Are you exhausted by social distancing? Burned out from too many Zoom calls? For most of 2020, COVID-19 has drastically changed lifestyles around the globe, keeping us distant from our friends, family, and our old routines. The result is a global fatigue with “the new normal.” After what seems like a lifetime, we’re still staying home as often as we can and missing our daily activities. The world has never experienced a pandemic of this magnitude in recent history, so it’s completely normal if you find yourself in a funk – you’re not alone! If you’re feeling more anxious, irritable, unmotivated, or more stressed than usual – this post is for you as you may be experiencing Coronavirus Fatigue.
Under normal circumstances, most people’s lives are already a balancing act of stress and responsibilities. When you add a pandemic into the mix, that balancing act becomes more difficult. In fact, the combination of stress and uncertainty directly affects your mindset, leaving many of us feeling lost. Another reason you may be experiencing fatigue is a social phenomenon called Caution Fatigue. Over time, it’s easy to become desensitized to the news, because every day, more and more COVID-19 headlines make their way to the top of the news cycle. After a while, all the headlines seem to blend together, repeating messages that we’ve heard so many times that we become numb to them. As a result, many people feel less compelled to follow recommended safety guidelines. Whether you’re experiencing Coronavirus Fatigue or navigating your way through Caution Fatigue, the underlying cause of both conditions is stress. Instead of throwing caution to the wind or giving in to feelings of hopelessness, the best thing you can do is to find a constructive, safe outlet. Below, we’ve compiled a list of classes and services to help you relieve stress:
Be Zen with Meditation
Aldo’s FitLab offers a meditation class to practice the art of focusing on sounds, visualizations, breath, and movement to increase awareness of the present moment. This class aims to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
Join Potential Energy Yoga and Wellness for their Small Group: Breathe Online class. The world is feeling a little hectic lately, so begin to choose your reaction to the chaos through the profound, yet simple power of breathing. This class focuses on deep breathing with and without asana. You’ll learn different pranayama (breathing practices) and start to feel the effects after your first class.
Relax with Yoga
Get your OM on with Recovery Yoga Network! Check out their 30-minute RYN Therapeutic Flow class. RYN is a gentle therapeutic flow allowing the practitioner to process difficult emotions through movement, breath, and meditation. Each session is followed by an opportunity for judgement free community and connection where practitioners are invited to share their emotions, struggles or successes of the moment. This group is open to anyone in need of community and connection.
Jai Yoga offers Kriya yoga in their Jai Goddess Sacred Circle. This sacred circle is designed to be a container for your fears to be released, connections to be made, and joy to be shared. Especially during these uncertain times, we need to process emotions as they arise; for emotions can serve us or ruin is. Tina Marlow leads this circle with nurturing, patience, encouragement, and love.
It’s true – your thoughts can shape your reality! Try something new at Shine Community. Their Reiki Group Healing Meditation class will usher you into a positive mindset, using guided imagery and positive affirmations to help you re-program your mind, body, and emotions. You’ll begin to align with peace, balance, joy, abundance, and beyond. Before and after the class, you’re invited to discuss personal growth and spiritual development with a community that supports one another.
For a one-on-one service, Willow Tree Medicine offers a Distance Intuitive Energy Healing Session. This 90-minute virtual chat is a powerful and effective guided Energy Healing session that uses Reiki, Shamanic healing techniques, past life work, soul retrieval, and chakra clearing. Each session can be customized to your needs at the time.
Seek Out a Lifestyle Coach
Prefer to talk to someone one-on-one about how you’re feeling? Bre at Wailea Healing Center helps you tune into the wisdom of your body and highest self as she reflects deep listening. Bre listens to what you’re saying, as well as what you’re not saying. Together, you’ll create a customized action plan based on your deepest intuitive guidance, leading you toward an authentic and inspiring life. During the session, you will do internal exercises to help you release the past by dismantling physical, emotional, and energetic blocks.
If you’re feeling particularly stressed, check out Holistic Hansen’s session for Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). TRE is a learned technique that uses the body’s natural shaking mechanism to release physical tension. Whether you’re addressing a traumatic event or a stress build-up, this session will leave you refreshed and ready to take on your life.
Even though we’re living in a stressful time, we can make it a little more bearable by setting time aside for much-needed self-care. Though it may not feel like it right now, we’ll get through this together, so in the meantime, let’s do all we can to take care of ourselves and our well-being. Hop on over to the Vagaro Marketplace to start exploring all the different classes our businesses offer to help you bust through your COVID-19 stress and anxiety!
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