have witnessed is people becoming more compassionate as most of us are feeling the pinch of financial strain, giving a push to support local.
Some mindful ideas to consider for settling the unsettling thoughts:
- Go for small walks with your family. Breathe in the fresh air, notice the greenery around and the ever-changing colors of sky; soak in the beauty of nature.
- Practice yoga/ meditation. Even simple breathing exercise works wonders for the mind. For starters, try 4/2/6 cycle- breathe for 4 counts, hold breath for 2 counts and then breathe out slow for 6 counts.
- Make use of technology to remain connected with your near and dear ones. Use one -on-one call or video conferencing to remain connected with friends and family.
- Before eating meals, don’t forget to thank God for providing you with healthy food. Encourage your kids too to follow the practice.
- I read it somewhere and have been practicing this religiously: Before going to bed, always recall one good thing happened to you in the entire day. And it goes without saying, ask your kids too to do the same.
- One can also start maintaining a gratitude dairy; listing out all the things you are thankful of in your life. This is a great way to reinforce the thought that “ All is well”
- Check for Corona related news only once or twice a day. Don’t let it be the only topic of discussion in the family.
- Last but not the least , never let your guard down. Always wear mask while your are out and keep washing hands. This will keep your mind at rest that you wont get infected.
We are going through an emotional roller coaster right now, but by practicing mindful living, we can gain the wisdom to deal with this difficult phase.
This post is written for My Friend Alexa Season 5 with Blogchatter