#10 of 10 helpful, constructive, nurturing ideas.
Care for yourself, your emotional needs, your physical needs, your spiritual needs.
Your ability to nurture others will come from the place of being resourced yourself.
This is the moment for extreme care. Healthy food, healthy thoughts, healthy actions. Has there ever been a clearer invitation for us all to slow down, connect with that which TRULY matters – each other, our health, our typical frantic busy-ness? Now is the time for 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week nurture. Self-nurture, nurture each other, the planet. I don’t mean self-indulgence. I mean care. Focus on health. Our resilience affects our immunity, and immunity affects resilience. What matters is having and maintaining a sense of personal control over what one can control, staying positive, and getting social support. Read more here about resilience and immunity in an 2018 article called Resilience and Immunity by Dantzer et al. published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity (Vol 74, November).
Nothing will be solved or be made better by being emotionally or physically strung out, intoxicated, underslept, stressed, malnourished, or blitzed out on mindless entertainment or scary thoughts.
I sometimes put my hand on my heart and ask myself, deep down, what do I truly need right at this moment to be well?
The answer comes.
- Take a break.
- Study some nature.
- Call a friend.
- Read a book.
- Drink a glass of water.
- Go for a run.
- Turn off the news.
- Stroke my own hair.
I am going to take a walk in the fresh air now, thinking appreciative thoughts about the ability to move, to see, to feel. This moment is all we have. I will be in it.