Xiaoying Yuan, founder / owner of J. Yuan & Associates New York
While self-quarantining is saving millions of lives on our planet, it is also disrupting everyone's routines. I still recall the panic, fear and sadness that I felt deep down inside on the morning two weeks ago when Andrew Cuomo confessed that he was considering locking down New York City. When the entire world, including the art industry, is completely shut down, art collectors are clinging to their desires for their favorite works. On the other hand, seeing a million-dollar painting online will not help a newly laid off corporate employee to pay his rent and to put food on the table for his family. While art lifts our spirits, it does not save lives. This is the truth for the time of crisis. The things we care most about are all related to our survival.
This having said, whether you are a loner or a social butterfly, an artist living in your imaginations, or a business owner measuring your success with numbers, being locked down at home at the peak of the global pandemic, the worst thing you can do is to reject this rare opportunity of turning a disaster into a brand new lifestyle. Take the chance to restructure your life, design new routines, improve your life habits, and make yourself-quarantine time a healthy, meaningful, and fulfilling lifestyle. Whatever the profession you practice, no matter how much difficulty you need to overcome on a daily basis, know when to do what and how your life will proceed every day in a time of crisis is the best way to feel grounded, confident, and hopeful.
All that you need to focus on is remaining a clear-headed winner in a world filled with uncertainty and disorder.
Incorporate meditation into your daily life
Psychology Today suggests that we incorporate meditation into our daily activities during times of crisis. If you have never tried it, start now. Meditation helps us to calm down, connect with our inner-self, and focus on the present. During these times when we wake up every day to shocking news and feel overwhelmed, we need to start to protect ourselves from major loss and eliminate our anxiety. Meditation eliminates our anxiety, maintains our mental health, and strengthens our immune system.
Use your morning and evening time to nurture your inner strength
Morning time is crucial as it’s the beginning of a new day. It’s essential to know how NOT to set up our day for worry, confusion, fear, or any negative feeling that prevents us from feeling gorgeous about ourselves and our life. If you open your eyes at noon followed by two hours of gathering all heartbreaking news