Keeping grounded during self-isolation
At these very crazy and uncertain times it might seem silly to post about ‘keeping grounded’ when that’s essentially what we all are while we’re in self-isolation – grounded. Staying at home and away from our loved ones who do not live with us feels like some sort of punishment at times, like we’re being grounded for some misbehavior. It doesn’t need to feel like that though. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t be feeling anything negative at this time, as that would be an impossibility. What I’d like to focus on is ways to help prevent the negative thoughts and feelings from dominating and pulling you away from the very real positives of this experience.
I know that self-isolation will be more difficult for some than others, it’s what makes us human, our beautiful differences. For those of you that are really finding this challenging, I have a list of journaling ideas to help you understand and compartmentalize what you are feeling and thinking. Please understand that I am no expert in this field, but as someone who has personally struggled with crippling anxiety, these are some things that have helped me during this time.
You might think that journaling is not for you or that writing long posts about your feelings sounds tiresome, that’s fine – these do not need to be long winded. They are just a few thoughts jotted down for you and nobody else.
What feelings have been coming up? Where do I feel them in my body during self-isolation?
Just take a moment to acknowledge any feelings that come up during the day, good or bad. Think about where in your body you feel them. This is just a way to allow you to recognise the emotion and process it.
What am I learning during this season? How is social distancing impacting my life?
This one is slightly more challenging, but we are all learning so many things from this experience. We’re learning what things we miss and what things aren’t actually as important as we thought they were. Write down anything that you’ve learned about yourself or society or your partner or your pet! Anything! It’s also good to acknowledge the impact this has had on your day to day life – this will help you to understand a bit more about why you are feeling the things that you are feeling.
When am I savouring moments in my day to day? Describe a moment when you slowed down and savoured it.
This is my favourite one. Now is a time to really appreciate the little things that bring you joy. I have personally focused a lot on this point. There are so many little things that I am savouring now that I totally took for granted. Things like having my morning coffee while sitting in the sun or being able to cook a really nice meal for myself. What are some of the moments you are savouring?
What do I need right now? What does self-care look like for me during this time?
I love this one. Many of us don’t have the time in our usual day to day lives to really focus on self-care. Take some time now to reflect and figure out what you need to help you the most. Is it a daily walk? Some extra cardiovascular exercise? Meditation? An extra long bath? Whatever that may be, try to give yourself whatever you need to replenish yourself and keep yourself well.
I hope that you find some of this useful, even if it’s only one small part. There are so many more tips and tricks on our blogsite to help you stay as fit and healthy as you can at this time – https://backblog.co.uk/. For any other queries or to contact us visit the Lushington Chiropractic website at https://chirocare.co.uk/
Keep well and stay positive in self-isolation
By Louise Lamberti
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