This is for anyone recovering from COVID-19 and experiencing a bit of anxiety and trouble breathing, breathwork is something that can help as an additional tool to support your healing. Of course, if symptoms persist and you have COVID-19, please seek help from your local health practitioner! There is brain fog and also anxiety/depression that can hit. I’ve felt foggy for some weeks with COVID-19 and then with a cold. For some people, they seem to sail through illness and winter and COVID-19 no worries. For others, not as much.
COVID-19 is a unique illness in that the symptoms and impact of the illness is different for each person. Personally, I felt unusually fatigued on the day I tested positive in March. As in, I wanted to have 2 naps in the day. Usually on weekends, I have 1 nap per day! So, it was odd my body was asking for another nap. That night and over the following days, I experienced a high fever, felt cold, exhausted, horrid headaches and there was one day when I had trouble breathing. Post COVID-19, I have felt tired. Early in my recovery I went surfing and to the gym and felt I ran a marathon and then was hit by a bus. My breathing was laboured and I was exhausted. Then realised I really need to hit the brakes so started to take better care of myself and want to share this with you too! 🙂
Ideas to help COVID-19 recovery
- You might complete one of these activities on this list, or you may not do anything, or perhaps you do everything on this list! It’s your call.
- Rest up!
- Stay hydrated (go for 1.5L) and electrolytes
- Choose nutritious options, rather than fast food and processed meal options (I know that’s tricky when you feel tired and it’s convenient to get something quickly)
- Pause, practice patience and rest
- Back off the intensity and frequency of gym, yoga and running
- Sleep early
- Place your palms on your rib cage and notice your rib cage expand as you breathe in, notice your rib cage lower as you exhale
- See if you can soften your muscles around your belly as you breathe in
- Follow your inhale and notice the air touch your nose, follow your breath through your nasal cavity, through your throat, into your belly
- Follow your exhale and visualise yourself sending your exhale to the rest of your body, nourishing and resetting your nervous system
- Repeat 10 x
- Awareness exercise:
- Notice the muscles through your face and if you are holding the space between your eyebrows, through your mouth and around your temples
- Consciously invite softness into your face, allowing your muscles to release, open and close your mouth a few times
- Where does your mind go during the breathing exercise?
- If you notice your mind leaving the breathwork exercise, guide yourself back to following your inhale and your exhale
- Bring awareness to your ability to receive the breath, or is there some resistance?
- If the breath is laboured, pause and reset, guiding your breath into your belly
- Yoga asana / physical practice:
- Opt for gentle stretching like child’s pose, seated meditation pose, cat and cow stretch, supported fish pose and savasana
- Yin yoga and restorative yoga offers deep rest rather than an intensive or strong yoga practice/hot yoga
- Count 10 things you are grateful for each morning when you wake up and evening when you sleep
Wishing you deep rest and healing! Nourish yourself and take care always.