Have you ever woken up, looked in the mirror, and thought who the heck is that? Covid-19 is the mirror we have been avoiding to face for far too long. What I have observed in the last few weeks are people being forced to face their feelings, family, fears, and faith. The pillars of what makes us human, of what makes us unique, our IDENTITY.
Our identity, as we once knew it vanished, mainly because we have become a society that has tied our “who we are” to our “what we do.” That my friend is just a symptom of societal expectation. When do we ever honestly give ourselves time to take a Radical Pause and clearly look in the mirror?
Most of us 20-something-year-olds are working remotely, have been furlough, or laid off, giving us more time than ever to think about the decisions we have made in the last decade. And for some giving us no option, but to move back into our childhood homes with our parents. This can cause an extra sense of anxiety, stress, and chaos from feeling so independent to relying on our parents again.
Here are three simple steps to help you pause and go from chaos to clarity while weathering this quarantine storm:
- Wake & Shake: Before looking at your phone or facing your parents for morning coffee, dance in your childhood room to your favorite song.
- Noon Spoon: At noon, excuse yourself from integration about your life and take an afternoon snooze.
- Drip & Dip: In the evening, unwind and let the water drip on your body. Sometimes self-care is also dipping your favorite cookies into your favorite beverage like tea or Oatly.
The bottom line is just because our lives as we once knew it, has radically changed don’t allow your self-care rituals to fall by the wayside.