Self-care has taken a serious turn. Previously, if we were feeling coldy or fluey, we’d pop a pill, knock back an espresso or five, stuff some tissues up our nose and soldier on. Recovering from various maladies are what weekends are for – you’ve just got to suck it up and keep going until you can collapse into a snotty heap. Customers need us, we need to deliver, plus the world will explode and die if this report doesn’t get done on time.
As well as a pandemic raging outside our front door, we’re now being forced to shift this fundamental ‘soldier on’ ethos that so many of us were raised on. Currently, if you leave your house without your mask, act like you’re unwell in public, or sneeze (OMG YOU SNEEZED?!), you are stared down in the street like a criminal. The days of “sucking it up” are over my friends, and we need to show responsibility to others and ourselves.
Anxiety levels are obviously quite high, particularly in metropolitan Melbourne. A lack of connection or physical touch from other people is affecting our mental health. “RUOK Day” is an awesome initiative, but right now it’s something we need to make an everyday consideration.
Massage can have a calming effect on the nervous system, as many of our clients have reported. One only has to sit at reception to watch those beautiful post-massage faces. It’s one of the things I love about my job! Social distancing and feeling quite emotionally distant from each other is a real thing; we’re social animals and need touch in many different ways.
There are obviously huge uncertainties around what’s next for us on planet earth. For me personally, I hope we are a little kinder to the environment, remembering to respect animals and nature.
I also hope to see a shift in the way that people view healthcare. As I’ve been banging on about for years, looking after our bodies is not selfish. Going to get a treatment is not a luxury that we need to feel guilty about. We service our cars and machinery so it can operate efficiently – why not invest in the one piece of machinery we’ll have our entire life? If it konks out, what happens then?
It has been my dream for many years to have a one-stop healthcare shop, where you can get the best advice and treatments from quality healthcare professionals who love what they do. Hard work and dedication has paid off, and Prana Therapies can now offer massage, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and nutrition. YAY! We can give quality advice and between our amazing team, we can usually help with whatever health issue you have. If for some reason we can’t, we’ll work with you to find another practitioner that can help.
Plus, we always have tea!
There are plenty of self-help guides out there, but from real people who do it every day, here are a few suggestions for making it through the remainder of lock-down:
- Turn off your screens for a day / half a day
- Walk outside
- Potter in the garden and plant some herbs
- Soak in the tub with some Epsom salts
- Play a game solo or with your loved ones
- Read a book, do some informal study that you’ve always been interested in
Creating a routine is important for us as human beings. Doing little things for ourselves make a huge difference for our minds and bodies, not only for lock-down but into the new world.
Remember dear friends, this time will pass and we’ll soon be busy again, cramming WAY too much into our day. If we set up a new philosophy around self-care now, it will carry us into the next phase.
Stay safe and fabulous,