Self Care in Uncertain Times

My wish for us is peace

As a population, we have our minds on many things at this time of unprecedented change. As we face a global challenge with local impacts and accompanying uncertainties, we naturally experience stress on a variety of levels. Stress to our psyches and nervous systems requires loving care.

Now, more than ever, take expanded measures of self care:

Heightened hygiene practices, nutrition, and proper rest keep our physical bodies healthy and immunity strong. Relaxation and meditative or prayer practices support our nervous systems.

The list below offers ideas for recalibrating the mind, body, and spirit. Choose what you are most drawn to. Often, new circumstances call for new practices, so play with the ideas and see what brings peace and comfort. (One of my go-to’s is humor, so I’m including a favorite chuckle for you!)

Please be kind to yourself and those around you as we all adapt to an evolving environment. As a human community, we’re all in this together.

Tools for comfort and peace

  • Prayer. In the form of the faith you practice, prayer brings healing, comfort, and hope.
  • Meditation. Like prayer, meditation brings tranquility, plus physiological balance to the body. If you’re new to it, here’s a guided meditation for peace in uncertain times.
  • Fresh Air. A walk in nature brings you closer to the interconnectedness of all living beings. If you live alone, a walk in a neighborhood, amidst kids playing basketball in a driveway, lends a sense of community when feeling isolated.
  • Music. Listen to (or play) music or sing. Sound vibration can be very healing on many levels. Choose tunes that uplift you and help you FEEL good.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique. This modality helps to release conditions, energetically, whether physical pain, or fear and anxiety. Sometimes referred to as “tapping,” the process is explained in this video by it’s founder.
  • Physical activity. Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemical. Take a brisk walk or follow an exercise video. (Many health facilities that are temporarily closed are shifting to provide virtual classes for you to follow at home.)
  • Laugh. Like exercise, laughter releases endorphins. Talk to a friend who loves to laugh with you or watch a comedy. Enter: Netflix and YouTube!

    Here’s a favorite of mine (it’s PG rated): Click here

 

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Patty Buccellato is an image coach and founder of Refined Images. She brings extensive knowledge and expertise to her work with men and women individually, as well as with corporate employee groups.

Patty established Refined Images in 1994, and while her studio is based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, you’ll find her serving clients throughout North America in their homes, offices — and, yes, even in shopping malls! To get your FREE copy of Patty’s “How to Shop Like a Stylist,” visit www.RefinedImages.net or contact Patty.

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