Updated: Apr 17, 2020
About a month ago we knew little about the Coronavirus or COVID-19. Now we are swimming in news stories and becoming increasingly affected by it. It has impacted people from virtually all walks of life and it's been hard to adjust to this new norm.
At times like this, it is essential to practice good self-care; not just for ourselves but also so we can be there for others.
My Top Two Self-Care Suggestions:
1. Limit Information Intake.
We all want to stay informed and connected. But we might be over-consuming. Avoid reading & listening to every bit of news, hype and rumor. Limit screen time and turn off notifications.
Ever notice just how soothing a simple sigh can be? In yoga, there are various Pranayama practices (breathing techniques) that are known to slow the heart rate and mitigate the body's anxiety response. The primary reason these practices are so beneficial is because they support the parasympathetic nervous system and activate what is commonly known as the 'relaxation response' - reducing stress and its effects on the body and mind. As a result, our resilience increases.
One such technique is the 'Relaxing Breath', also known as the 4-7-8 breath
How To Do It:
You can do this seated or lying down
Exhale completely through your mouth, making a “whoosh” sound
Close your mouth and inhale through the nose for four counts
Next, hold your breath for seven counts
Then Exhale completely through your mouth, making a “whoosh” sound, for eight counts
Repeat the cycle 4-6 times
It’s funny, but you never really think much about breathing.
Until it’s all you ever think about. ~Tim Winton
Namaste & blessings,