Mind your mind

Mindfulness always pays off rich dividends in navigating you out of any crisis. ‘Too blessed to be stressed’ is the positive anthem that everyone tells you to cultivate — but how do you go about nurturing your own sanity when working women are expected to pitch in 2x while #WFH and managing the domestic front, and home-makers have to deal with the overwhelming situation of having to manage home chores with everyone at home 24×7? Mind your mind. Here are ways in which you can deal with the anxiety that tends to creep in at different levels.

Route the routine 

Says psychotherapist Alaokika Bharwani, “Women are the fulcrum of most families and need to make time for self-compassion and expression. The present situation tends to bring in its own set of challenges, making us either cope with them or rendering us dysfunctional in ways we do not desire. Focusing on self-care is very important as unless we nourish our own selves, we cannot do much.” This is where mindfulness comes into play

For your own sanity, spin a sound mental health cocoon around yourself during these trying times

“Keeping this in mind, follow a routine, including time for exercise to bring in those happy hormones,” she explains, Doing things that you like, and following a familiar routine soothes your entire system. Sit down the entire family and make sure everyone enjoys an activity together.”

Nourish a hobby

Focusing on an activity that gives you comfort and pleasure assuages your senses at multiple levels. “Celebrate passions that you have been unable to make time for,” says Devina Badhwar, hypnotherapist and angel card reader, The Light Within. “By channelising your attention and nervous energy on something that gives you joy, like reading a book, watching a documentary, cooking, gardening…you heal yourself in many ways. Even if you are in a small home, or space-challenged with many family members around, you can find something valuable to do for one hour of the day, every day.”

Anchor the family

“As parents, we are the pilots of the plane. If we are dis-regulated and disgruntled, the emotional effect seeps down into every member of the family.”

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald

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