Amelia’s 3 Cs
|In the midst of all of the emails and posts about the virus, I received one today that I think is really nice. It’s from Amelia Barnes, a spunky young woman from Manitoba who owns a yoga clothing company called Prana Vida. Not only do I like her gear, I often like what she has to say. So, today, I share with you her “The three Cs for when you feel like crap” because I really couldn’t have said it better myself.|
(I’m hoping you check out her store as a way to thank her.)
Without a doubt, not talking time to rest and unplug from the media is the number one thing that puts me in a downward spiral. Stress leads to all kinds of physical and emotional problems (and reduces your immunity) and this in turn causes more stress. It’s also so much harder to see solutions and think positively/creatively when you are in a stressed state of mind. One of things I’ve found helps get me out of my thinking mind and into the present moment is movement linked with breath. One of my favourite things to do right now is go for walks, usually in the forest near our house, and breath while counting my steps. So example I’ll breath in for 6 steps, out for 6 steps, and repeat. My mind will wander but then I’ll realize I lost count and I’ll just start back again.
When I’m in a funk I usually stop bothering with tidying, putting away laundry and cleaning and within like all of 30 minutes the house is a total mess and then that creates a vicious cycle of feeling agitated because of my surroundings, then giving up entirely.
It seems so simple, but sometimes putting on some music or a podcast and spending 30 minutes doing some dishes, or clearing out a single junk drawer, or taking a shower and putting on real clothes, can give you some sense of calm and control. If your feeling overwhelmed, try just making one small goal at a time and trying to accomplish that.