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How are you taking care of yourself?

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This week's question asks:

How are you taking care of yourself?

At all times - but especially during overwhelming fear and anxiety that is rising around this pandemic - self-care is crucial. How are you taking care of yourself these days?

 

For myself: I've committed to 20 minutes of silent meditation each day, adding additional sits of guided meditations and chanting as I feel called to. This daily morning practice has really helped to ease my mind upon waking. I'm also doing a mini-cleanse, freeing up some energy in my digestive system to help restore my energy levels.

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I mostly isolate, definitely social distancing, and hand wash. I take walks without other people around and practice QiGong. It is my understanding that QiGong helps strengthen the immune system. That is something I have practice regularly for 15 years. Just clarifying as I don't want this post to sound like I'm suggesting what others can do to be safe and virus free by doing QiGong.

🙂 Attached is a picture I took on my last walk along Tennessee River in Chattanooga.

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All the above sounds wonderful! I've been taking daily walks as well with my two dogs. I'm quite happy that spring seems to have arrived in Sweden so it's warm enough to bask in the sun in the forest for a while during a walk, or on my balcony.

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Hi! I am focusing on taking care of my whole self by starting every day with prayer, tea, and gratitude. I’m staying off anything electronic during my first and last 1 1/2 hours of each day. 

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Honestly I'm finding so much peace in the stillness in the normally chaotic city I live in. Spending a lot more time sitting in these new quiet moments, reflecting and trying to appreciate the small benefits the earth is getting during this time, vs worrying. Also spending more time connecting with family and friends (by phone and video)

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11 hours ago, Linda Smith said:

Hi! I am focusing on taking care of my whole self by starting every day with prayer, tea, and gratitude. I’m staying off anything electronic during my first and last 1 1/2 hours of each day. 

These are wonderful practices @Linda Smith. Thank you for sharing! The technology bit I really resonate with. I have to admit, I've been less mindful of my technology usage in early mornings and evenings lately. But this inspires me to set some boundaries around my phone usage at those key times during the day. So thank you for the reminder!

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2 hours ago, Ro H. said:

Honestly I'm finding so much peace in the stillness in the normally chaotic city I live in. Spending a lot more time sitting in these new quiet moments, reflecting and trying to appreciate the small benefits the earth is getting during this time, vs worrying. Also spending more time connecting with family and friends (by phone and video)

I really think this is a wonderful opportunity for reflection as you mentioned. It feels as if we are all being called to settle down and to tune in with greater care and intent. 

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I am putting a more scheduled day together. It helps with the day being longer.  I still have times where there just is not enough day in the day.   First and foremost is me.  When I wake up I have to remind myself take care of me.  Meditation, special qigong, reading inspiration, and doing something creative.  Then I begin my work day.  If talking and helping people is work and it is not for me.  I am beginning to walk more as my foot heals.  My biggest accomplishment is going to bed before midnight every night.  I use to stay up all night.  It feels good to sleep regularly.  

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Great reminder to prioritize self-care first thing in the morning. Thank you Paige! I will take this as a reminder to do the same. My self-care routine includes some combination of yoga, meditation, sipping cacao, and journaling or poetry writing, but I haven't been prioritizing it as much as it deserves.

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Thank you @Gillian Sangerand everyone who posted in this thread. I really appreciated hearing about all your self care practices. During this situation, I find myself extremely busy trying to support my co-workers and team to navigate working remotely to serve clients.

I am taking care of myself by doing one mindfulness practice exercise each day. I also go for a daily walk and practice mindfulness while walking.

Hope everyone has a lovely day.

Kind Regards,

Gene

 

 

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On 4/24/2020 at 6:52 AM, Gillian Sanger said:

@Paige PIlege - I took your reminder to heart this morning as I set aside 40 minutes to sip cacao, journal, and meditate. It was very nourishing!

@Gillian SangerYes, I love getting myself together first thing in the morning and start winding down around 4pm  Makes for a busy day.  But very rewarding, nourishing I agree.  

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