6 wellbeing practices to help you stay grounded through uncertain times
6th April 2020
We don’t know about you, but between changing routines, information overload and caring for loved ones, the past few weeks have been a bit of challenge. So, with so much going on around us, what simple steps can we take to reduce the noise, find stillness and stay grounded in these changing times?
Staying calm and grounded in times of upheaval and change is not always easy. And that’s ok. It’s ok to not be as productive as you were before. It’s ok to find this ‘new normal’ challenging. It is ok to be fine one day and struggling the next. It’s ok to not be ok.
We cannot change the things going on around us, but we can change the way that we react, respond and navigate our way through these times. Now more than ever, we must go inwards, tune into our own rhythm until we feel our spirits lift and our feet touch the ground. Now is the moment to make time for your needs, treat yourself with care and kindness and find ways to make this ‘new normal’ work for you.
Whether you’ve found your groove with the plethora of online wellness classes or are still adapting to the new pace of life, here are 6 wellbeing practices to help you stay grounded and build self-compassion and resilience.
1. Find your routine
Instead of seven day week, it may feel like you’re now down to three days – yesterday, today and tomorrow. To ensure you don’t lose those other four days, develop weekly or even daily routines.
Your routine may be on a personal, relationship or family level or related to work. It could be getting up at the same time every day and getting ready for the day even if it will mostly be spent at home. Alternatively, you may decide to join a weekly online wellness class, plan a home date night once a week or ensure you finish work at a set time each day. They may be small things, but getting into a good routine is a big part of helping you stay grounded. It brings a sense of normality, helps you balance different areas of your life and maintain healthy practices including eating and sleeping patterns which are all important for your mental and physical health.
2. Practice self-care
Although we are huge fans of candles and bubble baths, it is not the be-all and end-all of self-care. Self-care comes in many forms and ultimately is any action that allows you to lovingly take care of your mental, physical or emotional wellbeing; Simple in theory and also in practice, but often forgotten on a day to day basis.
Having a good cry in the shower, cooking your favourite meal, dancing to your favourite tunes, catching up with a loved one or even saying no to something can all be acts of self-care. Take the time to understand what it means for you and to actively plan it into your day. Whatever you decide to do, be mindful of how it makes you feel and what impact it has on your wellbeing.
3. Relax, reflect and recharge
With many of us being home-based, the pressure to be productive, workout or learn a new skill is so acute. However, now more than ever we need to learn to relax our minds and bodies, reflect on our needs and priorities and recharge our batteries.
Take a few moments each day to relax. Listen to one of our free meditations, or just sit and focus on your breath, taking the time to rest and recharge your mind, body and soul.
Focus on your mindset and focusing on the positive things in your life right now. What are you grateful for? Where do you see abundance in your life right now? Download our ‘Relax, Reflect & Recharge’ worksheets, a collection of simple exercises and prompts to help you look inside yourself and reflect.
These moments of stillness and reflection are opportunities for you to be compassionate towards yourself and identify what you need to improve and support your wellbeing.
4. Stay connected
Stay connected to the world outside of your home and not just by reading the news or scrolling through social media. We are physically isolated, but that doesn’t mean we have to be socially isolated from loved ones or our favourite groups and communities. Organise family video dinners and cocktail/mocktail hours with friends, celebrate birthdays and take part in online wellbeing meets and clubs.
5. Switch off
It may sound contradictory after we just suggested you stay connected, but balance is the spice of life right now. Between the news, updates from family and friends and social media, it can be hard to switch off BUT it is so important to do so. Stop scrolling. Take social media breaks. Limit the time you spend reading the news and on social media. Don’t spend a whole day on video calls. The time that you disconnect is time you can spend connecting to yourself, especially when what you consume may, in fact, be adding to your anxiety.
6. Don’t compare. Do you.
And finally, don’t compare how you navigate this time with those around you or how you feel you should be managing. We all have different needs, responsibilities and resources and the only thing we can do is what works for us in this situation. Between social media and our relationships (friends, family and partners), we can often get caught up in the need to be happy and unphased with the changes that are going on. It’s great if you are, but it’s also completely normal and ok if you aren’t.
There will be days when you struggle and days when navigating our current reality is easier. Feel into your emotional and mental state and as often as possible try to meet your needs. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so take each day as it comes and take care of yourself.