Experiencing ups and downs during these crazy times? Sounds like you're a normal human. Here are four things that Tara and I have been doing (and always do as part of Love Body) to keep us healthy and sane, with the added benefit of allowing us to enjoy our days more fully.
1) Nourish: If you missed our recent post "Support your body so that it can support you", check it out. Not only do we share simple nutritional suggestions for physical and mental well-being, we also discuss how nourishment happens on a variety of levels, and that true nourishment supports us in feeling alive, capable, sane and connected, as well as restoring our desire and capacity to be available to help and serve others.
2) Move: Move your body every day. Move your body in ways that feel good to you. Tara has been posting images of her family exploring the trails in Traverse City. I have been offering virtual yoga, which you are welcome to join us for anytime. There are also more movement opportunities on our engage page. Movement stimulates the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which facilitates the growth of new connections in the brain and improves the health of existing neurons. It's good for your brain, it's good for your body and it will keep you from going crazy while under "shelter in place" orders. Tonight, I'm taking virtual gyrokinesis offered by one of the teachers at Table Health.
3) Engage: Historically, during challenging times, my tendency was to withdraw, the opposite of engage. It wasn't helpful. Now, more than ever, we need each other. If you missed our post, "People need people", check it out. There's some really interesting information on cell health and social connection. Last Friday, my sister hosted her 53rd birthday party on Zoom. My entire family signed on and we played charades. It made me feel so much better. And my body felt more relaxed afterwards. I slept better. This stuff makes a difference.
4) Allow: This is the most challenging and possibly the most important. Resisting the current circumstances is futile and only makes us feel worse. Allowing ourselves to experience the discomfort of challenging emotions, thoughts and sensations during this time will actually enable us to meet the situation with more grace and ease. It will settle us into a space from which we can make wiser choices and proceed with love. Here is a centering meditation that will guide your through welcoming your current sensations, emotions and thoughts, without judgement.
We hope these four things are helpful to you during COVID times and any time you endeavor to cultivate more self-love.
Oh, and here's the best banana bread recipe ever. I've made it 3 times in the last 9 days.
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