How is the ‘new normal’ going?
Over this past month I’ve observed our grief response to this extraordinary time. So many of us have moved in and out of denial, bargaining, anger and sadness. In the classic five stages of grief, the destination is arriving at some kind of acceptance about the situation.
Acceptance doesn’t mean you have to like it, that you don’t have days when you cry or feel overwhelmed. There have been so many disappointments – long anticipated celebrations, holidays and anniversaries cancelled, being unable to see or hug loved ones. It’s tough!
To me, acceptance is complying with physical distancing and playing by the rules. It’s washing my hands as soon as I return from a walk or a quick shopping trip. And washing them again after unpacking the groceries or receiving a delivery.
Acceptance can also bring relief from struggle. When my mind is not consumed by fear, anxiety or sadness, there’s space for creativity, kindness and connection. We are in the midst of history being made, and there are opportunities for change, both personal and global, when we come out the other side of it.
For now, we’re putting one step after the other, taking each day as it comes. New routines are evolving and, to be honest, I’ve probably not walked so diligently or danced with such regularity for a long time. On and off line, I’m possibly more connected with others than ever.
The Rona resources
From National Theatre live recordings to 80’s exercise classes, thanks to the amazing generosity of individuals and organisations we have more opportunities to learn, get fit or be entertained than ever.
Take a look at some of the things I love to do with my spare time at the moment. Feel free to comment with your Rona finds.
A little bit of honey
Want to make the easiest, no hassle ferment? I’ve recently begun experimenting with honey ferments. It’s the scantest recipe and simplest ever!
I made mine at the end of the stone fruit season but use whatever you have available. Small jars are perfect to experiment with.
Weekday Facebook Live
Since 13 March 13th I’ve been going Live every weekday at 1pm on the clinic’s Facebook page. These short chats are a way of checking in with you at lunchtime, staying connected and offering support. I’ve covered a lot of subjects – it’s candid and imperfect but I love seeing messages from old clients and friends who stop by to say hello.
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If you’ve got any subjects you’d like me to touch on, just drop me a line.
Business as usual
I’ve done most of my naturopathic and mentoring work online for the last six years, so I’ve not had to make the agonising decision to close a clinic or physically move a dispensary. Having done that twice before, I know how exhausting this can be.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been running regular small group sessions with practitioner’s I’m mentoring. If you’re a practitioner struggling with changes and uncertainty or are curious about group mentoring read my latest update.
Just because we’re living through a pandemic, it doesn’t mean our ongoing health issues magically disappear. In fact, stress often worsens these problems. Also living with some chronic conditions can make us more vulnerable to succumbing to this virus.
This autumn we need to work just a little bit harder on our healthy habits. If you’re struggling with a pre-existing disease or finding it challenging to create a healthful lifestyle, as always, I’m here to help. Just book online and we will have a video consultation as usual.