Moving into our second month of self isolation we wanted to share some of the ways we are navigating the anxiety and uncertainty that has come up with everything that's going on in the world.
There are a number of ways I've been keeping myself grounded and I wanted to share them with you:
1. Morning routine
Having a morning routine sets the tone for the day and I love the momentum and feeling of accomplishment it creates.
- But first coffee, waking up at 5:30 doesn't happen without coffee for me. I always use a splash of The Tahiti as a creamer
- Once I've had a few sips of coffee, I put on "The Daily Calm" through my Calm meditation app. I love how timely the topics they cover are.
- Then I open my journal and spill out whatever is on my mind, I've found journalling through this time super therapeutic.
- Last is movement, I love Melissa Wood Health's flows, she mixes pilates with yoga for gentle but super effective workouts.
2. Nourish with food
Lately I've been loving starting the day with smoothies and incorporating adaptogens that combat stress and anxiety and boost immunity. Some of my faves are ashwanganda, reishi and chlorella blended with our nourishing Nut Mylk a cup of frozen berries and a handful of greens. Another way I've been keeping nourished is with LOTS of fresh veggies.
3. Take Media breaks
Social media can be an amazing platform, I've seen so many encouraging, positive and relatable content being created, but I've also seen lots of judgemental and negative stories. I've found taking social media breaks super helpful to protect my positive energy.
News media is also another platform I've had to navigate, personally, I stay informed with government websites and check in on daily case counts that way. I find the news to be triggering at times with often fear-based content. That said it's important to stay informed, here's the website I use.
4. Connect with loved ones
This is a given for many of you, but taking time out to schedule a Facetime or call a loved one makes all the difference to feel more connected.
5. Spend time in nature
Going for walks with Dave are essential for me. If the seawall is busy I'll drive to trails at UBC or North Van.
6. Avoid too much alcohol and processed foods
This is a big one, It's so easy to fall into unhealthy habits with both food and alcohol. I've found maintaining a healthy diets that limits processed and preservative rich foods super helpful. For alcohol, setting boundaries around consumption has been really important, and for me, that's not having more than 1 drink so I don't wake up feeling anxious or hung over.
I want to stress that we all have our own ways of dealing with fear and uncertainty. I've shared whats' been working for me and that may not work for you, take what you like, leave what you don't.
Sending you and your families lots of love we cannot wait to see you all at community events and markets when this is all over!!