Maintaining Mindfulness & Social Distancing
“All over the world, people are being quarantined and are being compelled to practice social distancing. We are trying desperately to remain sane in a world that seems bordering on the insane. So, the time is just right for us to ponder, reflect, meditate, and discover the world within our own minds.” -
We're all in a very unusual situation at the moment - something most of us have never experienced in our lifetimes! Working from home, or out of work completely, and self isolating/social distancing is incredibly important to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the moment, but that doesn't make it easy!
This (temporary) lifestyle change can be quite overwhelming and feel somewhat claustrophobic at times, but luckily our amazing teachers have been working hard to provide you with some tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy mind whilst being locked indoors. Read on to find out what Ali & Chloe have been up to over the past couple of weeks, and what techniques and things they do to keep occupied and mindful.
Ali keeps sane (debatable I know!) by focusing on the rhythms and cycles of nature, here she shares some musings on the night sky and this poem from her class last week has helped her to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets we’ve had lately..
When your world moves too fast
And you lose yourself in the chaos
Introduce yourself to each colour of the sunset
Reacquaint yourself with the earth beneath your feet
Thank the air that surrounds you with every breath you take
Find yourself in the appreciation of life
- Christy Ann Martine
With a number of us confined to home extending our knowledge and understanding of the universe around us can be a useful way to feel grounded and make our problems seem a little smaller.
Ali’s students will know her favourite posture is half moon and she often themes her classes around the moon cycles during her classes.
One of the positives of more of us working from home is that The European Space Agency has reported a 40% reduction in Nitrogen Dioxide and particulate matter (mainly from car exhausts) across the whole of Europe as more of us work from home/stay at home.
The sky has been particularly beautiful this month and with clearer skies why not see if you can notice the moon cycles more closely - the new moon is traditionally a time to set new intentions for the month ahead, where the full moon is a time to reflect and release anything that no longer serves you.
Venus is particular spectacular for the next few weeks and it’s visible from the naked eye just after sunset.
Gaze out at space
Aware of multicoloured luminosity
The blue sky, filled with rays from the sun
The night sky, dark, yet crisscrossed by the light of a billion stars
How can this be?
All space is the same
Inside you and far away
Lose yourself in spaciousness
Come home to your true Self
- The Radiance Sutras
Read through Chloe's list of things she's been up to in order to nourish the mind when the world outside is so uncertain, and we are self isolating under lockdown.
Chloe's top ten tips for staying happy & healthy:
1. Video chat or phone calls with one loved one outside your household per day.
2. Cook all your meals as much from scratch as you can (maybe whilst listening to your music of choice meanwhile – mine is usually Pink Floyd or Bruce Springsteen!).
3. Practice selfcare everyday: that could be taking an extra 10 minutes in the bath than usual, doing face masks, self-massage. I’ve been painting my nails with patterns and leaving my hair soaking in coconut overnight every few nights.
4. Get moving! Being sedentary can make us feel very lethargic and lonely, so keeping moving is important to boost our hormones and energy. There are so many home workouts flying around social media you may like to try (I recommend ‘Group Ex with PTGavin’ on Facebook). However, a simple walk, jog, bike ride might be just what you need.
5. Yoga – no more words needed here.
6. Do those odd jobs around the house that you never ‘get around too’ – I’ve sorted out my wardrobe, cupboards, repainted my garden Buddha & elephant statues, and serviced my car.
7. Take the time to learn a new skill: I’ve been teaching myself to knit!
8. Relax without the guilt of making lists of things you ‘should be doing’ – I’ve been reading a book called ‘invisible women: exposing the data bias in a world designed for men’ (sorry fellas!), colouring in my yoga adult colouring book, and watching the Marvel films in order (as I’ve never seen them!).
9. Write down one or two things you are grateful for every day. We may not be able to control the world around us right now, but we can control our response to it. This can be very simple like having food in your fridge or being grateful for the hard work that all the key workers are doing for us in this time of need.
10. Smile – because it will get better.
We hope that these tips will help you if you're struggling at the moment. Make sure to follow Chloe on her social media pages to hear more...
If you try out any of the things suggested in our blog post today, please comment and let us know! Let us know what you've been up to during the quarantine and share any ideas an tips you may have yourselves. Be sure to subscribe by entering your email if you want regular updates about our blog, we will be using this platform as much as we can over the next couple of weeks! Thank you again for all of your support.
Lots of love,
TYB Team x