5 Things To Keep You Calm During Pandemic and Beyond
- Nature Bathing. Get outside. Even if you can’t physically do a walk in the woods, open a window or walk onto a balcony to get some fresh air and sunshine. My mother is 85 she is under lockdown in Moscow, Russia. She has transformed her balcony into her outdoor sanctuary. Now with the warmer spring weather she goes onto her semi-outdoor space regularly. And keeps a positive attitude by saying, “It can be better but it can be worse”.
- Prayer or Mantra. Repeating a simple prayer such as “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me” if you are from a Christian tradition or â€œHealing energy moving through my body” if a New Age tradition resonates better with you. Repetition increases dopamine and other feel-good chemicals which will help you to stay calm.
- Garden. Even if it is tending to your indoor plant. Taking care of the oxygen-making buddies makes you feel more grounded. Tilt the soil, cut off the dead leaves, and water your plant. Goal-focused activity that gathers your attention outside of yourself will lead you to feel calmer.
- Food. Somehow when you cook something, it gives you a sense of making plans and having control (which we are so deprived of now). Baking is a wonderful activity to induce calm. Besides, you have something tasty to look forward to which makes everyday house-arrest more bearable.
- Bubble bath, Self-massage and Magnesium. A warm bath coupled with a gentle head to toes self-massage will soothe your body and mind into calm. In addition, taking 200-400 mg of magnesium citrate supplement before going to bed is an ultimate relaxation and good sleep prescription.