Breathe…and Make Time for Yourself

The upcoming “freeze” (partial shutdown) in many states and cities is needed, and it also might be confronting for you. It is for me. 

I am already pretty isolated. I live alone and I spend a lot of time alone. Like everyone else, I haven’t socialized much over the past several months. I did spend a little bit of time writing in coffee shops (doing it now) just so I can be around people, somewhat, even if I’m alone at my own table.

I am worried about being even more isolated during the shutdown. I am worried I will feel even more lonely and emotional. Therefore I probably won’t want to do anything productive.

Loneliness is on the rise during the pandemic, which isn’t a surprise. We don’t get to spend time with our loved ones and have the social experiences we usually enjoy. On top of it, it’s darker, colder and wetter, which also marks an increase in depression. 

Some of us are alone and lonely. Others are stressed about losing your job or busy home-schooling your kids while balancing work. We are all in different situations, yet are are dealing with something.

Whatever you are dealing with, 
breathe…and make time for yourself.

As a mindset and empowerment coach who is obsessed personal development work, I know I don’t have live into a fear-based future. This extra time by myself is helping me slow down, take deep breaths throughout my day, bring awareness to what I am dealing with.

Trust yourself and give yourself exactly what you need right now. Does that mean sleeping a bit longer, exercising more, or creating your art? Is your inner knowing telling you it’s time to take action on that project you’ve been thinking about for years? This could be your most inspired and creative time!

What is the most loving thing you can do for yourself?

Only you will know.

I am choosing to transform fear and loneliness into self-love and action.

I see the opportunity to take really good care of myself physically, mentally, and spiritually. That means continuing and strengthening my empowering habits (journaling, exercise, meditation, hiking, etc.) I am also excited to keep reading and writing and diving into writing projects I put on the back-burner. 

► What is the opportunity for you?

As hard as the pandemic has been on you, I know we all will continue to grow and expand through this experience. 

Hindus in India and around the world just celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which mark a new year and symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

Going into darkness isn’t bad. It gives us time to dig deeper and celebrate the light. The light is always there, even if we can’t see it right away✨ 

Top photo from back cover of Breathe Magazine.

Second Photo by Udayaditya Barua on Unsplash

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