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COVID-19 Self-Care Reset

“Reading is like travel, allowing you to exit your own life for a bit, and to come back with a renewed, even inspired, perspective.”

Laurie Helgoe, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength

Two weeks after social distancing rapidly became a priority for most of Toronto and the GTA — I felt exhausted. Worring for my loved ones and the people in my community wiped me out. Physically and mentally.

Stepping out for groceries created such incredible anxiety and I found myself consuming every piece of news I could dig up — silently hoping that this altered state of the world would be short-lived. Someone would come up with a quick solution right?

I happened to listen to this particular episode of Brene Brown’s fascinating podcast, and discovered that she appropriately referred to it as a collective weariness. At this point, I decided to take a week off an disconnect from the news, technology, and most people with the exception of a handful of loved ones.

The irony with all of this is that during the month of April, I was supposed to be travelling to Japan — to explore and spend time with an old friend. I needed a week in April to reset. This turned out to be exactly what I needed.

my reset routine (all at home)

  • Tai Chi in the morning
  • 10 minutes of mindful meditation or Inner Smile and Healing
  • Walk at least 10,000 steps per day
  • Read only fiction (this is important, it enables your mind to step into another perspective in a way that no other medium can)
  • Strive for 8 hours of sleep
  • Working out
  • Do something completely different and new (in my case, I started ordering cooking food I’ve never made before with Hello Fresh)

It is important to recognize that the idea of a reset isn’t to escape from the world or reality, but rather allow our minds to rest and bodies to recover from the adrenaline or stress. This reset routine isn’t for everyone and I also acknowledge that not everyone will have the opportunity or privilege to do what I’ve done but I’m sharing it because it really allowed me to re-energize to confront the fear and anxiety that I am sure many of us experience when stepping out of our homes.

We can take a more abstract view of the reset and see it as a combination of mindful self-reflection, physical activity, and novel (new) experiences.

Best wishes to your well-being and to others around you.

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