Covid Coping Tips for the Weak-Willed and Easily Misled
Cake is Crucial
If I see one more shirtless man or hyper-extended young lady stretching their way to a better body and healthier mindset, I think I might scream, or at least run to the kitchen and bake myself a double chocolate fudge cake with cream cheese frosting ! We all have our limits and I believe I may have reached mine! Chocolate cake consumption isn’t the only way to a less stressful life ; lemon bars also do the trick. Better yet, carefully wrap one of those zesty lemon treats along with your Turkey-Pesto ’n’ Tomato sandwich in your backpack and start: W-A-L-K-I-N-G .
I’m not suggesting a dart-for-the-door dramatic exit, by any means. High drama usually brings high anxiety and these twin stressors are the last thing you’re looking for on your road to refuge. I’m suggesting:
- Pack a snack and favorite beverage.( Me: I’m coffee and cream in a small thermos and PBJ on whole wheat)Place lunch in back pack.
- Locate a nearby park , walking path or neighborhood (pick a preferred place. You’re looking for comfort, safety and calm).
- Upon arriving at your Lunchtime Labyrinth: (a) designate a starting point and (b) identify your lunch spot.
- Take a deep B-R-E-A-T-H and begin walking.
- Allow yourself at least 10 minutes to walk and arrive at your Lunch Locale, taking time to see, listen , look and feel your surroundings.
- Once you arrive at your Lunch Locale: create a Peace Picnic just for you. It’ll feel self-indulgent but go with it. You’re actively creating a safe place of refuge and peace where you will be the guest of honor.
- Savor your lunch. Sip your coffee. Allow yourself this luxury of time and purposeful peace. (Give yourself at least 15 minutes).
8 . Quietly pack up your lunch and prepare to return home.
9. Close the Moment: look around you, feel the space you’ve created and honor it. You’re creating a mind-muscle memory to savor later, again.
10. Walk home ( with a tiny grin and a less heavy heart and .. maybe renewed hope.)
Self-care can be chocolate cake and lemon bars.
Self-care can be peace and picnic lunches, too.