If you would ask me, I would tell you that COVID-19 is a sign that urges us to slow down, take care of ourselves and our planet. It’s time for us to look at the bigger picture, rethink our ways of living and behaving, in order to make our planet a better place to live. A time to realise that our resources aren’t infinite and that we shouldn’t take things for granted. This definitely starts with(in) us. The more connected we are with ourselves, the easier it’ll get to help each other out. Here are a few tips for you to approach the quarantine with a lighter mindset!
Tip #1 — Be good to one another
A helping (gloved) hand, a smile, a Shaka, positive and cheering words, a listening ear, a phone call, a text, an emoji, a virtual hug, a joke, upbeat tunes. These are the simplest things you can say, give or do to anyone in need of help. Be good to one another and make sure you keep in touch with your relatives and colleagues (at your own pace of course, minding yours and their privacy) and don’t fall into complete isolation. Now, more than ever, we need each other.
Tip #2 — Stay connected but avoid oversharing
Each and everyone of us deals with the situation in their own terms. Some of us need to know everything about it, and some of us are fine with knowing the bare minimum. However, being connected to the news 24/7 won’t change anything. In fact, this might even increase your levels of stress which weakens your immune system. Instead, allocate some daily “information time”, to keep up with the latest news, and share accordingly.
Finally, it’s important we all remain mindful of one another and respect each others’ boundaries. Don’t hesitate to speak up and inform your parents, friends, colleagues that you don’t necessarily want to be informed all the time. Cutting off social media for a certain period of time, could also be another solution.
Latest and up to date information available here: World Health Organisation.
Tip #3 — Fight procrastination and create a routine
Regardless of your current situation, creating a routine will definitely help you. Setting your intentions for the day will give you the necessary structure and motivation to keep up and stay active.
You don’t have to have big plans everyday, and can literally feel like doing puzzles, cleaning the house, taking a sun bath (let’s still get that vitamin D even from an open window!), meditating, journaling, painting, reading, day dreaming… You never know, this can also be a time for you to reinvent yourself and start/get back to all those projects and ideas you have been wanting to get started with.
Tip #4 — Stay healthy and sane
Getting your body moving will release endorphins we call happiness hormones. People all over the world have been relentlessly creative to provide you with online classes ranging from 0-10 EUR (sometimes even on the basis of donations). Artists and athletes are definitely surfing on the online wave to provide you with daily dose of good vibes and energy. Now you have no excuses, nobody will be watching you go crazy in your living room!
My favourites so far: Afrodance classes by @suelawilsterman, @boun_whocan, @willynoir, @dorianerandri. Booty training by @bootyclub_nl. FOAM Rolling and Breathing / Core Exercises by @olympe_bille_pt.
(You’re also more than welcome to join my classes as well).
Tip #5 — Explore your interests and educate yourself
Take that photography or creative writing class you have been wanting to for so long. This time is also a good opportunity for you to keep on getting to know yourself and explore your interests, to further develop your knowledge about what excites you most in life, and be good at it.
Tip #6 — Practice gratefulness
According to a study published in the Harvard Health Publishing, giving thanks can make you happier. Gratitude helps you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve your physical and mental health, deal with adversity, and build stronger relationships. It can literally change your life and makes you appreciate what you have over what you don’t have.
You can feel and express gratitude in multiple ways (and the list is non exhaustive). You can pray, walk in nature, voice it over, journal it… Create a (morning or evening) daily routine where you list (at least) 5 things you’re mostly grateful for, you’ll see that you’re richer than you think!
Tip #7 — Slow down and breathe
Give yourself time and space to slow down. Do nothing, you don't have to be productive all the time, make time to process what is happening and make space for your emotions. It is quit a lot to process. Sleep more than you would normally do and ask for help if it is overwhelming you. Figure out how you can take care of yourself and what works for you!
This article has been written by Sabrine Ewies, a former Nike, Inc. employee, who decided to leave her corporate life to pursue her dream of owning her dance school, specialised in urban dances. You will definitely hear more from her on TCOYS! For now, you can find out more about her inspirations and regular (online)classes on her Instagram at @sabou___.