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How to keep your sanity in a world that’s upside down

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a few weeks, we’ve all been impressed with the consequences of this Coronavirus. 

In the last couple of days more countries are taking strict measures to prevent the virus from spreading. Schools are closed, social activities and events are cancelled, people are working from home and some of us are in quarantaine or total lock down.

It’s easy to get scared and panic. It’s easy to get frustrated suddenly being stuck at home. Now, you’re sharing a rather tiny space with your family, maybe for hours and hours. Your kids (and partner!) are driving you crazy!

Plus, there’s the news. The constant stream of messages on only this subject doesn’t really help to keep your cool. I know, it’s scary, people! It would be so easy to lose our sanity! And that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do. Keeping calm and staying healthy at this point in life is extremely important. But how to do that?

1. Be healthy

Staying healthy is very important in avoiding getting (seriously) sick. Here’s a few things you can do at home to keep yourself and your family members healthy for as long as possible.

  • Eat healthy and nurturing foods. Fresh, organic veggies and fruits. Grass-fed meat. Eggs. And most importantly: No junk!
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Take lots of vitamins, like vit C
  • Take immune boosters like ginger, curcuma, echinacea, ginseng, elderberry, blueberries 
  • Take or use essential oils like lavender oil, tea tree oil, mint oil, oregano oil
  • Drink fresh herbal tea (e.g. ginger, curcuma, ginseng, green tea, lemon, thyme, cinnamon)
  • Rest to keep your energy high
  • Meditate or pray to eliminate stress
  • We need fresh air! Open up windows every day, or go outside for a walk if possible.
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid people that are sick
  • Keep moving your body, even if it’s just dancing in your living room (I would ALWAYS recommend doing that!). Yoga is also great to do (with kids) for body AND mind.
  • Take all the necessary precautions like washing hands, keeping everything clean
  • If you do get sick or a cold, stay home and limit contact with others

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2. Be prepared

The feeling of being prepared to what might come could give you back a sense of control and will help you not to panic. Don’t overly prepare, that could backfire, and accept that we can’t control everything. Now is a good time to practice the art of acceptance. Try to go with the flow and keep your cool. But a bit of preparation can help you keep your sanity.

Here is a list of simple things you could do to get prepared:

  • Make sure you have enough supplies at home to boost your immune systems. 
  • Make sure to have enough water and food to last a few weeks. 
  • Make sure you have candles, flash lights, batteries, a radio, etc, just in case the power goes down.
  • Hold of on any unnecessary travels and don’t book any new ones until you’re sure you can indeed travel freely. It would be a shame if you lose money due to cancellations.
  • Don’t buy tickets to big events taking place in the next couple of weeks or maybe even months.  We’re not sure how long this is all going to last.
  • Make sure you know what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Stack up on books, boardgames, movies and all kinds of fun stuff to do.
  • Make your home a nice play to be. Bring in (dried) flowers, declutter, rearrange things… Do whatever makes you feel great being at home.
  • Be prepared in case the internet goes done for a few days. Download (and better: print) all the info you might need, like insurances info, financial data, etc. Make sure you have info on how to stay healthy. Have info ready on how to fix simple things in your house. Make sure to have enough materials and stuff to do that doesn’t need the internet or even power, like books, boardgames and craft materials.

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3. Be positive

Staying positive in times of scare is SO important. I know, it’s easier said than done. If you’re in a place that’s hit really hard, like Italy, it’s so so difficult to remain positive! Imagine the military on your streets keeping you locked inside your home. Curfews, no social activities whatsoever…It’s hard and scary. But especially in this difficult times it’s very necessary to keep the spirits high and look at the bright side of life. But HOW???

  • We’ve all been given the gift of time! We’ve all been given time to stop and reflect on our lives. We’ve been given a chance to turn inwards and think and feel about our lives and what we’re doing.
  • We’ve been given time with our family! It’s a great time to reconnect and spent time together. It’s a great time to play boardgames, have movie nights, bake cookies, read books, etc. 
  • This is the time to practice acceptance, flexibility, creativity, kindness and compassion, connection and community. Now is the time to help each other. To think out of the box. To reclaim our strength and power, although it may not seem like it. Now is the time to show up for the planet and for humanity. Let’s stick together and be united. Check on your elders. Share your food. Take care of each others kids if you need to go to work. 
  • We’re slowing down and that means mother nature has been given a break. Mother Nature has been given time to heal a bit. The earth will be a better place after this. Take a moment to listen to birds, take in the sun, watch springtime unfold itself.
  • Trust in yourself and trust in the Universe. We’re in a storm. But you know what comes after this? Peace. We’re facing difficult times, but oh my, all the good that could come from this! I’m convinced we’re going to see a better world after this all passes.
  • Watch the news to keep up to date with any changes in your country, but don’t overindulge. Try to surround yourself with positivity and look for positive messages online. They’re there! 
  • Practice gratefulness for the gifts of time, togetherness, health and compassion. 
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Take care of yourself and your people, my dear. We’ve got this!!!

Thank you for being part of my community.

Much love & health,

Chabeli

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