I know there’s a lot of talk about the coronavirus right now. It’s an odd time, I know. Unsettling. But it’s going to be okay. I’m not here to tell you what the right way to handle things is, only to suggest that you not freak out. Listen to the doctors and scientists who have the most up-to-date information about what you can do to stay safe. Also, wash your hands with soap and water. (But you knew that already, right?)
But enough about that.
Maybe we all need a respite. Which is what I’ve always wanted this space to be.
Right now, look around you. Notice the sunlight falling across the floor. Or maybe take note of the soft, grey sky outside your window. Are you sipping tea, or coffee? Are you curled under a soft blanket? Is there quiet music playing? Wherever you are, pause and notice.
If you want to make a list (you know I love lists), write a quick list of five things you’re appreciating right now as you pause and notice. If you don’t feel like writing, then just think these five things in your head; list them mentally. While you think/write them, feel them in your heart.
Then take five deep breaths. Slowly, thoughtfully. With a deep appreciation for the breath in your body right now and with a deep appreciation for your five things.
If you feel overwhelm as you move through your day (any day), you can come back to this simple exercise; you can create this respite for yourself. This will help you maintain a peaceful state of mind. You still need to wash your hands…but this respite (this sliver of peace) is yours.
sending a little love your way, m
15 thoughts on “A Little Respite”
Thank you for this, Michelle. We are mindful of taking walks once or twice a day and are very fortunate to live in the country, where there are many hiking trails and paths to chose from. In the midst of all this our house has sold and we are now in the process of finding a new home, so that is keeping us occupied! Stay well, dear friend! xo
Congrats on the sale of your house and good luck in the search for your new home!
So glad to know you’re out on those trails. Stay healthy. xo
Even the word, respite, feels really sweet. <3
I think so too. <3
This is a lovely exercise, thank you. :)
You’re very welcome, and I’m glad you like it!
Grateful for this Michelle. It has been a stressful week ending today- with staff only at school in various planning sessions to prep for potential short to long term closure. I am not one given to panic and am generally the voice of reason in chaos, but the level of anxiety around me felt overwhelming and I began to shut down. During a break I pulled this up from email and used it for the rest of the day to remain at peace. Blessings be.
I can only imagine the stress you’re dealing with at school. I am continually amazed at the myriad ways this virus is affecting people…it just spirals out and out and out. Sending love and light and strength to you. And thank you (thank you so much) for taking the time to leave this message, to let me know this post helped you during your day. That does my heart good. xoxo
Hi Michelle: I took a respite from the news today, both online and TV and I feel great. I made a promise to myself that from now on I will check in with the outside world once a day. I think that will be enough.
Always nice to hear from you Michelle.
That’s great thinking, Betty. Once a day should definitely be enough. Good for you, navigating a way that works for you. xoxo
Thank you! Right now I’m listening to the birds. I’ve opened my front door to let fresh air in. Sipping coffee.
Coffee with fresh air and singing birds sounds delightful. Enjoy!
Thanks Michelle, I’m respiting as I write!
That made me smile! I’m glad :) xo