The best articles, thoughts and ideas to Survive Quarantine.
I think I'm on week 7 of lockdown… To be honest I really don't know what week or day it is.. does anyone? In all, I think I'm managing everything ok but have found myself reading a lot of self-care articles. It seems like everyone has their ideas on how you should be looking after yourself during this crazy time. But I have come across some really interesting thoughts and ideas on self-care during lockdown. These have made me look at this time in a different way and reassess my thoughts.
Your allowed feel happy
To be honest, for the most part, I love lockdown. I'm an introvert and super lazy. My idea of a perfect day is spending it in bed binge watching netflix on my own. Plus I've been working from home for the past few years and my daily wardrobe is leggings and a zippee so life hasn't really changed to much for me. Actually in a way everyone is now living my life… But then I feel super guilty when I think how hard life must be for some. The nurses and doctors, those who are sick and have lost loved ones, and those who are trapped in terrible domestic abuse situations. This article really connected with me and helped me feel ok about being ok.
"how can I be happy with anything in my life when so many people are suffering?” The truth is that, as humans, our emotions are endlessly complex. There’s a huge range of “right” ways to feel about all of this"
You don't to be using this time to do everything, give yourself permission to just be.
One of my favourite authors Marion Keyes says it perfectly.
The Great Pause.
This article isn't exactly about self care during lockdown. - But it is an excellent post! This paragraph really opened my eyes to what a gift we have been given.
"I hope you might consider this: what happened is inexplicably incredible. It’s the greatest gift ever unwrapped. Not the deaths, not the virus, but The Great Pause. It is, in a word, profound. Please don’t recoil from the bright light beaming through the window. I know it hurts your eyes. It hurts mine, too. But the curtain is wide open. What the crisis has given us is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see ourselves and our country in the plainest of views. At no other time, ever in our lives, have we gotten the opportunity to see what would happen if the world simply stopped"
Can't get into meditation? Try breathwork
We all know how helpful meditation and mindfullness is for our mental health. And we need to be looking after our mental health now more than ever. But for many it can be hard to practice when your overwhelmed with anxiety. Enter breathwork. I've been finding this a lot easier to practice than meditation as I have to concentrate on counting my breaths.
Read more here https://www.vogue.com/article/active-meditation-breathwork
The Lonely Brain
This is a fascinating article about what happens to the brain when we are lonely and what are the best types of technology to help keep us connected. Hint Zoom family game night is helping your health a lot more than you realise.
Thoughts on what to do with your time
And how to prepare for the next stage.
How are you coping with this crazy time? Whats your Selfcare during lockdown like? Have any of these articles helped you?