How To Keep Calm
March 16, 2020 Posted by Y2 Yoga Blog
Life is so much easier when you just chill out.
We promise! With all the buzz going around about COVID-19, we thought it might be a good time to give our lovely yogis some advice on how to relax, breathe, and stay calm (and healthy) throughout our chaotic lives…. we are a yoga studio…. so technically it’s our duty and our mission to keep you all calm and collected.
- Stop yourself from reacting. Before going into freak out mode out loud or in your head, pause for just a second and collect the facts first. Facts, then feelings. Don’t let your mind wander.
- Avoid those “what if” thoughts. What if’s are your worst enemy. They allow your mind to wander and create situations in your head that have not happened yet, and could never happen in the first place. What if questions come from a place of fear and worry. If you find yourself thinking these (dumb) what if’s, try to create positive what if’s along with those (dumb) negative ones.
- Take care of yourself. Your body, your mind, your freaking soul my friend! First and foremost, make your health a priority. Eat good foods (and by good we mean healthy choices), exercise (here’s why), and get a lot of sleep. This perfect trio can and will improve your mood, and help you think more clearly.
- Disconnect. Completely. Just for a little while. And when we say disconnect, we mean, distance yourself from the situation that is causing you so much stress, and take some quiet time alone. Forget about everything for just a little bit, and come back to it all later. Give yourself a break.
- Manage your media diet. This tip is obviously correlated to the situation regarding COVID-19. There is a fine line between staying informed, and feeling overwhelmed by the news. During times like these, usually our exposure to the news increases, and so does our stress. There are many different media outlets, all stating different things and contradicting each other, which can make you more confused, and more worried. the media can also be very vague. It’s important to stick to the media outlets that are trusted forms of communication. Like the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization)
- Stick to routine. You might already have a slightly new schedule if you’re now working from home, or your kids aren’t in school. However, creating and following a new and consistent routine, can be very calming. Especially if it feels like there are a lot of things changing around you.
- Mindfulness & RRR. RRR means to Relax, Relate, and Release. Fear, stress and anxiety are rooted from life’s limitless unknowns. Not knowing what the future holds brings 99% of our stress and worries. Which is why it is important to focus on the present. It might be tempting to escape from your anxiety or ignore it by distracting yourself. However, working through it can get rid of that annoying voice in your head slowly pulling you back to these negative thoughts and feelings. Try some of these meditation and mindfulness exercises instead. You won’t regret it.
- Find other things to do that bring you joy. Watch your favorite TV show or movie. Bake a cake. Play Cards Against Humanity, Take a yoga class (preferably in a clean, well sanitized studio… like ours). Instead of continuing to think and talk about your worries, do something else!
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That is why they call it the present.”
Don’t put happiness or life on hold during stressful times, work through them, take the precautions necessary, and don’t forget to take care of yourself. Namaste Y2 Yogi’s.