It was sure to happen. First, a text from the County advising everyone to “STAY HOME” to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This was, of course, followed by an order from the State to “stay-at-home” or “shelter-at-home”. No matter what words they use, it means a big change in our lives. But even so, I have in mind to use this downtime for self-improvement. They say, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” Improving myself will definitely contribute to my ability to “weather the storm”.
Self-improvement? I really don’t see how I could become a better person. I’m already the best I can be. Lol
The difficulty is not so much in staying at home as it is the disruption of our usual routine. In fact, initially, it’s exciting to have a change. “Work from home? No problem. Got me some comfy pajamas, a soft couch, and a good internet connection. I’ve got this.” At least, you think you’ve got it. Nevertheless, after settling into that cushy couch with your coffee, your cell phone comes out. You want to check your emails. Next thing you know, you’re on IG or YouTube for a quick catch-up on anything other than work.
Subsequently, after about a week, you figure out that this isn’t as much fun as you thought it would be. If you want to keep that money coming in, you’re gonna need a new plan. One that’s more considered and deliberate. You need to figure out a daily work and well-being routine. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Hopefully, the end result will be that you experience personal growth and become a better person.
Where does the mindfulness come in?
Coming up right now. Basically, it comes down to self-love, which, by the way, is defined as, “Regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.”.
Basically, you need to take care of yourself. By applying a degree of thoughtfulness as you do, you’ll be able to focus on the now. Get it? You’ll be mindful of the present as you let go of past problems and future worries. My plan for self-improvement includes the following:
1. Exercise Your Mind and Body for relief from stress
Begin the process with mindfulness meditation. You’ll be amazed at how much it helps to manage difficult times. The key here is to train your mind to relax. It’s not so much that you’re expected to completely clear your mind. Rather, if a troubling or disruptive thought arrives, simply acknowledge it and allow it to move on. Here’s an effective Mindfulness Breathing Guided Meditation.
Anyone seeking personal growth would do well to try a martial art such as Tai Chi. Not only does it offer defensive training and health benefits, but it also allows for mindful meditation. What’s more, it’s easy to find a class. Just look online and, for sure, you’ll have a number of classes to choose from. Staying in the moment as you move is important when it comes to building mental and physical strength.
2. Drink plenty of water and Eat Good Food
Eating a healthy diet with lots of fresh produce, whole grains, and protein will help you enjoy life more. Not only that, you’ll have the fortitude to do battle with emotions like depression and anxiety when they strike.
Build some time into your day to prepare a lovely meal, put on some music, and sit down at the table and indulge.
This is also a great time to try new recipes or get back to baking. If the kids are home, wouldn’t it be nice to pass down some of your kitchen secrets? After all, book-learning isn’t the only way to educate them.
3. Reach Out to Others
Remember, you’re not alone. Communicating with friends and family is a great way to keep it together. You don’t need me to tell you how to stay in touch. You’ve got many choices, so pick a few and get on it.
Check out this Dance Safari post, “6 Things Your Mom Would Tell You About the Power of Positive Thinking“.
Some day we’ll look back on this time and realize it was a turning point in our development. Self-improvement comes from sharing affection and appreciation for yourself and others. Love, discipline, and mindfulness will guide you for the rest of your life. La tranquillita.
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