Creatively Coping with COVID-19

Creatively Coping with COVID19

Be Active

Rather than thinking of all the things you aren’t able to do, why not focus on activities you can take part in. Consider the following:

  • Spring cleaning - you’ve got no excuse to put it off. :-) You’re home and can’t go anywhere. When your house is clean and tidy you’ll feel better. It’s a fact!
  • Cooking and baking - try new recipes. You most likely have more time than usual to prepare meals. Take advantage of that. Make meal preparation a family affair. (Try the recipe below from the Forks Over Knives magazine.)
  • Get outside - regardless of where you live, practice social distancing while you’re outdoors. Go fo a walk, enjoy a hike in the woods, go for a bike ride, fly a kite, or whatever. Fresh air and physical activity will help you feel better.
  • Go for a drive - take a joy ride and go see the sights via car. Order take-out to pick up while you are out or pack a lunch.
  • House project or renovation...
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Identifying and Managing Stress

emotional health wellness Dec 12, 2019

Stress is a natural occurrence. It’s impossible to eliminate, but an overabundance can reek havoc on your physical and emotional health. Developing a natural way to relieve stress and manage it, as much as possible, is key to reaching and maintaining overall wellness.

IDENTIFY STRESSORS

Determine what causes you stress. Is it work, family gatherings and obligations, shopping for the “right” gift, travel, work, or etc? Spend some time analyzing the things that make you feel anxious. Consider writing them down and reflecting on them.

STRESS INDUCED ACTIVITIES

What self sabotaging activities do you engage in when you’re feeling stressed out? Do you engage in any of the following, or some other activity: eating, drinking, yelling, binge watching the Hallmark channel, shopping, or sleeping? Bring awareness to how you react to stress and how it affects you. 

WAYS TO ALLEVIATE STRESS

There are a variety of actions you can take to handle unwanted...

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The Health Benefits of Meditation

 

Do you meditate? Have you ever tried? I have at various times over the years. Finally, about two months ago, I gave it another try and have been much more successful this time. If you don’t currently meditate I highly recommend you start.

Meditation can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. It can help you remain calm throughout the day. Your body and mind will be revitalized and refreshed during this time of deep relaxation. Meditation may also be useful in relieving stress and anxiety. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance

 

When it comes to your physical health, meditating on a regular basis can result in the following benefits:

  • Relieve asthma
  • Lessen chronic pain
  • ...
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How to Support Your Emotions with Essential Oils

 

Using Essential Oils to Support Your Emotions

When I was introduced to essential oils I had no idea all of the things they could be used for. I had recently completed radiation and had finished my breast cancer treatment journey. The idea of supporting the systems in my body naturally through the use of essential oils was very appealing to me.

Now one of my favorite ways to use them is for emotional support. Fragrances and scents can be used as holistic healing treatments, called aromatherapy, to promote a sense of well being. Natural plant extracts are inhaled with the use of a diffuser, an aromatic spritzer, or applied topically to the skin so you can smell them.

Not all essential oils are the same so be sure to use a high quality oil. Many store-bought oils have been produced with pesticides or extracted using chemicals (to get more yield). I recommend Young Living oils as they have a Seed to Seal™ guarantee. This means each plant is hand weeded, there are no pesticides...

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Overcoming Fear

Fear can take many forms and prevent you from doing a variety of things. You may fear something and not even realize it. Holding on to fear can have a negative impact on your overall health and wellness by causing stress, anxiety or doubt.

Do you have a fear of change, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear to try new things, fear of letting others know how you feel, fear of being judged, fear of sharing your true self, or something else? There are as many types of fear as there are people. So what can you do about it?

Here are 5 steps you can take to overcome your fear:
1. Recognize and admit the fear.
2. Write it down.
3. Share what you're afraid of with someone. It could be a family member, friend or health care professional.
4. Think about the steps you can take to overcome it. Write them down.
5. Start moving forward. Begin slowly. Get help and/or support if necessary.

It may be difficult, but think about how great you'll feel when you conquer it! If it don't...

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