A lot of us are now self-isolating, spending our days watching Netflix and drinking ourselves up in our pyjamas, feeling sorry about ourselves and fearing the total collapse of our lives. We’re living in unprecedented times!

However, self-isolation doesn’t mean laziness!

This is not the apocalypse! This is a pandemic, something that Bill Gates warned the World about a few years ago in this Ted talk – “The next outbreak? We’re not ready” – and something that we were not prepared for as he mentioned. We are suffering the consequences of not taking the necessary measures a long time ago.

You might be thinking now “Well, it was not up to me to take any of those measures, only Governments had the power to do that”. Sure, that’s true to some extent. However, every one of us plays their part (even if you think it’s really tiny) in our society, either it’s by the way we consume, the things we consider priorities, the way we interact with others, the lifestyle we chose, … every single act has an impact on the Planet. Every little thing matters, even our thoughts. Or should I say, especially our thoughts?

As you know, everything is energy, including our thoughts and according to the law of vibration (check also the Hawkins scale) and the law of attraction, the lower our vibration, the more negative things we will attract into our reality (this includes diseases). So if we are living our lives in a low vibration and in a way that it’s not in the best interest of our consciousness evolution journey, the Universe will have their own ways of putting us on the right path by making us rethink our life choices and actions.

When was the last time you stopped to think about what you’re doing with your life?

  • Are you happy?
  • Are you unhappy?
  • If you’re unhappy, what would make you happy?
  • If “money” immediately came to your mind, why would it make you happy? What would it bring into your life that it’s missing right now?
  • Are there any other ways to get that happiness without money?
  • Have you ever thought about starting your own business on the side? Have you ever decided to learn a new skill? Have you been willing to put in the effort to change your life?
  • Have you been using your free time to work on something that will help you change your life? Have you been investing your free time to read books or learn something new?
  • Have you been using your free time to strengthen relationships with others? Have you been using your extra time to help others?
  • How are your actions impacting the Planet? How are your actions impacting other people’s lives?
  • What are your first thoughts in the morning, negative or positive? Why are those thoughts always present? How can you change them to empower yourself?
  • What is the mark you would like to leave in this World? Would you like to be known for the one who had the great house and car or the one who was able to change people’s lives with random acts of kindness, or both? What’s the most important for you? What does really matter?

I am not trying to be judgemental, not at all! These are just some examples of questions that we should be asking ourselves every day (me included) but unfortunately, we seem to never have the time to do it. We are stuck in an autopilot mode living our busy lives, waking up, taking the kids to school, going to work for a company that we don’t like, going back home exhausted with no energy to work on relationships with others and ending up breaking them as nowadays it looks like it’s easier to just replace them with new ones rather than fixing them.

In this process, we also neglect everything around us including the environment and the Planet. We are addicted to consuming, shopping, drinking… as that help us numbing ourselves and forget about our problems for a little while as we think that everything is out of our control anyway.

Most people believe that reality is something that cannot be controlled and that we are powerless victims of the Universe. Guess what? That’s not true. We are all able to somehow control our reality by choosing how we look at it and respond to specific situations. We attract to our lives what we focus on, that’s the law of attraction. Like attracts like. The same way fear attracts stress and disease.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t be worried, no! We should worry! We should not take these messages from the Universe lightly. We should try to understand the message that we are being given and take the necessary actions rather that just pretend that everything is fine and wait in our laziness for better days to come.

We got to a point where the Planet couldn’t handle it anymore. A “reset” was needed. Action was needed. We needed to be forced to isolate and go within. Reconsider our priorities. Work together. Help others.

We are all connected. We needed to isolate ourselves to realise that we are all in this together, no matter if you are rich, poor, living in Africa, Europe or Asia. If the people in Asia who produce your medicines are not able to work, you will not be able to get medicines. If an NHS worker is not able to get food because the supermarket shelves are empty due to panic buying, you will not get treatment when you need it. It’s a network.

We are a collective! It’s time to do our collective work!

So what can we do now that we are self-isolating or recovering from the disease? What can we do now that we have no idea if we will have a job tomorrow or if we will be able to pay the rent?

First of all, follow the Government and NHS advice. Protect yourself and protect others.

