Be Kind to Yourself During COVID-19
It has taken a while for this pandemic to sink in. Even though I have been self-isolating for weeks now, there has been so much going on around me that I haven’t had time to stop and reflect.
I have listened to the rules on what I should and shouldn’t do not to infect others, but I have not taken the time to think about how this will affect me, mentally and financially.
The last few days has allowed me to do this. It has given me time to think about everything I wanted to do, achieve and learn during this rest point. But, it got extremely overwhelming, and I put too much pressure on myself and made a list so long it is unrealistic.
Of course, this is a great time to learn more and read more and do more, but it is also a time to breath and focus on yourself. I have not been working now for roughly a month, and like many others, I don’t know when my next paycheque will come in. To say this is scaring me is an understatement. I am one of many oversees in Australia, and I am unable to get help financially. It is a scary time, but I know the universe will guide me through.
My living situation as it stands is excellent, and I am so grateful to be surrounded by amazing people at the moment, in a beautiful home with acres and acres of luscious land. I am learning that life is about sharing and not hoarding. If you have plenty of something, share and use it to help others. I cannot express how thankful I am to have met Amber, who has kindly let not only myself but four others to park up on her land and stay for almost two weeks already.
My emotions at the moment are so mixed. I know that everyone is having a hard time regardless of your situation. Whatever your circumstance is at this time, please look after your mental health. Remember this is not a contest of whose isolation is more fun or productive. You do not need to feel guilty for having not got up and done a yoga class this morning. You don’t need to be learning another language, or writing the next best novel. Do not put so much pressure on yourself to achieve great things. This is a pandemic, not a productivity contest.
If you got up, had a shower and brushed your teeth this morning that is an achievement too. If you didn’t… I would advise you do so; you don’t need unnecessary dental bills at the end of this! Be kind to yourself, your body and your mind.
Check-in with yourself and ask these simple questions…
- How am I feeling today?
- Have I been eating properly?
- What can I do today that will make me happy?
- Have I been sleeping well?
- Who can I call that will not only make me feel positive, but I can also help them?
- Have I brushed my teeth?
Your mind is so powerful, and only you can control your thoughts, so try to choose positive ones.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night, being sleep deprived can cause such a strain on your wellbeing. Try and do at least one thing each day that adds value to your life, even if it’s just writing a gratitude diary, or putting on a face mask.
Just because you are social distancing doesn’t mean you have to lose contact with people. Call your friends and loved ones and check in on them, and tell them you are doing ok too. And if you’re having a bad day, reach out to others. Never think that you are a burden. Because you never know, that friend or family member may need to hear from you as much as you need them.
If you don’t have anyone to reach out to or don’t feel like you can speak to someone you know, there are so many helplines that can help you.
There are good times ahead, hang on in there.
We are all in this together.