Keeping your vibration high, means keeping your overall state of wellbeing in a positive manner. As a second lockdown approaches, it can be difficult to remain positive. Some people may have adjusted to the unusual circumstances but for others it’s normal to feel down, anxious and even a little frustrated. In this uncertain time, it’s imperative that we look after ourselves; physically, mentally & spiritually as well as looking after each other. Here are 4 valuable ways you can keep your vibration high during the lockdown.
Keep A Journal
Journaling is a powerful way to make connections between your thoughts and feelings. Putting those thoughts and feelings on to paper can help to navigate our emotions and manage stress – shifting us from a negative mindset. Keeping a journal gives the opportunity to release any unexpressed emotions reducing depression and anxiety. It’s also an opportunity to write down anything you are feeling grateful for. Journaling every day is a valuable habit, it gives an opportunity to release the daily stressors. It also enhances your creativity, your sense of gratitude and pushes you to work towards your goals.
You Are Not Your Emotions
It’s important to remember, you are not your emotions. Your emotions are not you. Whenever we are feeling low or worried, it’s easy to distract ourselves to reduce our suffering. Avoiding the pain or stress we feel can actually cause us more distress in the long run. Sit with your emotions and notice what you are experiencing. Accept your emotions for what they are, without judgement. Finally, focus on the now. Sitting with your emotions can be tricky at first, but with a little patience and practice it can be extremely beneficial.
‘Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day. Unless you are too busy. Then you should meditate for one hour.’ – Zen Proverb.
Meditation allows us to slow down and focus on the present moment, it rewires our brain towards positive thoughts. Meditating for just ten minutes a day can help relieve stress, depression & anxiety and improve brain function. To mediate, sit comfortably on the floor or on a chair, somewhere where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Keep your attention on your breath, inhaling and exhaling slowly & deeply. If the mind wonders, that’s ok, just bring it back to focus on your breath. Alternatively, here is a guided meditation I occasionally use.
High vibrations need high movement. Whether you like to practice yoga, walk or just dance around the living room, the more you move the higher you vibration. Additionally, eating the right foods such as leafy greens, fresh organic fruits & vegetables, herbs, whole grains and nuts will benefit both your physical and spiritual health. Avoid fried and processed foods as well as food and drinks that are high in sugar.
If you’re struggling with your mental health right now or are feeling a little low, it’s best to talk to someone. Remember you are not alone. There are many wonderful organisations that offer free help and advice. Your mental health matters.
Young Minds Crisis Messenger (24/7) – Text YM to 85258
Samaritans (24/7) – Call 116123
Mind (Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm) – Call 0300 123 3393
CALM (Male only) (5pm-midnight, every day) – Call 0800 58 58 58