As the lockdown continues, you may be enjoying the quiet time for introspection, calm and self-development and a break from the grind of nine to five, or you may be busy and feel your needs are overlooked. Others may be feeling isolated, anxious, restless or bored with the enforced stay at home. What can you do to take your mind off the endless Covid-19 news? How can you stay safe and well? We have put together a few suggestions to help you through this week and beyond.
1. Time for You / Self development
Learn something new
There are literally thousands of free or good value online courses out there. One of our favourite websites is The Daily Om with hundreds of self-improvement courses from 21 Day Beginner Yoga to Overcoming Self Sabotage. https://www.dailyom.com/
If you want to gain a holistic qualification why not check out the longstanding British School of Yoga which has branched out into areas such as counselling and mind, body and spirit. They are currently offering study grants towards fees. https://m.bsygroup.co.uk/
Similarly, The Centre for Excellence runs certificated courses with the support of a tutor in a variety of topics such as hypnotherapy and massage. https://www.centreofexcellence.com/
For the more academic, there are hundreds of courses from the world’s top universities on Coursera and Futurelearn. Coursera's most popular course is A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment - well worth a look in these times. And not forgetting the wonderful OU, which has developed a series of short courses all for free.
Have you dipped into the world of TED Talks recently? If not, you will be amazed at just how varied the talks are now. You can tailor your talks with the TED recommends facility.
Hay House founded by Louise Hay, author of bestsellers “Heal Your Body” and “You Can Heal Your Life” is one of our “go to” websites and a fabulous source of self-help, inspirational and transformational books and products. Contributors include Dr Christianne Northrup, Ilyana Vanzant, Dr Kim d’Eramo, Dr Wayne Dyer, Dr Joe Dispenzia, Gabrielle Berenstein, Rebecca Campbell, Nick Ortner. You will find audio downloads and free meditation and self-help podcasts. https://www.hayhouse.co.uk
2. Building Your Immunity
Now more than ever we are being advised to strengthen our immune system. Explore the natural way through nutrition, natural herbs exercise and sleep. A lot of the recommended foods in this category are dense with antimicrobial properties -- foods like ginger, garlic, onions, leafy greens, and many more. But it's important to learn how to work with the ingredients, not only to make them tasty but to maximize their healing effects.
Include antioxidant-rich and Vitamin D-packed veggies, fruits, herbs and spices for a super-charged immune system.
There is so much more time to spend in the kitchen if you are in lockdown. What about trying some new healthy recipes? Or go completely vegan for a few days. There are so many amazing recipes online.
Vitamins and supplements
If you are running short on vitamins or supplements rest assured that Revital is doing online orders
If you haven’t yet discovered The Happy Pear twins in Ireland here is the perfect time to explore their delicious recipes to nourish and fuel your body, learn about online courses to help you feel amazing, and discover delicious products. Check out their cheerful and inspiring YouTube channel for quick, nutritious vegan recipes. Try their Easiest Vegan Pasta Sauce or Perfect Hummus 3 Ways https://www.youtube.com/user/happypeargreystones
Seed Crackers Recipe from a friend “Down Under” never last long in our family - a quick and easy moreish favourite! See the end of this article.
Try to make exercise fun. If you are working from home, take breaks outside and add in movement to compensate for any you might be missing from a day at your usual workplace. Are you missing your yoga or Pilates sessions? There are loads to choose from on YouTube. Lucy Wyndham-Read’s YouTube channel has plenty of seven-minute workouts to boost activity levels.
5. Practices for Wellbeing
With meditation, a few minutes could change your whole day. If you have been considering meditation, why not try out the basics at home? Amongst the growing number of apps, Andy Puddicombe’s Headspace is a good start. This app offers a free 10-day beginners’ course that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. It’ll give you a solid foundation on which to build your practice. https://www.headspace.com/subscriptions
The Chopra Centre is a nurturing place where people can find balance, heal, and transform through the foundational teachings to discover health, happiness and fulfilment. There’s a selection of free taster online programmes and from time-to-time free 21-day Guided Meditations to walk you through a meditation and help you find a calm and peaceful state one step at a time. https://chopra.com
6. Keep positive
Connect with loved-ones. Share your day including the exercise you have taken, the recipes you have tried.
Try not to watch too much news and enjoy the countryside around us bursting into spring. The promise of new spring life will help to keep you motivated and resilient. Catch the wave of the expanding compassion and gratitude. These times will pass as history is made and the seasons continue to rotate
For those of you who are key workers we wish your time to restore and recover and once again send our heart- felt gratitude. Stay safe and look for the positives around you.
“In the midst of every crisis lies opportunity,” Albert Einstein.
During lockdown, Jasmin is offering free one to one phone and video support to introduce people to Qi Gong exercises and expansive breath work for calming, centering and nurturing which many people are finding helpful during this unchartered period of uncertainty, fear and change.
Seed Crackers recipe from Jasmin
From a friend “Down Under” These never last long - a quick and easy favourite!
100gm pumpkin seeds
100gm sesame seeds
100gm sunflower seeds
1 clove garlic
Flavourings of your choice: paprika, mixed herbs, pepper, cumin, seaweed flakes, (nori,
Dulce, whatever you like). You can season them differently each time according to how you feel.
Glug of olive oil
3 egg whites
1. Put the seeds and flavourings in the processor to chop and mix them together. Stir in oil
2. Whisk up the egg whites to stiff and fold into seed mixture.
3. Flatten the mixture out onto a flat baking tray (oiled and lined) and press it down with a palette
4. Bake at 160C for 10 mins.
5. Remove from the oven, cut the tray base into squares and turn them carefully over
and bake for another 10 mins.
6. Turn off the oven then and leave them to cool slowly in the oven to become crispy.
I make two batches at a time and if there are any bits fallen off, they are great on coconut
ice-cream -if they last that long!
All recommendations are made by Jasmin and Clare, the authors of this article, based on what they have found to be personally helpful. Always make sure that any exercise or nutritional changes are right for you or in line with your doctor’s advice before embarking on them.