Have you been feeling stuck, worried, sad, scared, unable to think clearly or off-balance? If the answer is, yes: Know that you are not alone! Just about everything we’ve ever known and grown accustomed to has either been destabilized or has completely come to a halt.
Truth be told, most of us area little out of sorts and on edge. If you’ve been listening to the news, talking with others or browsing through social media, then you already know that people are struggling to make sense of our “new” normal. And just like everybody else, I’ve had my rough days too.
The Corona Virus pandemic has brought about many changes to how we live our lives, and with it a lot of stress and uncertainty. Our daily routines have been totally altered, we’re facing financial pressures that we’ve never faced before and the social isolation is making us all feel a little lonely and stir crazy.
Perhaps like most of us, you’re worried about getting sick, how long the pandemic will last and what the future will bring. Maybe you’re grieving the loss of a friend or family member. Add to the mix, information overload, and misinformation and it can make even the most grounded person feel like their life is uncertain and out of control.
You’re probably experiencing a range of emotions from stress and anxiety to fear, sadness and loneliness. Know that this is completely normal because we are living through a collective trauma ...and everyone processes trauma differently. And if you were already managing a mental health issue like anxiety or depression you may actually feel even more overwhelmed. This is to be expected given the circumstances.
The thing about it is …Sometimes despite our best efforts, we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and stuck. You may have trouble focusing on routine tasks, or perhaps you’re experiencing changes in your appetite, or difficulty sleeping or you may struggle to do the simple things that are part of your daily regimen like making your bed or taking a shower.
This is why self-care is essential, especially during a time like this. Self-care strategies are good for our mental, emotional and physical health and can help you take positive charge of your state of mind and your overall life.
The bottom and top line is everyone is doing the best they can to manage their lives and get through each day. And during this time of shared grief and uncertainty, many of us don’t know what to do to keep ourselves grounded, resilient and productive.
That’s why I’ve created 21-Days of Self-Care During Uncertain Times,a YouTube video series designed to be done in tandem with this accompanying journal…because when our minds are in a constant state of worry, it’s difficult to think clearly, take good care of ourselves, make choices that support our wellbeing and operate at a functional level. As a global community, …we are all hurting, …we are dealing with a lot of stress and some of you are barely holding on. So, the way I see it, the only way that …We Are Going To Get Through This… is to get through this together!!!
That’s why I’m inviting you to join me and thousands of like-minded people around the globe who are choosing to be a part of my 21-Days of Self-Care challenge. A journey of self-care and self-renewal that will offer practical tips and actionable strategies to help us all become more intentional about keeping a resilient state of mind and maintaining our personal wellbeing. Now, more than ever, we need to do all that we can to get well and stay well mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care is any helpful activity that you do in order to take care of your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. It’s the intentional practice of making sure that you are being taken care of by you. Although most people know that it’s important to practice good self-care, most of us overlook it when we need it most. Good self-care improves our: state of mind, productivity, relationships, our ability to manage our emotions, spiritual resilience and it reduces stress and anxiety.
The purpose of this journal is to provide you with a writing space replete with writing prompts to chronicle your journey towards intentional self-care. This journal is designed to be used in tandem with my 21 Days of Self-Care video series on YouTube so make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel at the following link so that you can get the videos: Cassandra Mack's 21 Days of Self Care During Uncertain Times
Here’s how to use this journal: You will write in this journal daily for 21 days in a row so that you can jumpstart the process of becoming more deliberate about taking charge of your personal wellbeing. The journal contains six sections: 1.) Daily Focus Points for Your 21-Days of Self-Care. 2.) Selected Bible Verses 3.) Your Space To Dream Section 4.) Dive Into Your Goals Section 5.) Making Lemonade Out of Lemons 6.) Just Breathe Through It Exercise
1.) Daily Focus Points for Your 21-Days of Self-Care
This section of the journal offers a focal point for the day, space for you to jot down the things that you are grateful for, blank lines for you to journal your thoughts and a speech bubble to jot down one thing that you can do to take care of yourself.
2.) Selected Bible Verses
This section of your journal offers selected scriptures that you can mediate on whenever you need wisdom, comfort or peace.
3.) Your Space To Dream
This section of your journal offers a space where you can reflect on the dreams that you would like to pursue, including any dreams that you may have put on the back-burner. It’s important to remind yourself that you still have the power to imagine and pursue the life that you desire.
4.) Dive Into Your Goals
This section of your journal offers a space to write down your goals and think through the necessary steps you’ll need to take in order to accomplish your goals.
5.) Making Lemonade Out of Lemons
This section of your journal offers a space to re-calibrate whenever life places you in a situation where you have to adjust your sails and tweak your strategy.
6.) Just Breathe Through It
This section of your journal offers a simple breathing exercise to help you relax your body and release anxiety.
As you endeavor to become more intentional about safeguarding the sanctuary of your inner world, remember to be patient and compassionate with yourself. And remember we are in this together.