5 Suggestions To Keep Wholesome And Grounded Throughout Lockdown – firebird-cbdoil
We are experiencing one of the most transformative moments in human history. The COVID-19 virus spread around the world in less than six months, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands sick. This disease not only shows the cracks in the American system, but also acts as a backlight for the breaks in the global system. It's hard not to feel stressed, scared, confused, and even sick now that we're facing global disease and being forced into isolation. It is as if we have had a collective break. Despite the uncertainty, everything will be fine in the end. We just need to focus on skills that will help us stay grounded and healthy in this difficult time.
Before I dive in, a little bit about who I am. My name is Dee Dussault and I was a pioneer of Ganja Yoga. We are a global community of modern cannabis yogis who use the old practice of mixing cannabis and yoga. This practice is not the average set of asanas (postures) through which people are typically guided in yoga classes. Our cannabis-enhanced practice is designed to help people of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels find deep relaxation through conscious, light movements. When MERRY JANE asked me to write a little piece to help people calm down in this very stressful time, I was honored.
Here are the five most important tips from a mindful yogi for health and well-being during the outbreak of the corona virus – and afterwards.
Reaching and touching someone – practical
Health is so much more than what we eat and how much we train. Good health also arises from our connections to others. How much love we give and let into our lives increases the level of serotonin to feel good in the brain and makes us emotionally and physically more resistant to stress – and stress is related to almost every illness and illness. So at the moment it's critical to manage it and do things that make you feel good, such as talking to people you love.
Serotonin is also released when we do thoughtful things for others. Even if we cannot physically help others at the moment, we can try to examine those who are in complete isolation. Call or send a text to see if they have everything they need. It's a cliché, but it's the little things that really matter in times of crisis.
And while you're at it, call your parents and check them out. Family dynamics can be complicated, but in stressful times, connecting to your family unit can be just the comfort we need. Whether your friends are your family or you have a close-knit group of relatives, organize a virtual game night (stoned charades are my current favorite and highly recommended), a cooking class, and a book club (digital book selection from your local library is likely to always be still accessible or use audiobooks) or organize an old-fashioned cloud of smoke with people you care about.
After all, you are not afraid to feel and express your feelings. If you want to cry, you cry. If you have a more cerebral language, write down how you feel. Or maybe you can use Instagram to express how you feel to let others know that they are not alone with their experience. Whatever you're feeling right now is fine.
Note negative soliloquy
This turbulent time is the perfect opportunity to release habits and thoughts that no longer serve us. Isolation can help raise awareness of these patterns. Critical inner judgment is something that most of us developed as children because our brains were still forming and our parents did not realize how impressive we were even to their slightest negative clues.
It is time for us to become parents again and learn to really deeply love ourselves and to forgive, understand and be patient with every mistake we have. For example, if you spill your coffee, you'll notice your instinct to say, "I'm such an idiot." If you are only aware of this, you can break this unconscious pattern. Try to rephrase it as soon as you see it: "Everyone does this, no big deal." These seemingly small changes will have a huge impact on our self-esteem and self-representation over time.
Also note your thoughts on health and wellness. See if you can focus on positive thoughts and gratitude instead of fear-based thoughts. Instead of "I did not have a very healthy lifestyle, I will probably get sick" try to rephrase yourself: "I am now committed to my health and improve my resilience with every little step."
Here it can be very helpful to find a responsible person. In this way you can both agree to observe and (lovingly) change your own judgmental inner thoughts for a week. This deeper exercise (and if you let someone stick to the exercise) will completely change your perception. Your awareness will grow. The next time you check in with your friend to see how it's going, you'll likely have a lot to talk about.