We're living in a time where things are still changing daily. New information and developments. All while we settle into a new reality. For me, I've been allowing myself to flow between structure and space to help me stay balanced.
Structure is helpful because it gives your mind a sense of control. During uncertainty and change, your mind grasps for any sense of control. Establishing some routines in your day can help with that. It gives you a sense of certainty amidst the uncertainty. Having routines also frees up your mental space. If you know that you'll be doing a set routine in the morning, then that's one less thing you have to think about. Yes, it may take a little bit of planning on the front-end to think about what you want your routine to be. But, once you decide on that and it becomes a habit, then you no longer have to think about it.
At the same time, we're globally experiencing a period of trauma and grief. And, with that, it's important to also allow space. Allow space for unexpected emotions to arise. Space to talk to your loved ones about how they're feeling. Space to engage in hobbies, games, or creative projects that allow your mind to wander and process.
So, how have I been going about this?
I create structure around certain times and activities of my day. I also have blocks of time each day where I allow myself to do whatever feels right to me in the moment. At times that's scrolling through social media to find funny memes. Other times, it's binging on a Netflix series. And, other times, it's picking up the phone to talk to a friend or family member.
I'm giving myself some slack. It's ok to rest. It's ok to not look at my to-do list. It's also ok if I don't even make a to-do list! This is an unsual time in history. I mentioned it in my previous blog, but this is a time to tune in and honor your self-care needs. It may look different day to day, and that's ok.
If you're looking for a little guidance and inspiration, I have a friend who created a workshop series. It's all available for free. She brought together wellness and business experts from all over. I had the privilege to be part of the event and spoke on Ayurveda Wellness At Home. My workshop is included in this blog post. You can access the rest of the series on Youtube here.
I also came across this Wellness Worksheet that I thought was beautiful and wanted to share with you. As you know, I belong to many physician groups, and this was something one of my colleagues created. I liked it and asked her if I could share it with you!
Take very good care of your body, mind, and spirit. I'm here for you. Send me a message or leave a comment here letting me know if you found these resources helpful.