Then, make the most of the amazing gift you are being given – “free time”. (And I don’t mean going out to pubs!)

Here are some tips for making the most of your self-isolation time and keeping your mental health in check:

How to deal with self-isolation

Keep your house clean

A clean space is not only healthier, but it influences your mood too. Being in a clean environment every day, can make you feel more successful when you wake up in the morning as you will feel that you’ve accomplished something for yourself. And why not changing things a little bit, moving some paintings or some furniture? Make your space comfortable.

Get rid of things you don’t need

This is a great opportunity to check your wardrobe and put aside those clothes that you didn’t wear in the last years but are still using space and catching dust unnecessarily.  You can donate them to charities later on and help someone in need.

Keep yourself clean

It can be tempting to skip shower and spend every day in your pyjama. However, this can have an impact on your mental health as your mind will tend to trick you and lead you to laziness which can become extreme, after a few days, and make you feel as if you are on a sort of imprisonment or bad vacation. Try to get dressed as usual, that will help you become more productive and enjoy your free time more.

Learn a new skill

How cool would it be coming back to work in a few months with a complete new set of skills? How empowering would it be to look back and see how much you have learned. Imagine how much your life would change thanks to your new skills. You can learn a new language, learn how to cook, do an online course, learn how to play a musical instrument, learn how to grow your own food… You will come back as a brand new you, a better version, 2.0!

Develop the habit of reading

This is related to the above. Reading is all about self-development and knowledge. Knowledge is power! The more you know, the more resources you will have not only to improve your job situation but also strengthen your relationships and change your perspective on life in general. The more you know, the more you will level up your conversational game and become interesting to other people as well, and you will see how you’ll start attracting more interesting people to your life too. If you are not really a fan of reading, why not swap that Netflix movie with a Netflix documentary or a YouTube tutorial instead? You will be surprised how much you can learn about different stuff.

Plan a new business venture

Have you ever thought of having your own business? Launching a new business venture? Or even a charity? What is your dream? Now finally you have the time to sit down and think about it very seriously. Start building your business plan. If you don’t know how to do it, do a quick research online and you will find plenty of websites explaining how to build a business plan and offering free templates. Don’t be discouraged by the investment needed, there are also options such as crowdfunding if you have a great idea. In some cases, opening a business doesn’t even require lots of money, just really good skills. Think about it ?

Start exercising

It’s essential to stay healthy now more than ever. If you’re like me and always made all type of excuses to not exercise at all, maybe now it’s a good time to start doing it. We have the free time. I don’t mean we should all sign up to a gym, of course. This is time to stay at home and avoid spreading the virus. There are plenty of free mobile apps that you can use to exercise at home. You don’t need special equipment. There are also gyms doing Yoga classes online now, a good way to exercise and interact with other people. Imagine the new version of you when you’re back to work, healthier and sexier 😀

Help others in need, if possible

If you have neighbours from a risk group and living alone, you can leave a message under their door with your contact in case they need any help such as getting food. Of course you still need to protect yourself and avoid social contact but there are always other ways to help even if it’s just calling authorities and ask for help or spending some time on the phone with them daily so that they don’t feel alone. You can also make a positive contribution by just staying positive and calming down your friends and family who might be particularly suffering from anxiety or stress.

Avoid stock piling

Think of the NHS workers and the elders who are the ones we need to make sure are left with some food. Buy only what you actually need so that everyone has access to basic and essential products.

Also take precautions when you go out for food shopping. Remember that the products you bring home, especially the ones in plastic or metal containers can be contaminated so you want to make sure you wash the packages with soap.

Don’t spend the day watching the news

Of course, you need to keep yourself informed so that you are aware of the latest developments and Government advice but avoid obsessing over it. There’s no need to spend the day watching the news. Make the most of your time so that you don’t regret it later.

Keep your vibration up

Don’t panic!

Remember the Hawkins scale, fear is a low vibration. Low vibrations attract low vibrations. Practice mindfulness, try meditation. You will be surprised how powerful meditation is and how it can literally change your life.

We are going to get through this together. When will that happen and the way life will go on after this period will be linked to how we respond to what’s happening now. Please be responsible, protect yourself and protect others.

Take care!

Love and Light x