I think it’s pretty safe to say 2020 has really put into perspective how fragile our mental health can be. Never before have we had so much time to just sit around and think by ourselves. On top of it all there’s a lot of uncertainty and change going around that has completely uprooted daily life for some of us. Now that it’s been a few months I’d like to share the few things I’ve relied on to keep my sanity that might help you too.
Breath-work is something I kept seeing pop up with some of my favourite content creators, but it seemed just a little too out there for me. I wouldn’t consider myself much of a spiritual person so anything that comes across too “woo woo” tends to scare me off. After doing some digging I decided to give it a shot since lockdown has definitely increased my daily stress and who doesn’t want a little relaxation right about now? Breath-work is less spiritual and more getting to the root of what can help you truly relax, your body. By repeating series of fast and slow breaths we can shift the feelings we may not be expressing fully such as stress and sadness and bring them to the surface. This allows us to fully process our emotions to allow us to maintain a healthy mindset while we continue to adjust to an always evolving reality. If you’re interested in breath-work here’s a video that can guide you through the process.
It can feel like we are living the same day over and over again and when you can’t necessarily go out like you used to boredom can strike. Finding a new hobby and perfecting it isn’t always what we’re looking for. Learning something new doesn’t have to mean becoming an expert in it. I’ve started the process of learning things like SEO, not to become an expert but because I’ve always been curious how it works. This isn’t a business venture for me but it does kill the curiosity (and time!). I’ve also taken the time to be certified for various skills that you can gain within just a few hours. If you’re interested in browsing some free or almost free certificates, I Highly suggest checking out Udemy and Hubspot.
3. Continue working on something you’re bad at
I am absolutely terrible at cooking, and those who know me can attest this is true. While I personally do not spend a lot of time cooking I have made a point of doing more of it just so I can perfect the basics. This doesn’t have to be a task you dislike, just one that you could use some more practice with. Maybe bust out some of your dance moves and see if you can pick up some new ones, or work on that singing voice of yours. What’s important is that you choose something that you’ll enjoy doing, even if you’re not great at it.
What have you been doing during the pandemic to keep your sanity? Share your ideas below!