How are you faring during this, shall we say, unique, summer, my friend? Are you excited and relieved to be able to go more places with the restrictions slowly lifting? (Some places being more or less restricted than others.) Or, are you frustrated and drained with all the mask-wearing, social distancing, threat of illness to self and others, and virtual, instead of in-person, activities?
Quarantine fatigue is a phenomenon experienced by many during these times, and can include increased anxiety, decreased energy, social withdrawal, among other symptoms (https://www.massgeneral.org/news/coronavirus/quarantine-fatigue).
In an article put out by Massachusetts General Hospital (see link above), tips for coping with quarantine fatigue include practicing mindfulness, self-care through healthy diet, sleep regime, and exercise, and connecting with others. Many of my clients have found these very useful, as have I. However, there is something else I want to address:
How are you feeling lately? How is your body feeling lately? I was reflecting how in this current summer of the pandemic, so much has become virtual and nonphysical (for good reason), and the truth is, so much of this takes a toll. The boom in video chat and online forms of communication has been undeniably helpful to our society as a way to maintain connections while preserving safety. However, this new practice of virtual relationships can contribute to experiencing increased isolation and quarantine fatigue, and also can lead to a feeling of disconnection from one’s body and physical senses.
The threat of contamination can create a certain psychological affect: chronic thoughts and feelings of threats or danger. Some of this is helpful to keep our wits about us and follow proper cleaning and hygiene guidelines. Some of these thoughts and feelings, however, may be affecting us in not-so-great ways though. The lack of our usual in-person engagement with others (for many, but not all of us), combined with constant reminders of the threat of contamination and ongoing media overload can add to feelings of anger, disorientation, decreased energy, and disconnection with our bodies.
So what can we do? I would like to suggest some holistic ways to ground and reconnect with ourselves and our bodies, (to add to the Massachusetts General Hospital solid list from above):
I am grateful to stay connected with you, reader. Thank you for reading!
In our Dream Circle this month, we will focus on using dreams for just the these topics: body awareness, nurturing, and grounding. The Intuitive Development Circle will empower you to expand your clairvoyant abilities, (which we could all use right now, more than ever)!
I hope you can join us! Take care of yourself.
“Tidying is the act of confronting yourself.
I love this quote from the Japanese organizing consultant (she has a hit show on Netflix, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo). I have been decluttering and organizing this past month. I noticed, painful though it was, the end result has made a world of difference in my energy and quality of life. Honestly, I had a modest amount clutter or chaos in my office space and home, (it was not reality-show worthy, not quite at least!), but this small increase in order has left me feeling an undeniable increase in the flow of clarity and chi through my psyche and space.
I am reflecting this month how exposed we all have been to a huge amount media information lately, as well as social media activity, some of which is very important or empowering, some of which is rather anxiety-producing to the mind and body. Is this a form of clutter? I argue: yes, it is. (Or it can be!)
For many, the past few months of quarantine has forced a sort of slow down, “the great pause”, as many media groups have referred to it, and pushed some to face difficult physical or mental clutter that otherwise would have become lost in the chaos of this work-a-day world. This has certainly been the case for me, (at least to some extent). When forced to look at my own clutter, I have begun to ask myself:
What is cluttering my life?
What is the right amount of media exposure to being informed?
What commitments, thought patterns, or physical items are keeping me from putting my energy to better use?
I invite you to ask yourself these questions. (Of course, sometimes an investment in a particular commitment is not necessarily pleasant, but worth it, based on an important value or reason). Sometimes, unfortunately, confronting physical or nonphysical clutter involves confronting hard issues, such as our fear of hurting someone’s feelings, disapproval, rejection, facing our own limits, the uncomfortable prospect of making a change, letting go, or just being uncomfortable for a temporary period of time. Clearing and decluttering our mind, (media exposure!), space, and schedule has the potential for opening oneself up increased life energy, clarity, prosperity (according to the practice of feng shui, as I understand it), love, creativity, and balance. Is it worth it?
It might be time for a change!
As we come back out into the world from this quarantine, I pray you are protected and blessed, and that you take the lessons learned from these past four months and use them powerfully for the next chapter of your life.