"Faith over fear,..." - someone wrote. It caught my attention in the midst of worry and panic, that this pandemic is causing. During this sensitive time that we're living in, I have to admit that it's been really hard for me to grasp my emotions. I've been contemplating back and forth what to say about it all. But if there's one thing that I'm certain about, it is that I want to share hope and inspiration with you all. As a human race, we should all take responsibility and isolate ourselves, if that helps the spread. I also think it's important that we stay connected with each other as much as possible and don't let fear control and take over our minds to make drastic and selfish decisions. Make this quarantine time an opportunity to take care of yourself, to be creative and to become the best version of yourself. Fear does weaken the immune system. While it may be difficult to stay strong in situations like these, which we've never experienced in our lives before, I choose to have faith that this shall pass and that it'll even make us more mindful of what is actually important to us.
With that said, I'd like to share some things that help me stay at peace. These are my own strategies that work for me, and I encourage you to comment and share what works for you because you never know who you might actually help by sharing your thoughts. Remember, we're all in this together!
Create a clean and harmonic space for yourself
It's very important for me to keep it nice and clean around me, especially if I'm going to stay at home now more than ever! For those reasons I've been deep cleaning and getting rid of things that I no longer find useful in my life. I also love having plants around me - they're beautiful to look at, they clean the air, and they're also proven to reduce stress.
Light candles and incense
I'm a candle hoarder! I've been collecting them for as long as I've lived in California. I love candles that are pretty and that smell good. Incense is something that I discovered more in recent years. There's something about certain smells that takes me back to memories, especially memories back in The Gambia when we'd sit by the bonfires at night, telling stories. Smells basically comforts me, especially in today's day and time.
We all have different things that make us laugh. I believe it's true that laughter is the best form of medicine. What helps me laugh are comedies, funny memes, animal videos, and looking at old pictures. Being a photographer, I've captured many photos from trips around the world in laughing moments.
Talk to friends and loved ones
Being able to talk to someone is essential, someone that you feel will not judge you. Just having someone listening to you can help. And if you find it hard to talk to someone, writing is another good option. It will clear your thoughts and help you process things easier, at least it does to me.
Blessings your way