Self-Care Techniques for Relaxation & Anxiety Management
- At-Home Health • April 17, 2020
By Gillian Scott, RMT
hen I moved to this province from Ontario in 2004, the term “shut-in” was used quite often, especially in Cape Breton. There was a television show called Mass for Shut-Ins and it had been helping people for over 50 years. At first, I thought that people were joking with me until I watched the show one Sunday morning, and it was very real! The show was a televised Catholic mass that provided people who could not attend church in person due to various physical health or demographic reasons. Here we are in Spring, 2020, spiritual groups, educators, and all sectors of business are trying to find ways to communicate due to the COVID-19 crisis. In this article, I am hoping to share inspirational thoughts and some home care tips for managing stress and anxiety as we settle into a new way of living.
While going through your foot bath and self-massage techniques, it’s helpful to focus on mindful breathing. Breathe deeply – feel the air moving in and out of your lungs. Imagine that the air filling and releasing from your lungs is like clean ocean air or the winds circulating around the healthy natural world. Picture the air moving through the trees or whirling around the ocean. Visualize yourself as a bird, perhaps a dove a symbol for peace, using the currents of air to support your wings as you glide freely and effortlessly through life. Be the delicate beauty of the butterfly, carried to the spot where children are playing, launching their kites and laughing together. Be the child with all of your fun and awareness of the magic of life. Play with as many air images as you can and imagine your mind being filled with positive healing thoughts. See the air clearing away any obstacles that you currently perceive in your life. Picture it blowing away problems, discharging them completely into the atmosphere and freshening the environment in which you live, work and play.
Each and every one of us face different sets of challenges surrounding the social distancing measures we are all abiding by, particularly around stress and anxiety. Try the above techniques to help you optimize your emotional and mental health during these times of shut-ins. We all need to do our part to help control the spread of COVID-19 and in the words of Stephen McNeil, ”stay the blazes home!”