Social Distancing: Coping With Separation

Social Distancing: Coping With Separation

Social Distancing

This new term that has come into our lives, social distancing, it means keeping a safe space from one another, fighting together to keep ourselves and each other healthy.

We are social creatures, we crave contact. In fact human babies that are raised without sufficient human contact and loving care do not develop well both physically and emotionally. Social distancing is not natural to us.

young girl is looking out of the window, enjoying the nature, social distancing

And us as adults? We took for granted a hug, a handshake, an embrace… What a strange reality to wake up to every day. Keeping our distance. Not being able to give or receive hugs and touch. Literally staying away from one another!

How does it feel in the body, in the heart, in the mind to not have the contact that is essential to our well-being? How does social distancing show itself in your life?

It is very difficult. In fact it is a completely new paradigm of how to maintain connection with one another in a manner that supports both ourselves and those around us.

 

a young woman with long red hair in front of her laptop, taking a selfie, social distancing

What Can You Do?

I invite you to become creative in how you stay in touch.

We may complain about technology and how it took over our lives, how kids are constantly on their devices, but now we are faced with a time when technology has incredible benefits.

  • If you think of someone, call them.
  • If they have a smart phone, use the video feature.
  • If you have a service you can offer online, make it happen.

You can even go old school: How about sending real letters? Why not?

Maybe this is the time to connect with people you have not talked to for a while…

Possibly re-kindle friendships that you neglected because of lack of time, and how life happened, because of a silly argument…

Notice Your Internal Conversation Regarding Social Distancing

What is it that you are feeling during this difficult time?

Is there a voice in your head that tells you that people do not care?

Attaching to the Negative

Make sure to remind yourself that in times like this the mind tends to attach to the negative. It means well. It want to protect you from harm and yet this way of thinking is not what you want or need at this time.

Protecting Ourselves

We know it is much more than just the social distancing issue. There is a threat on our health and on our way of life. This is very challenging. Our system: mind, body, spirit goes into a protective mode. Notice that and remind yourself to take good care of you.

 

red fresh rose in vase, social distancing

How do you further support yourself?

For each of us it may look differently….

  • For some dancing is the way to connect to their happy place.
  • Others turn to art.
  • The practice of meditation, a reflection practice, has been for me the guiding light to a good place in my heart.
  • Walking the dogs.
  • A beautiful flower arrangement
  • Sitting outside if possible….
Holiday Stress: 5 Ways To Cope By Implementing Mindfulness Practices

Holiday Stress: 5 Ways To Cope By Implementing Mindfulness Practices

dog and cat underneath the Christmas tree, symbolizing how holiday stress can be managed with mindfulnessThe holiday season is upon us. If you are struggling at times and feel holiday stress, you are not alone. The practice of mindfulness can greatly alleviate the hurdles that stand in the way of a happy, hopeful, and cheerful holiday season.

Learn how to tackle and overcome holiday stress with the help of top mindfulness practices. Here is a wonderful way to start the year on the right foot.

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Caregiver Burnout Solutions: A Mindfulness Approach

Caregiver Burnout Solutions: A Mindfulness Approach

Tasking care of others can be truly uplifting and yet it can become a serious burden. Caregiver burnout stems from the amount of time, effort and responsibility that is required for helping those close to you or possibly those you work for.

Whether you are taking care of your elderly parent, or your special needs child, or possibly your ailing spouse there are common themes to caregivers challenges and struggles. You may be wondering how you can reduce your stress and find a way to cope better with the challenges you are facing. (more…)

Self-Love: Body Image and Hypnosis

We are bombarded with images of the perfect body from our earliest childhood and these images are ubiquitous as we progress through our teenage years on into adulthood. It is no wonder that many men and women question if their body fits the ideal body image, or if there is something they could be doing “better” to achieve that desired look. As a result, our confidence can take a hit and we feel uncomfortable in our own skin. In an era where Photoshop creates inhuman bodies and social media apps ask us to “swipe right” if you like what you are looking at, we need to practice mindfulness to help us appreciate and take care of our bodies in a way that is best suited for us. You are good enough- and by incorporating hypnosis into your life you will be able to quiet the “noise” of popular culture as it relates to body image.

Chances are even your most beautiful or fittest friend has moments where they are not comfortable with their body. Self-doubt, uncertainty and in some cases envy sneak into our internal narrative, corrupting the image we see when we look in the mirror. There is no better time than now to start loving your body and training your mind to appreciate the person you see looking back at you. Our hypnosis practice will help you to combat some of the body image media fodder we either consciously or sub-consciously absorb each day. We help train your brain and bring you peace and acceptance helping you realize that there really are a million reasons why you should love your body, instead of being ashamed of it.

Start appreciating the body that carries you around! Body image hypnosis coupled with our other services such as nutrition education will provide you with a holistic approach to your health and your relationship with your body. After all, body image acceptance starts in the mind, not the mirror; by changing the way you think about your body and giving you the tools to best support your body, your overall relationship with the person you see in the mirror each day can only improve. A healthy body image means that you truly accept, appreciate, and even love the way your body looks and everything it can do for you; it does not just mean that you only tolerate the way you look.

To start your journey towards a positive body image, try implementing some of these daily practices:

  • Dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself, in clothes that fit you now
  • Be aware of how you talk about your body when in conversation with friends and family: Do you only focus on your physical appearance?
  • Be mindful of the messages you choose to listen to that come from the media. Are they helpful? Are they true?

Our practice of body image hypnosis helps elevate your understanding, love, and acceptance of your body. Rewrite the dialogue and change the vernacular in the way you talk and think about your body! Hypnosis is extremely powerful and creates a change from within. It allows you to achieve inward focus which will allow for a heightened ability to accept suggestions for change and growth.

Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HypnosisAndMindfulness or give us a call at 561.504.6669 to see how hypnosis can help you have a positive body image!