How are you managing your stress right now?

My friends have been telling me how worried they are and that the stress of the possibility of losing jobs and being in lockdown is really getting to them. We haven’t been put in lockdown yet in Australia in case you are wondering. So this morning I decided to do the @biddytarot How to Manage Stress spread.

How to Manage Stress Spread
Cards Left to Right
1. What is at the heart of our stress? King of Swords
2. How can we better manage this stress? Queen of Pentacles
3. Where can we better direct our energy? Queen of Swords
4. What self love actions can we take now? King of Wands

Obviously at the moment COVID-19 is at the heart of most of our stress. The King of Swords reminds us to use our intelligence in this situation. We have all heard from people in authority that we need to wash our hands, distance ourselves from social activity, listen for updates as businesses close, only go where you need to, do not travel overseas, self isolate if you have been overseas, seek medical attention if you have any symptoms etc. It is a time to listen and to follow instructions, not only to protect yourself but to protect others who are at higher risk if they contract COVID-19.

The Queen of Pentacles reminds us to stay grounded, try to keep calm, practice that meditation you’ve been meaning to do. Catch up on your favorite shows. Take a bath in your favorite scented oils. Don’t cause yourself anymore anxiety by watching and checking for updates every 5 minutes.

The Queen of Swords is all about organizing, getting things done. Well I guess the possibility of being at home from work or working from home is going to give us extra hours in the day to get shit done around the house. Go through your wardrobe ( I personally have been meaning to do this for months) bag up clothing you no longer need, take it to the collection bins (take hand sanitizer with you), if you have kids show them how to do things around the house (things they’ll be thankful for when they leave home), do some maintenance on the car, get those weights and exercise gear out that have never been used. Organize the garage. And most of all direct your energy towards having better relationships with your family, friends and flatmates.

The King of Wands tells us to remember what we are passionate about and start up those lost hobbies we used to love doing but could never find the time. Start a new project, study something you are interested in online, read those books your got collecting dust on the shelf, become your own Boss.

We are all going through a huge change right now, no matter where we live in the world we are all going through this. Be patient and kind to others and don’t be greedy or selfish, only buy products from the supermarket you will need for a few days. Try not to waste things, find new recipes or make up your own. We will all get through this. Do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it and check up on your friends and family, especially those who live alone.

M.

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