We usually think of winter in North America as the Holiday season. Gifts are exchanged as part of Christmas traditions to show gratitude, affection, or unfortunately, to keep from hurting someone’s feelings.
2020 has been an difficult year in so many ways. Many people are struggling financially due to the pandemic. Many do not have income at this point. Many people are grieving the loss of family and friends. Many are serving as caretakers and are overextended in their roles, unable to provide adequate self care.
I am witnessing suffering on many levels as a doctor and Reiki practitioner. I see that this year, the most important gifts are not material at all. We all love a store brought gifts, but in this time of social isolation I believe the best gift we all have to offer is our love and support. Here are some simple ways you can share your gifts:
Ways to Share Your Gifts
The Most Important Gifts to Give:
- A phone call with someone you haven’t’ connected with recently
- Teaching someone by phone how to use video technology to stay connected
- Running an errand for someone quarantined
- Offering your services for free if you are a Reiki healer, especially for distance Reiki
I found that the guests best gifts I have received from others were rarely material. they were time spent, attention, or simple recognition or what I was going through. if you’re feeling like you have nothing to give you might just want to stop and have a look and make sure that’s true.
Offering my services as a physician to help others understand their medical issues is often one way I can help. although I feel like this takes no effort sometimes simple advice can help people go a long way. As a Reiki practitioner, I found that offering distance raking particularly to hospitalized coronavirus patient can bring so much ease to the family and the person going through it.
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Many of us are taught to think of self-care in attention to self as selfishness. Particularly those that tend to be empathetic often find it hard to turn their attention only to themselves.in these turbulent times with so many things going on around us and so many reasons to turn our attention outward, I would like my readers to think about reasons to turn in word even for a few minutes.
There’s so many ways to help in the community. Volunteering, helping your neighbor, donating if possible I just a few of those ways. these are all very valuable and I attempt to help out when time and resources allow myself.
As we approach the weekend I would like you to think about your own self care. Being selfless is Christ-like and beautiful, but if you don’t make sure to fill up your own body and soul you will quickly become depleted.
Self-care can take on many forms and by all means don’t feel limited by my recommendations but here are a few:
- Hiking in nature
- Taking a bath in epsom salt and essential oils
- Taking a nap
When you have cared for yourself, you develop your own resilience. You also deepen you ability to have empathy for others. You lower your own stress hormones, which improves how your immune system functions. When you come from a calm, centered place, it’s easier to be supportive for others.
My own experience with self care has made me a strong believer that self care leads to better care for others. I give myself some kind of self care daily. I will try to start my mornings with Yoga and usually give myself a Reiki treatment at bedtime. I find that I am able to see many patients during the day with complicated cases without feeling stressed. Years ago, before I started my journey to Reiki, I frequently felt overwhelmed. I wanted to be there for my patients but struggled to create a safe boundary in which patients could express themselves without taking on their issues personally.
If you find yourself feeling stressed, especially with the all the external reminders of our constantly chaning world, turn off your devices and practice some self care.
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2020 has been a year that has changed the lives of all of us on the planet. There has been loss beyond measure. Every industry has been impacted. As a practicing physician, this pandemic reminds of the the “never will happen” scenario I was taught about in medical school.
All that aside, no matter if you contracted the virus, you function as a caretaker of someone who contracted the virus, or you’re simply being a responsible citizen and limiting your activities to home, now, more than ever is the time to step up your self care regimen.
What is Self Care
In my internal medicine practice and with my Reiki clients, I define self care as any action that improves your well being. It need not bee a big action. Getting and extra hour of sleep, taking a walking in the morning, or reaching out to a friend you’ve lost contact with can be a start.
Self Care Ideas
- Finding a Physician or Health Care Provider If you don’t have one
- Reviewing your old medical records, especially vaccines.
- Making a list of your supplements
- Scheduling a physical, in person or virtually
- Trying a Healthy Recipe
- Starting a Meditation Practice (this is my free course)
There is so much panic and negativity going on right now. Stress and fear literally weaken your immune system. Now more than ever, you should pursue your self care goals with passion.
I invite you to post in the comments one goal, small or big, serious of frivolous that will refer to one way you will deepen your self care. For me, I practice either Yoga or Meditation daily, I walks at lunch for about 20 minutes. Driving home one day, I suddenly missed sitting at a table at restaurant. I stopped at the grocery and realized, I missed seeing fresh flowers on the table. I’m not usually someone who buys fresh flowers. Putting them on my table at home helped return some of the pleasant feeling of socializing when out with friends.