We are all trying to lead calm and healthy lives, but let’s face it folks, sometimes the poop emoji hits the fan. So, fear tries to creep into our daily routine and take control of the wheel, messing up everything in its sight. Poop emoji here, poop emoji there. All the smart choices we want to make go out the window.
I won’t give fear a complete snub. Fear can be useful, sure.
You might find yourself in an extraordinary situation, in the middle of the woods, licking the remnants of a left over jar-o-jam. Unbeknownst to you, a grizzly bear was saving it for himself. His afternoon snack of tea and toast. You thought he was finished. He catches you nose deep in blackberry preserves, and yeah, fear will help you hightail it out of there. But, in the mundane rituals of the day, fear, the little bugger…not so helpful.
Effects of Fear
When we are being led by fear, it’s like this nagging crotchety old man, in the back of our mind, that won’t just-put-a-sock in it.
Fear will make your muscles tight, especially the shoulders, neck and back. It will age you about 10 years, scrunching your face up into a prune, (because somehow we think it helps to over express ourselves) and sprout white hair out of top of your head like a freshly grown fern.
Dealing with Fear
So, how can we deal with fear when it just won’t go away?
First, recognize that you have fear.
Take a moment to stop and check in.
Ask yourself. “How do feel right now?” How is my mind, my breath, my body? Go ahead, check in. I’ll wait…
If you recognize that you have fear, it’s ok. Don’t deny it. Acknowledge how you feel.
Know that it is a normal thing, that everyone feels this way sometimes, and be kind to yourself about it. When you recognize fear in your mind and act ok with it, it allows you to feel present and will eventually calm you because you are not trying to fight it.
A great way to get calm in your mind and body is of course . . . I’m gonna say it . . . here it comes . . .YOGA!
One of my students came to me after my YMCA yoga class, this was before they shut all gyms, and said, “Thank you so much for giving me an hour where I didn’t think about it.”
Dudes, the power of YOGA is real! Check out what my YMCA posted about exercise.
- Exercise causes an increase in the circulation of antibodies and white blood cells, which your body uses to fight diseases and help to detect and fight off illnesses .
- This outbreak can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. Reducing your stress can help to prevent illnesses. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins which in turn reduces stress.
- Exercise can contribute to more sound and restful sleep, which is essential for the body’s restorative processes and will help to boost immunity function.” ~Meadowlands YMCA
I share with you, this inspired yoga practice I created, to help you calm your nerves, and invite a strong mind, body and spirit.
You can do this practice everyday. It does not use up much of your time to make a conscious effort towards your health.
A Holistic Aproach
Yoga is one way for us to calm our nerves and keep our selves healthy during times of fear and uncertainty. However, I also feel that we have to deal with this holistically.
For more information on a holistic approach to your health during our current state check out this blog post by Maria E Garre, M.Ed, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500.
Maria E Garre is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Prana Flow Yoga Teacher, and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist.
Reminder that a smile is just as warm as a hug! You can even send yourself love by smiling. Why, you can also hug yourself!
There doesn’t have to be a specific reason to bring a smile to your face, like a birthday or holiday, you can smile just to invite joy into your life.
Often I walk around my house just smiling for no reason, except that I want to feel and share joy. Then my daughter looks at me strangely, which I’m fine with.
Of course our current situation shouldn’t be taken lightly. We should definitely take the proper precautions to keep healthy and safe.
This moment is a reminder for humanity to connect through the power of love, kindness and strength of mind. Stay calm, be healthy, and take care of yourself.
Also, be kind to those around you!
Keep Calm and Healthy!
Namaste Beautiful Friends!