Rest in the times of COVID-19
So, I’ve talked A LOT about healthy coping mechanisms and my routine over the last few years, and I had found this amazing routine that worked great for keeping me where I needed to be in both physical and mental health. And then in walks a global pandemic to throw me off my game COMPLETELY!
I have a few things that are MUST DOs for me to maintain my sanity – and I do mean my sanity literally – one of those is a daily spin class (or high-intensity cardio workout of some kind) and weekly sessions with my therapist. Other things that I count as extremely important, but sometimes get kicked off the list when other things bubble up in priority include meditating each morning, daily prayer, counting my blessings with a gratitude journal, getting outside and going on walks with Lily, and connecting with my friends and family (usually in person as physical touch is my number one love language – give me ALL the hugs!).
So, with the ongoing stay-at-home orders, I’ve found myself – and I’m sure many of you have as well – slipping away from these daily routines and not holding myself accountable to the things that keep my well-being intact. I’ve been staying up WAY too late on social media and getting up when it’s time to roll out of bed to turn my computer on to start my workday, instead of my usual 4:45 am wake-up call for SoulCycle. And forget meditating when you have to jump on a daily 9:00 am work call!
This morning was my first morning that I actually woke up – even though I stayed up until midnight again – for my 4:45 am alarm. I woke up, had breakfast, did my spin class in my ad-hoc studio in my home office, went for a long walk with Lily and wrote in my gratitude journal all before my morning call. It made me have the realization of what I had been missing by not holding myself accountable. It wasn’t just the workout. It was my overall mindset and well-being. How can I inspire and empower others – my goal with this blog/community and pageantry – and not do it for myself. I was falling short.
Do you have things that help you stay on track with your physical and mental health? Do you not yet, but wish you did? Now is the time to start doing those things! No matter how small or large they are. You can always start small. Take a few minutes to journal or meditate or go on a walk instead of watching Tiger King or Too Hot to Handle! LOL! I haven’t turned on my TV in four days! This is a time where we have a moment to rest and reset.
Throughout the bible, God tells us to rest and even created the seventh day for us to rest.
Exodus 20: 8-10 – Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
Exodus 33: 14 – The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 6:31 – And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
I have been on a constant hamster wheel for the last few years of workouts, content creation for work and play, volunteering, pageantry, side hustle. I have not given myself time to rest or reflect. How many of you are in the same situation?
The world has become a constant hustle, and I’m thoughtful if this is the Universe’s way of slowing us down for a minute. Forcing rest. Making us take a moment for reflection. It’s not been good for me, but I realized I have to take the bull by the horns (sorry for the metaphor – Texas girl here) and get this right. We have to ensure we keep our mindsets in check. It’s not that important to watch 15 versions of the Savage dance or how to make banana bread – but it is to do what makes you feel healthy mentally and physically.
So, this is my charge to you, don’t guilt yourself for taking a rest, and find what works in this new world. Be it a totally new routine or adapting the old one to fit into today’s requirements. And soon, we’ll be back to our hustle and bustle and forget what this was about. But I bet we never again say I wish I could have a week at home…