My mind and heart
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2
The COVID pandemic has been devastating for all of us. Everyone has suffered so much loss, of friends, family colleague, jobs, freedom, ability to socialise.
Reflect on how the pandemic has affected you emotionally.
The new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, home-schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues is hard to get used to. Managing the fear of contracting the virus and worry about people close to us who are particularly vulnerable, are challenging for all of us.
Here are a few tips
- Keep to a routine as far as possible. Lent is a wonderful time to commit to new spiritual practices, meditation, listening to sacred music.
- Keep up with personal hygiene (yup we have all been to zoom meetings in pyjama bottoms and a smart top!)
- Eat healthy meals. Sugar highs only lead to sugar lows later on….
- Exercise regularly
- Allocate work time and relaxation time – if they all blur together you end up never relaxing properly
- Lent is a great time to cut out alcohol and replace with a more healthy alternative!
- Help others – voluntary work will make you feel better and bring blessing to others too
- Social media can get you into a negative spiral… find more positive people to follow and you will start getting positive rather than negative messages coming through. Block the negative ones and yes it is ok to unfriend people!
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
- Get out into nature, even if you cannot go far, as you walk your street, look up at the clouds and the birds and experience the renewal of your spirit in nature.
“Those who contemplate the beatify of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature. T he assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter ‘ Rachel Carson.