Wellness Within Blog
I didn’t want to write about it. As a middle-aged white woman from the burbs, who am I to share any opinion? Instead of writing about it, I shared the perspective of someone I admire and he said, “You’ve got a voice too my friend. Don’t be shy.”
The COVID pandemic is an epidemiological crisis, but also a psychological one. Now let’s talk coping. Coping is not a “one size fits all” prescription. Your coping will depend on the state of your nervous system, as well as your life stage.
The COVID pandemic is an epidemiological crisis, but also a psychological one. We’ve just spent two months sheltering in place; our news feeds filled with sickness, death, fear. This world pandemic can’t NOT impact us psychologically.
So, is it ok to worry? I think a better question is, how much should you worry? It’s okay, even normal, to be concerned and to stay aware of the situation.
We can also learn from habits of animals. Animals mimic times to eat and sleep, times to work and times to play, and demonstrate the joy of a good stretch. Lately I’ve been observing rules for winter self-care from my dog.
Practicing pause first thing in the morning might offer clear intention for how to move throughout your day. Practicing pause midday might offer data that energizing or grounding is needed. Practicing pause before bed might complete the day by settling gratitude in your heart.
“The changes we dread most may contain our salvation.” - Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder Change gets a bad rap. But change can be...
When we help others, we experience a “helper’s high,” as endorphins are released in our brain, leading to a euphoric state. The “warm fuzzies” we get come from the release of oxytocin, the same hormone that is released by lactating mothers. Compassion endorphins don’t just feel good, they do good in the body.
Compassion is the ability to show empathy, love, and concern to people who are in difficulty, and self-compassion is simply the ability to direct these same emotions within, and accept oneself, particularly in the face of failure.
The next time I catch myself dedicating time to anticipating all the potential criticism I might receive from the presentation at work, I can prepare the presentation instead. And rather than obsess about my child’s future, I can make time to connect with them in an activity today.