What are you doing to survive, and possibly even thrive, during this Covid-19 crisis?
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I am being contacted by friends and clients, asking “What are you doing, Ellie, during this Covid-19 crisis?” So, here’s my list (I probably won’t remember everything…)
Everyone is making different choices and I am enjoying the creativity of how people are dealing with this situation. There is a lot of expansion for us as we learn from each other!
Keep in mind, this is for me. Not necessarily for you. Each of us is unique in our current health condition, state-of-mind, family situation, and physical surroundings.
• I am reading scientific and quality information online to educate myself. I use discernment to determine if what I learn, or hear from others, is relevant to my life and health. For example, if I hear to take copper, I read up on copper, its benefits and potential side effects, and make my own decision.
• I continue with my daily meditation. I meditate at least 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening. On weekends, I meditate longer.
• I continue performing agnihotra, a healing fire ceremony for the community. Currently, I perform it at every sunrise and at sunset when possible. This is also a form of meditation and takes about 20 minutes.
• I’m drinking water from a copper cup. Copper assists with protection against the virus. But you can over-do it and cause problems. Read online about copper and how to regulate its use.
• I’m gargling with a mild mixture of vinegar and water morning, afternoon, and before bedtime. (Current science states that Covid-19 lingers in the throat area for a few days prior to moving deeper into the body.)
• I drink vinegar water mixed with honey before bed to promote an alkaline digestive tract. You can also take AC vinegar tablets. (Contrary to what people think, apple cider vinegar is actually not acid once consumed. Instead, it has an alkaline effect on the body when taken internally. Keeping your body’s pH levels, or the balance between acidic and alkaline, as stable as possible is said to aid in disease prevention.)
• I get probiotics into my system by eating non-pasteurized sauerkraut, quality probiotic capsules, quality yogurt, and other foods high in probiotics.
• I limit sugar and alcohol. I joke about yummy snacks a lot, but in reality, I allow a bit of sweet each day as an afternoon break and limited alcohol on weekends.
• I’m only going out for groceries or essentials and not every day. I wear gloves when I’m out, and then wash them when I get home, soaking them in a vinegar-water rinse before wringing out and drying.
• I maintain a positive attitude. Worry has long ago been weeded out of my thoughts. It’s a useless waste of energy. And yes, this includes during times of crisis. I have learned that I will experience more of whatever I allow my mind to focus on, so I choose possibility of thinking.
• Being pragmatic, I consider the worst possible outcome of the crises and then take whatever action I can to alleviate it. Then I let it go! At the same time, I intentionally seek the benefits of every situation and expand on that.
• I continue with my regular daily routine. Our body and mind perform best when we follow a routine. I arise at 5:30 am, and begin my day with 20 minutes of the 5 Tibetan Rites and yoga with breathing techniques, meditation, shower and dress, make breakfast, and begin my tasks at 9 am. Tasks include writing, connecting with clients and friends, baking, laundry, and whatever needs my attention.
• I’ve worked from home for most of my career and have learned that if I get ready for the day, including wearing comfortable business casual, I am more productive. It might be jeans or leggings, but I’m showered, my hair is combed, and I look presentable. You never know when the Publisher’s Clearing House people will show up at your door with prize money.
• I’m going for a walk every day. So many people are out! Everyone is keeping their distance and it’s wonderful to see families having time to spend together. The dogs are loving it! Now, more than ever, we need fresh air and the healing benefits of sunshine. For at least 15 minutes, forego using sunscreen so the sun rays can penetrate into your skin, and then use it if you must.
• I’m planning our gardens and preparing our soil. If I lived in an apartment or townhouse, as we have in the past, I’d be planting veggies and pollinator perennials in pots.
• I reach out to friends on social media and by phone/Skype/messaging. I’m a social person and friends help keep me on track. I learn a lot from them! Plus, I feel best when I am contributing to the well-being of all of us. We are in this together!
• I’m watching a Netflix series with our 15-year old granddaughter. We connect by phone. Then we synchronize the episode, and start it, making comments as the story unfolds. We laugh a lot and it feels great to connect!
• If you are saying to yourself, “But I have kids!”, sorry, but that won’t work as an excuse 😉. I kept this routine when running our own company and raising kids. In fact, my morning routine is what kept me healthy, energized, and sane.
• I know I’m forgetting to mention other things I’m doing, so I may add to this as time passes.
I’m okay if things don’t return to normal. We’ve all been begging for normal to improve, right? Now is our chance. Can we maintain the current flow of compassion, reaching out, and sharing? Can we be thankful for the help we are promised by our government as a start, even when we know it won’t be sufficient for many of us? Can we see what is happening and get out to vote for change? Can we accept others who have made choices different from ours, and find ways to work together for the common good?
It’s a tall order. But I believe each of us wanted to be living right now so we could help make a difference. Following the chaos, as life reorganizes, keep the faith!