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9 mindfulness tips to help with self-isolation

Mindfulness expert Anna Wille shares advice

  1. natalia-figueredo-f1O4eekgz44-unsplash.jpgFocus on being, rather than doing. Acknowledge sadness and anger if you feel it. It too will pass. We can all do our best but as soon as that feels tight we need to step back. Soft is the new strong.
  2. Be patient. News will come when it comes, things will feel easier when they feel easier, a vaccine will come when it comes. Enjoy the moment, rather than worry about a speedy return to life as we knew it.
  3. Be curious. What can you learn from this? How can you grow? How can you fill your time at home in a way that feels new and exciting. Learn a language online. Read those books you've been meaning to read for ages. Cook that meal (being creative with ingredients you have). Watch that Attenborough box set (avoid dark Netflix series). Call that friend you haven't seen for ages. Connect.
  4. Accept. This is here. It is real. Allow everything to be there, every urge, every body sensation, every mood, every thought. As Rumi said "welcome and entertain them all... because each has been sent as a guide from beyond."
  5. Trust. It will be okay. We will get through this wiser, stronger and more compassionate. Happier. And trust that you have the skills to get through this so long as you focus on your wellbeing. 
  6. Let it go - whatever you said or did yesterday, last week, last month that you now wish you hadn't, let it go. You can't undo the past, but reliving it, rethinking it is going to damage your resilience.
  7. Instead focus on self-compassion. Be as kind to yourself as you would to your best friend. Eat. Sleep. Exercise (at home). Get fresh air (at the window). Have fun singing and dancing. Meditate.
  8. Gratitude - each night before you go to sleep (an hour after any screen time or news) diarise three things that went well today and three things you are grateful for.
  9. Breathe.

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