Principle #7 – Choose to Be Unstoppable

What are you doing to take care of yourself in this time of crisis?

When we are in a crisis, we may feel fear and chaos. What are you doing to cope? In Dr. Rick Hanson’s video, Resilience During a Time of Fear, he says when things are out of our control, we feel helpless. He shares ways to help us think differently about a crisis.

“Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others.”  –  Sharon Salzberg

We are learning more about this virus and doing our part to protect ourselves and our communities from getting sick. We are staying close to home and self-isolating. We are coughing into our elbows, diligently washing our hands, and practicing social distancing.

People are social beings. We like to go to the theatre, shopping, visit museums, and go to festivals. But, for now, we can’t. Being isolated can be overwhelming. What are you doing to keep yourself busy and connected?

Well, you’re in luck, I have a few suggestions.

  • Start your spring cleaning. Organize your closets. Clean out your attic. You will feel more in control when your house is in order.
  • Read a book that you’ve been wanting to read. Maybe reading is not your thing. Listen to an audiobook instead.
  • Play music and dance. This song is my get up and move song. Can’t Stop the Feeling, by Justin Timberlake. Ok…I have another one. Uptown Funk, by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars.
  • Go for a walk or do yoga on your porch. I know what you’re thinking…it’s exercise! But, really, you’ll feel better after a walk. Fresh air never hurts anyone. When you are outside, please remember to be safe.
  • Connect with family and friends. Use Facetime, Duo, or Zoom to see their beautiful faces. We are fortunate to have electronics to help us connect.
  • Put a puzzle together. Play a board game that you found in the attic. How about a card game?
  • Take a bath…every day if you want! Omg…what a special gift to yourself.

Nurturing our physical and emotional health helps us get through a crisis like we are facing today. This helps us have inner resources to draw upon to calm the stress and anxiety. Also connecting virtually can relieve the feeling of isolation.

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” 
–  Helen Keller

Remember that you are not alone. We may be separated, but we are still together.

Freedom is possible!


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