This is a time to focus…

These are unprecedented times. I know that we are all feeling a little overwhelmed right now as we see so much bad news happening, not just in our own world, but in everyone’s world.

Thank you for all of your kind and supportive wishes to each other on Instagram this past few weeks. I am taken aback each day when I can see how much kindness there is out there.

If ever there was a time for us to support positive thoughts and feelings, it is now. We may feel anxious, sad, scared even. But one thing we are not, is helpless.

We have plenty of tools in our armour that can help us during this difficult time. We just need to see them, embrace them and practice them.

I would like to tell you about a few things that I have been doing with my family over this past few weeks. I hope that it will provide some inspiration to you all.

  1. Exercise: First things first. This is one of the simplest and healing things you can do right now. I know that there are restrictions on our movements outdoors right now (and rightly so, please obey these!), but this does not mean that we are totally confined to indoors. If you have a back garden, use it. Get the kids out into the fresh air to run around. It’s great grounding for us all to be outdoors. If you have a nearby amenity, like a park, take the kids for a nature walk! (again, please observe the physical distancing rules wherever you go!). The unexpected positive that I have noticed over the last 2 weeks is how more clearer the air is. How much bluer the sky is. I can actually hear more birds than ever before! Get outdoors and get that body moving.
  1. Eating properly: This is something that we all need to get a handle on now. I don’t know about your house, but ours has fallen foul of the crisps, snacks and convenience meals over the past 2 weeks as we get to grips with our new routine! But it’s time to change that. Because the first way to boost our immune systems now, is with what we eat. And let’s face it ‘i don’t have time to cook from scratch’ just isn’t an excuse that holds any water now! Start to get creative in the kitchen. If your meals don’t make the Master Chef grade the first time, so what. Try again tomorrow. Vary your menus. Get the kids to help. have fun with it. Hopefully it will be a habit that sticks with you for the long term.
  1. Reflective time: For some of you, this might be to say some prayers, for others, it might be meditation. It really is just about taking some time to think about the support we all need right now. In our house, for the last week, I have been lighting a candle every morning and every evening. I have sat with the kids for 10 minutes each time and just thought about sending positive thoughts everyone in the world that needs our support. It is basically just some quiet time to send some healing out to the universe. Because the one unique thing about this virus, is that it has affected us globally. Everyone is touched by it. Everyone needs support. Lighting a candle is a simple thing you can do to connect you with this.

Sound Therapy: This is something that I have been using for a number of years now. It is one of the most useful practices that I have engaged with and I find it incredible powerful. Sound Healing has been around for centuries in pain management, health and basic wellness. It is a practice to improve your physical and emotional well-being, through a combination of sounds, music and vibrations. I appreciate that this can sound a little ‘out there’ for some people, but sound healing does have basis in science. Science leaders and healers alike all agree that everything in the universe, including the cells in our body, are in a constant state of vibration. When these vibrations and sounds work in harmony, we are in good health. But if something throws them off (like the current challenge with Coronavirus), they are upset, something falls out of rhythm and we may begin to feel unwell or out of sorts. Okay, so it’s not quite as simple as that, butt hat is the basic premise of sound healing. Everyone may have a different experience with this practice, but it definitely can benefit just about everyone! 

Binaural Beats is an emerging form of Sound Wave Therapy that uses subtle, surreal beats that are sometimes cocooned in relaxing music and seem to pulsate deep inside the brain. When you play a tone into one ear that is at a slightly higher frequency that what you play into the other, they are perceived at a totally new frequency. Lower sound waves promote relaxation and sleep, whereas, higher frequencies promote alertness and having more focus. So, it makes sense that we can use these sound waves in ways that can help settle our state of mind. Have a look at the article below…

Well, that’s all from me right now. I do hope that I have given you some useful ways to use your time. We are all in this together. Let’s help and support each other – never has it been so important.

The Tonic is Sonic: Here’s Why You Should Consider a Sound Healing

 As always, please feel free to get in touch with me anytime on Facebook, Insta or by dropping me a mail to sinead@wasted.ie – i’d love to hear from you!

Until next time, look after yourself

Sinead Xx