At these difficult times, self care is essential. We need to set time aside to connect with ourselves, our bodies and our emotions in order to process them and manage them.
When anxiety and fear seem to be frequent emotions throughout our day, and anticipating the future is almost inevitable, we must find ways to ground ourselves in the here and now in order to break through these feelings and return to our normal self.
Mindfulness is a great way to achieve this, and we can all take advantage of its benefits in our overall health. Our physical as well as our mental health have to be our priority during this time.
First of all, it's important to let go of preconceived notions about mindfulness and meditation. This usually just hinders us from even trying. We have to make these techniques our own, and find what works for us at different times. Remember to be patient with yourself, as they say practice makes perfect.
Secondly keep in mind the reasons you are doing this to keep your motivation up, and take it one day at a time.
To get you started, here are the basic principles of mindfulness:
Now, there is a type of meditation called Body Scan which is a great way to connect with your body and the present moment.
To improve our chances of succeeding, we should always follow these indications:
Follow the instructions and begin practicing the body scan technique:
Bringing awareness to our bodies, helps us disconnect from our racing mind and find a place of peace within us. When it seems it's impossible to shut down our thoughts, our bodies, our breath are great allies to regain control, and remind us that right now we are safe, right now we are ok.
Remember self care is necessary. Take the time to nurture your body and your mind !!