By Rachael Kable
August 24, 2020 | 3 minute read
In this article we hear from Rachael Kable, creator of the The Mindful Kind podcast on how 2020 has affected her.
It was early 2020, and my fiancé and I were talking about how excited we felt about the year ahead. Our wedding was quickly approaching and we were looking forward to regularly visiting family and friends in Melbourne throughout the year, then going on our honeymoon.
We thought we had a solid plan.
And just like that, things changed.
The COVID-19 pandemic shook the world, affecting so many people in different ways.
Here’s a little insight into my experience and how I’m supporting myself in the face of uncertainty and constant change.
Before the pandemic hit, I was already passionate about self-care. However, my self-care practices felt more like perks – they enriched my life and helped me maintain good emotional wellbeing. Now, my self-care practices are non-negotiable. Without them, I start feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted.
I’ve adjusted my self-care routine to suit my current emotional needs in the same way that I drink more water in summer. When the weather is hot, I sweat more and get dehydrated faster, so I need to increase my water intake. And right now, the constant changes and uncertainty are more draining and stressful than usual; therefore I’ve adjusted my self-care routine accordingly.
I wrote this article outlining a self-care routine that incorporates my favourite practices, including mindful breathing, intention-setting, and spending time around nature. I hope it inspires you to create a self-care routine that helps you feel supported and balanced.
My work has also shifted significantly during 2020. Being in the mental health field, I’ve been creating more content designed to help people deal with challenging and uncertain times. For example, I’ve shared podcast episodes about coping with self-isolation, managing anxiety, and micro-improvements to reduce stress.
I’ve also been working with more clients on topics like navigating intense emotions, worrying less about the future, and self-soothing. It’s been increasingly clear how difficult these times have been for people around the world. At the moment, I have clients in the U.S., Singapore, Myanmar, India, and Australia.
The ramifications of COVID-19 have absolutely been felt in a variety of ways – financially, emotionally, socially, physically, and mentally. At times, it’s been challenging rising up to support other people when I’ve also been feeling affected, but it’s given me a real sense of purpose and motivation.
The main thing I’m focused on now is taking each day as it comes. My fiancé and I have postponed our wedding twice, and we haven’t set a new date yet. We miss our friends and family in Melbourne, but we often catch up via Zoom.
I’m always adjusting my self-care practices to reflect my needs. Some days are easier, and others are shrouded in uncertainty, disappointment, loneliness, and frustration. Ironically, it seems like the only consistent thing is change. However, this also offers an opportunity to grow – particularly in terms of resiliency.
As we learn to navigate these difficult times, we’re continually finding new ways to support ourselves, adapt, and move forward. As hard as this can be, I hope we’ll “come out the other side” feeling stronger and ready to make the most of each day.
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