Recent days have brought big changes here in the USA. Social distance is the word. Not only are people actively discouraged from gathering, but institutions and businesses are also taking a break on very short notice. My son’s college has asked him to leave, and my daughter’s high school gave the kids two weeks off with no coursework, and this break will likely be extended. Large meetings including conferences and sporting events are being canceled or postponed. Some are going virtual, but with little to no time to plan. The interruptions are real, and many people are at home. Several of my clients made their operations 100% remote with less than a week’s notice.
There is an air of uncertainty. How long will this last? How bad will it get? The mystery that overhangs such large social changes generates anxiety and many voices rise to fill the empty space. People are getting very good at sussing out dependable sources, paying attention to local authorities, and working out how to help each other.
This is a time for self-care; i.e., taking your own needs and requirements for well-being seriously. By paying attention to what you need for healthy readiness, you put yourself in the best position to serve those around you including those who are dearest to you. Take a moment to think about what you need to be at your best.
Here are some ideas: sleep well, participate in your faith community (albeit not face-to-face), exercise, eat right, meditate, walk the dog, spend time in nature, read books and watch movies that feed your soul, spend time talking with loved ones in your home, breathwork, tai chi… there are many ways to care for yourself. Zero in on the two or three that work best for you and consider them to be anchor activities, those you do regularly to feel grounded and clear. One in particular I recommend is taking time for personal pleasures to balance the stress of your day. A good friend of mine just cracked open a bottle of wine she has been saving for a special occasion! I like to watch movies that totally involve me.
What might you do this week to add to your reserves?
“When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had.”
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam