June 2020--we are half way through 2020 and I don't know about you, but I am ready for this year to be over. I want a do-over, a re-wind, an end to this very bad movie. It is hard to believe that our world has been turned upside down by a virus--lockdowns, businesses closed, people suffering, lost lives and so much trauma to our mind, body and spirit. It is easy to be angry, sad, depressed, and hopeless. It is important to honor the feelings that come up and feel them. However, it is also important to take care of yourself--self-care is more important right now than ever before.
It has been my experience over these past 2.5 months that each day is a roller coaster--some days I'm happy and dancing and some days I am sad and immobilized. What I discovered as I started looking at my days was that the days I did not meditate and journal, I usually had a sad day. I have committed in this new month of June to do my daily routine: walk my dog (that is a given every day as he barks until I take him!); drink my coffee; meditate (there are some great ones on YouTube--I prefer guided or music while I meditate); journal (I first write at least 5 things I am grateful for); and than I make a list of what I want to accomplish that day (of course, many days I do not complete everything and that is okay).
The most important thing is to remember to be kind and loving to yourself and to others. Fear and gratitude cannot co-exist. We do not have any control over people, place or things--we only have control over how we react to them. Here is a list I found that has some great tips. I am sending each and everyone of you a virtual hug.