It's official: people are losing their sh*t about Coronavirus. And rightly so, a "pandemic" is nothing to be casual about. We must be vigilant about our health and wellbeing at this time.
But this virus is bringing to light two of our biggest fears as humans:
1. The fear of the unknown
2. The fear of sitting still and being with our thoughts
Let me explain.
During work/school shut downs and cancellations, we are being forced to go inward: both externally and internally. We might have a lot of free time on our hands at home where our minds aren't being kept as busy as they would be at work. Our normal schedules and structures are being disrupted. The media (and our friends and family) makes it seem like if we go outside, we might get sick. Our communities are terrified. And that fear is contagious - fear is a very real pandemic happening right now. And it is making us emotionally ill.
Instead of seeing this as a time of fear, let's empower one another to experience this as a time of slowing down and inner reflection.
Here are our top 5 self-care tips to empower yourself, minimize fear and maximize your stay-cation time:
If you don't have a meditation practice already, now is THE time. It will help you improve focus and feelings of peace and calmness. There are plenty of free apps available, as well as guided meditations online. We are also developing meditations and breath work videos (stay tuned!) but until then, check out this girl here.
2. Spend time in nature
It is NOT true that you will catch the virus if you step outside. Now is the perfect time to take a walk, jog, hike - even spending a minute standing with your bare feet pressed into the ground is a simple and powerful way to feel grounded and recharged, and more connected to the world in a positive way.
3. Call your friends and family
In times of tragedy and chaos, we are reminded how precious and temporary life is. Let's not wait for more tragedy and chaos to remind us again. Be proactive about mending, healing and growing relationships with your loved ones. Pick up the phone and call them!
4. Start a gratitude journal
Daily journal writing is one of the most overlooked, yet powerful tools for inner reflection. Writing is therapeutic; it calms our mind, invokes peace, and assists us in gaining clarity on issues of uncertainty. Begin writing about what you are grateful for - go on, tease it out. There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. And reflecting on it is perfect at this time. Make a habit of spending 5-10 minutes journal writing in the morning or before bed.
5. Boost your immunity
In times of uncertainty, one sure fire thing is that boosting immunity is our best chance against preventing illness. Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune boosters. And I'd like to introduce you to this little guy: the Indian Gooseberry, who contains more vit C than 20 oranges! Keep reading below!
The Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica), also called Amla or Amalaki, is a potent source of vitamin C and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. The fruit grows wild on trees throughout India and has been used to as a body rejuvenator, blood purifier, and for blood sugar management. The berry supports healthy blood sugar, normal cholesterol levels, a healthy inflammatory response, and its high vitamin C content and polyphenols support healthy tissue integrity and normal cellular growth.
The Indian Gooseberry is one of the three herbs selected by Dr. Aswathy, Ayurvedic Physician, for our potent, medicinal-grade blend in Ayurvedic Protein powder. But to make sure you are fully supported mentally and physically, Ayurvedic Protein contains turmeric, cinnamon and ginger for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
Yes, immune-boosting can be delicious. Have a daily scoop of antiviral protection.
Be safe and well, friends.
Big (sanitized) hugs,
Founder, Ayurvedic Protein