Finding calm during a wave of massive change. Everything is changing. Everything that was normal to us is now restricted. We can not travel, go to the park, see our friends. What is was normal is no longer normal.
In this time, I am not unaffected. I am finding myself fearful and full of anxiety. I fear for the vulnerable close to me, I fear for society at large, for not only the health effects but also the social implication of what this pandemic is creating.
Yet this state of being is unsustainable. The fear and anxiety will affect the functioning of my body and even my immune system.
So now I am making a conscious effort to do something about this. Yes, it will keep arising. We are in a period of unknown and that naturally creates fear.
These are the steps I am doing so far:
- Created an exercise routine. For example, every morning we do exercise and I have my children run around the house and then star jumps and other activities to expend some energy. Then we do some qi gong breathing to relax and calm.
- When I find myself in a state of anxiety and panic, I lie down in a quiet space, one hand on my heart and the other just below my belly button and take deep breaths until I am calm.
- Diffuse essential oils. I love essential oils and use them in a diffuser everyday.
- Acupressure Pericardium 6. I hold this point as it is often used for anxiety and relaxing the chest which is many of use hold tension when we feel anxiety.
A little more about Pericardium 6 – it is a point often used in acupuncture for calming, tight chest and cough. It is also used for nausea and stomach upsets as well as reducing irritability.
Acupressure is highly effective. I use it on children and often give acupressure prescriptions for home use between treatments.
Please stay safe and care for the vulnerable. Give thanks to the healthcare workers that are caring for the sick.