A message from Nat Rich, founder of I AM SOUND Academy.
The time has come to take some steps to protect yourself.
This is not because we are all going to die or because the world will end - it's because we're about to spend a lot more time with ourselves than ever before; all day with nowhere near as many distractions as we might like.
You have three options to choose from in such times:
Here at I AM SOUND we're going for the third option.
I was prepared ahead of time, I sent out group WhatsApp to those I care about with a survival kit (which is listed below) and I started reducing my travel two weeks ago and made sure my staff were able to work from home too.
With this extra time on my hands I decided to pivot my new company to have more of an online focus and put a plan into action.
More details can be found below:
You will need at least one months food supply but if you can get 3 months, you should be safe for sometime.
If you like to cook then now is your time and if Tupperware gets you excited you will LOVE this because food prepping meals for the freezer will be the best and most efficient way to stockpile in the event of a wide scale lock down.
Just chuck out the frozen crap and make yourself something healthy to survive on!
Remember when buying your items, it's best to go local shopping and help those local stores. Amazon is good but don't they have enough money already? Try and think of your homies and help those locally to thrive in the madness.
Make as many frozen meals with your 5 a day veg as you can stock up on. Try and keep healthy and buy vitamins with extra magnesium and vitamin D and lots of nuts (as long as you're not allergic to them of course!).
Top up the cupboards with tinned & jarred foods / pasta / rice / sauces / oats and none fridge nut milks.
Dried packet foods / Biscuits / Crisps / Nutritional bars and chocolates - because lets be honest, you'll need something to smile about!
In case it gets worse and longer than expected you'll also need the following:
Remember there will likely be no rubbish collection so calm down on the disposal of things and make sure you only cook what you will eat so the bin does not stink for days...
There's no guarantee of immediate medical help. Make sure you have all prescriptions and medical gear you may need related to each case in the household.
Try and get a plug in landline phone connection prior to any event. Wifi may go down in some cases due to a surge in usage from people being at home all day. Keep and share a list of contact numbers you may need for friends / relatives and useful numbers landlines.
Stock up on Board games, books, colouring in books, puzzles. Good old fashioned non-electrical items for entertainment will have us all nostalgic.
Remember, there's only so much your eyes can take watching screens and Netflix all day.
Should you be travelling?
That's the short answer.
The Government are providing travel updates regarding the Coronavirus outbreak via their website - you can read the official advice here.
Overall though, any travel you can avoid, whether abroad or within the UK, is best to be avoided.
Think to yourself; "Do I need to travel there? Is there an alternative?"
Here's some ideas for alternative options:
No one likes to be bored, but from boredom comes creativity.
There will be plenty of things you have put off in life up until to now, claiming you have no time for anything.
Here comes the gift of time for us all and all we can do is panic about it.
Now is the time to organise your whole life to create it as you wanted it to be.
When this is over we will be the most creative people we had always hoped to be. We will know what it’s like to connect with humans again and to live without all the extra material items we thought we needed.
Get yourself back to basics and enjoy this process.
Here’s a list of stuff you can do to re-organise your life as you know it:
Most of all, learn to meditate. It's the only thing that will help you remain calm and peaceful in these times. we will do webinars in this too.
We all love a lie in and you may not have had one in a while, so if you can grab some extra hours then do!
However, moving forward, you’re going to want to get up early and face the day. Being sluggish in bed is going to leave your mind in a low state and if you are stuck in the house you need all the help you can get.
Starting the day with a new routine will help change it up mood-wise. The earlier you can get up and start your day the better. Starting your mornings with meditation and calm music will set the mood for the day.
Sitting still with no focus other than to remain calm with no distractions may sound easy, but this isn't always the case; feelings come up that we don’t want to feel, boredom appears and a million ideas, or list of things to do will pop up when you give yourself time.
Take it slow. Sitting still is an art.
Start with just 3 mins each morning to see how you feel. Once you have finished don’t get straight up and on your phone, start to move slowly and walk slowly.
There is no reason to rush anywhere now.
The chances are you have have been rolling your eyes at panic buyers of loo roll and hand gel while slagging off both Boris Johnson and Donald Trump - even though you have never met either of them of have a clue how to do their jobs (let alone with all the external pressure they are currently under).
Your judgement about where the virus came from or how it was maybe manipulated will change hour by hour (depending on who sends which WhatsApp messages). You may have been secretly hating your boss for not sending you home sooner.
All of this stuff comes from a place of judgement and it is a vibration of energy that will keep you low, moody and stuck feeling like a victim.
This (typically English) moaning mentality has taken more victims than the virus and grows stronger by the day.
You have a simple choice to make; do you moan with the many or step out of this mindset and change your thinking to something more loving and calming for yourself and those around you?
Does the world really need any more gossip or bad news to be spread?
We dare you to take the path of the superhero - put your cape on and save those around you from the global pandemic of negative talk.