I don’t believe that there has ever been a situation like that with such measures as in the times of the Coronavirus.
It’s tragic what is happening in some countries and also frightening. But can you also see the good in these times?
The earth can breathe again.
The seas and the sky are recovering.
Our society is decelerating.
The I becomes a we.
Man becomes human again.
Doesn’t it feel like someone pressed a pause button?
The world seems to hold its breath and wait to see how things will continue.
How do you want to come out of this phase?
Will you let yourself go in this time or do you want to come out of it stronger?
I wouldn’t see this phase as a forced retreat, but as a chance to gather one’s strength.
Because not only nature can recover, but so can we.
We have been given one of the most important goods: time. Time, of which we seem to have so little otherwise.
- Time for things we have long put off.
What about the beloved tax return? Or can your apartment tolerate a big cleaning session?
- Time for our loved ones.
Maybe you want to call a friend you haven’t been in touch for a long time. Or maybe you’re having a really nice, romantic evening with your loved one.
- Time for ourselves.
Treat yourself. Take a bath. Maybe even turn off your phone. Listen to music.
- Time for things that are usually left by the wayside.
When was the last time you read a really good novel?
- Time for new projects.
My boyfriend and I made a list of things we might never do otherwise.
We have already started our painting project and we both feel like we’ve discovered a new hobby!
Here are a few things from our list that you can do alone, but also with your partner/friends:
- Buy canvas and paint
- Learn a new music instrument (I’m being taught to play drums 😀 )
- Try out new board games
- Do a puzzle (I can assure you, this is totally meditative)
- Do sports (Maybe you even try something new? I’ve discovered boxing for myself)
- Cook the more elaborate or complicate dishes that you otherwise never get to.
- Learn a new language (I’m teaching my boyfriend German which is really fun :-D)
- Maybe you have some ideas yourself
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it, but a person is almost always carrying pathogens. Whether or not they can harm you depends on your immune system. Our body is a miracle. It can absorb and compensate for many things and constantly does everything it can to keep us healthy. But we also have to give it the necessary tools to do this, because it simply can’t be healthy in the long run if we don’t provide them.
Our most important tool is our nutrition.
In the long term, our body becomes what WE GIVE IT as fuel and how we deal with it.
So how can we strengthen our immune system holistically?
- With a diet rich in vital substances:
I know that if you hang out at home a lot, you can easily fall into bad eating habits. Try to consciously experience this phase and listen to your body. Maybe you will find a healthier alternative from my list above if you feel like it. Distance yourself from the situation and distract yourself mentally with a healthier option.
- Eat lots of vegetables, preferably uncooked.
Uncooked vegetables and fruit contain all kinds of vital substances, especially antioxidants, which our body urgently needs at this time.
(More about why we mostly should eat raw food)
- Avoid finished products and isolated carbohydrates.
Especially now that we have the time to cook for ourselves. Provide your body with fresh, unpolluted food that strengthens you.
- Drink enough.
By this I mean non-carbonated water and teas. My favorite immunebooster is hot lemon with ginger and turmeric
- Do sports.
Stretch, do yoga or a workout. YouTube has tons of workouts where you don’t need equipment
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep.
- Go out in nature. Get some fresh air, soak in the sun, go for walks if you can. Otherwise, open your window regularly and air out well
- Try alternating showers (hot, cold alternating, finish with cold water)
- Clear your mind.
Complaining about the current situation doesn’t help at all. We must learn to accept what is and make the best of it. We may appreciate what we have and find our way back to ourselves and our humanity.
In conclusion, I would just like to say that we should have trust. I grew up with the belief that everything always happens for a reason. Even if it doesn’t always look that way at first, you always emerge from difficult phases stronger. I’m sure that even this unusual situation carries something good and that we’ll grow incredibly as individuals and as a society.