Until we get a handle on the pandemic, we all need to give our minds and bodies extra TLC and engage in just about any and every activity possible that can contribute to supporting our well-being through these tough times. Good sleep, healthy foods, no sugar and regular movement – these are all essential parts of the self-care package, but don’t forget one of the most under-rated wellness habits: spending time in nature.
Though it may be harder to come by these days, laughing it up does wonders for your health, so I urge you to indulge every day. Just like getting good sleep, eating your veggies and daily exercise, laughter is an essential, particularly now, when it’s so easy for our chaotic world to drag spirits down.
Now, millions of people are rushing to upgrade their health habits to build immunity so they’ll be ready to fend off the next viral spike should it come (and it probably will). That’s at least one positive sea-change to come out of our current pandemic era. A great way to start is by removing the toxins that undermine it, and topping that list are the endocrine disrupters (EDs).
One of the best ways to get away from it all quickly and easily is with meditation. It’s free, easy to do and can be done anywhere you can find a quiet spot. Meditation’s benefits are legion – it helps cultivate adaptability, resilience, and reduces reactivity (as well as the lashing out that can accompany it), while offering brain and heart protection; better immunity, mood, sleep, feelings of calm; reduced anxiety, pain sensitivity, etc.
To power through all those pandemic-generated Zoom-calls, hours of parenting, and tending to the rest of our busy lives, we need energy and plenty of it. But for a lot of us dealing with "crisis fatigue," that much needed energy is exactly what's in short supply.