When the isolation and social distancing guidelines were enforced I observed that many of us, and I include myself here, went to the extreme to fill our days with activities to beat boredom and hopefully reduce stress. We discovered the wonders of technology, joining countless new social media groups, attending regular Zoom calls with family, friends and other social groups.
We became very creative in how we maintained our relationships and connections with the outside world. Books clubs went online, Virtual birthday parties were conducted by Zoom. In fact, last week my 6 year old grandson, Ethan, had two Virtual Birthday parties one with his grandparents on his birthday and another with his school friends.
We have made daily schedules to take up every minute of the day and I know I even promoted that idea in the beginning of the period of ISO. We needed structure, we needed to feel that the days wouldn’t drag on and we needed to avoid feeling trapped.
We took up new hobbies and started new learning online.
We turned to baking, especially comfort food and for many, they discovered online fitness classes which became part of their daily routine. For me, I created a 7-day Eat Healthy for Life Challenge for the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group, to ensure we maintained healthy eating pattern including immune boosting foods.
All wonderful ideas to help reduce stress and anxiety but in some cases this structure has also become mentally overwhelming.
I’m feeling a little exhausted just reading all that we have done! Then I happened upon this quote:
Nourishment for my Soul
Activity of some kind is great but we also need to take time out to nourish our Soul, our Spirit. Yes hobbies and being creative can fill your soul with joy but to me, nourishment for my soul also means just being in the moment and resting my mind and body.
Over the last week, I have felt mentally drained. I have been working furiously to finish my Fitness Certification which I will complete by the end of May. I created and put a huge amount of time and effort into my 7-day Eat Healthy for Life Challenge. I have been on mental overload and now feel life is more of an effort than it should be. I’ve been worrying about an issue which I have been procrastinating about and this is robbing me of peace of mind.
I felt my spirit, my soul wasn’t singing and I needed to do something to change that.
I needed to take action so this week, I decided to take some time out and only do what I really needed to do.
- I didn’t blog last week because I just didn’t feel creative in my thought and the words would not flow.
- I didn’t send a Newsletter to my readers because I had nothing of value to say.
- I didn’t as much time on social media or reading my favourite blogs. I hope they understand.
- I didn’t continue with several online courses I had signed for and have put them on the back burner.
I took the pressure off.
- I took time to breathe. Really breathe. Concentrating on deep inhales and then cleansing exhales as I mentally let all of my stress and anxiety go.
- I went for daily walks or runs by the ocean and just breathed in the fresh, crisp air. Autumn is definitely here and the mornings and evenings are crisp with the days sunny and clear! A perfect way to nourish my soul.
- I took time to notice nature. During my walks there seems to be so many butterflies around this year.
- I started 30 days of Yoga with Adriene with one of my Saturday Sisters. Yoga makes me stop and clear my mind even though it is also a physical workout, I find the practice brings mental peace.
- I let my schedule go and just enjoyed inspirational flow days
- I did some baking and made a delicious healthy version of ANZAC biscuits which I found on Wendy’s Way to Health
After a few days, I was feeling refreshed and although I’m still stumbling with my creative thinking, my mind is clear and my spirit feels stronger.