I’m sure you have noticed; this is a whole new world. Things are changing and we don’t know when or how they will stop. My husband is at the grocery store, at 6:15 am. (That’s when old people are encouraged to go.) On Thursday, they will call and tell us when to pick up our online order from BestBuy. No more browsing here; they will bring it to my car for me.
This is an extremely challenging time for all businesses; we cannot serve our customers properly, and we are not sure if we will even have a job. And some of us must say good bye to people we love.
Your inner game, your thoughts and feelings, becomes more and more important here. And your inner inner game is even more important. And being in touch with your “Inner Core of Wisdom” is absolutely essential.
Refuse to listen to mean or negative things from your “Inner Critic”. Tell him/her to go take a nap till this is over.
Limit your listening to the news. Fifteen minutes twice a day is more than enough. Take the electronics out of the bedroom. You know you can “Hide” certain people’s posts; if some folk upset you, hide their posts for a month or so.
This being at home all day is hard to get used to. Think about what you have been telling yourself you would like to do for the last five years, and go do it!
What about your 12 Step or spirituality work?
When was the last time you read any of the Big Book or 12 n 12?
Called a sponsor?
Wrote in your journal?
Did step work?
Googled for Zoom meetings?
Called a newcomer?
Helped or supported someone?
And spirituality work. For some of us it is a comfortable, essential tool; for others it is something to be minimized and avoided. spiritual growth seems to come about due to experiencing suffering and adversity in life. Our struggles make us stronger.
If you have trouble with “The whole God thing”, then find other ways to get in touch with your own Inner Core of Wisdom.
Do try meditation. Download one of the apps, “Calm”, or “Headspace”, or even “Binaural Beats”.
Look at what you do believe in and find ways to expand it. Use whatever works for you.
If spirituality is OK for you, increase it. Ask your Higher Power to be active and help handle this situation. Look for the lessons we as a nation need to and will learn from this.
Get out one of the recovery books you haven’t used in a while. Write about what you read. Talk to your sponsor about some stepwork.
Turn to the bible or other spiritual works and memorize your favorite passages.
Learn to meditate, if you don’t already.
Set a time each day for prayer and meditation.
Be thankful if you are healthy and life is going well for you.
It is possible to be grateful for the good things, even while having some negatives in our lives. Look for things to say “thank you” for.
We can be grateful for the people who are out there, caring for those who are sick.
What we focus our thoughts on, is what we draw into our lives. Find a healthy, happy thought. Focus on what you want more of, rather than what you want less of.
This is a marathon, not a sprint. Be sure to set up times for your self-care:
Physical activity: go for a walk if the weather permits; or turn on a yoga or Zumba or other exercise tape. Yes, 3 to 5 days a week!
Fluids: the body needs extra fluid to clear out the corona trash. Drink water, seltzer, herbal teas, but not sweetened ones. Make ice tea from your favorite tea; then mix it half-n-half with seltzer for a zingy drink!
Sleep: It is hard to sleep peacefully in this time. Keep to your regular schedule and be free to take a nap if you need to.
Food: Follow your food plan as closely as you can. Know that sugared foods decrease your immune system. And flour and starches are even better at decreasing your immune system than sugar! Your food plan needs to be effective, not perfect. Eat at the times you normally eat; be sure to get the nutrients you need. Don’t restrict any groups of foods.
Spirituality: Take time for yourself to rest and connect with your Inner Core of Wisdom. Whatever program you follow, be sure to continue it, maybe even increase it.
This is an opportunity to make the changes you have wanted to make for a long time. Do it now. It is time to free yourself from all the worries, distractions, and negative thoughts you have been struggling with; claim the focus, clarity and peace of mind you need to Get Things Done! Things that matter. Things you need to feel whole, safe, fulfilled – essential and delightful things! Make me a list, please!
I am seeing clients on Zoom and by phone; if you need help, be welcome to call. Next week, this blog will be all about food. (I am, after all, a nutritionist!) If you have food questions or suggestions, please call or email me with them.
Blessings and health to you,
And join us on Thursday evening for our Zoom call! 7-8:30 pm!
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