8 Ways to Stay Witchy (And Sane) While Recovering from COVID
It’s no secret we are in the middle of a full-blown pandemic. And if it hasn’t affected your life yet, then I’m happy for you. As I write this, I’m in the COVID recovering process and it hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been downright difficult and has tested me not just physically but mentally AND spiritually. However, I’ve found ways to hold strong to my magical side and here I plan to provide my oracles with 8 ways to stay witchy (and hopefully sane) while recovering from COVID, just in case any of you have to deal with this unfortunate illness. Though I pray you never have to!
What It’s REALLY Like to Have COVID
I’ve avoided contracting COVID for the past 9 months since first hearing of it. I’ve practice social distancing to the best of my abilities, worn my mask, washed my hands, sanitized, etc. Apparently I couldn’t escape it forever. I am now approximately two weeks positive and every day is a struggle. My entire family has it too…because of me. Each with varying symptoms and degrees of symptoms. While we are classified as having a “mild” case, COVID is NOT a mild illness. It’s not a “bad cold” for everyone, and has been deadly for thousands of people since it’s appearance.
My First COVID Symptoms…and Mistakes
If you’re wondering what my symptoms are like, I’ll tell you. It started with a mild sore throat and nasty post-nasal drip. Then the headaches started. I didn’t have a fever in the first week, which made me believe I wasn’t sick with COVID. DON’T MAKE MY MISTAKE. Not everyone gets a fever with COVID. Also, you can take tests in the first week of incubation and they can read NEGATIVE. But you could still have the virus and could still be contagious. 5 days after exposure with a negative rapid test doesn’t mean you don’t have COVID. Be smart. Quarantine the entire 10 days after exposure. Isolate from your family too, if at all possible.
Following the headaches, sinus congestion, and sore throat came the fatigue, mild body aches and loss of my sense of smell and taste. On day 10 after exposure, I tested positive for COVID. So did my husband. Now my entire family has it and is struggling to recover. It’s not an easy virus to recover from. And during my recovery time, I’ve found myself feeling disconnected from my spiritual practice. From my craft. From the very thing that makes me ME. But I’ve re-centered, grounded, and am slowly recovering from the virus and staying witchy. Here’s how I’m doing it, and how you can too if you (gods forbid) ever contract the virus.
8 Ways to Stay Witchy (& Sane) With COVID
Keep in mind that this virus affects everyone differently. You might get hit harder than I have or have an even milder case. Only do what YOU can do. Your spirituality should be part of your daily activities, not separate. Particularly when you are ill. Your energy should go towards healing your body, not appeasing the gods or ancestors, etc. Your health is TOP priority!
1. Read Something That Nurtures Your Soul
While sometimes all I want to do is lay on my couch and stare at a TV screen, there are brief moments when I have the desire to do something other than binge Netflix. And for those brief moments in time, I try to pick up a witchy or spiritual book. Even if only for five to ten minutes. I am currently reading A Modern Guide to Heathenry as my spiritual read and The Vampire Lestat as my fictional fun read. Not only does reading feed your mind, but it nurtures your soul.
2. Healing Affirmations Help Relieve Fear from COVID
I won’t lie to you. There have been moments and might still be moments when I feel weak, defeated, and even scared. COVID gets inside our bodies and into our fears in many ways. But we can’t let it defeat us. And this is what I tell myself when I’m frightened or down: I AM A WARRIOR. I’ve survived much more than this! Here’s a few powerful healing affirmations you can try:
“I AM A WARRIOR.
HEALTH AND WHOLENESS ARE MINE.
I AM THE EMBODIMENT OF LOVE AND LIGHT.
I’M A GODDESS (GOD).
I CONQUER ALL OF MY ENEMIES.
I AM VICTORIOUS.”
3. Night Time Prayer
Prayer is universal and knows no religious boundaries. You don’t have to be Christian to pray. I am pagan and I pray to my gods and ancestors any time I feel the need. Since having COVID, sometimes the only thing I have the energy to do is pray. Before going to sleep at night, I pray to Odin. I pray to my Goddess and to my ancestors. I express my gratitude for all I have in my life, including my beautiful family members AND my health. And I ask them for their presence, healing, and strength. It always helps me feel better!
4. Walk in the Sun
In the first days upon contracting COVID, you might not want to leave the couch or your bed. That’s completely normal and acceptable! This virus really takes the energy out of you. So don’t force yourself to do anything your body isn’t ready to do. However, when it’s been a week or two OR whenever you’re feeling a little more energetic, try to get outside. Even if it’s just a small walk to the mailbox. Being in the sun and fresh air truly helps. Mother Nature has a calming, healing effect even in the midst of a pandemic.
5. Attitude of Gratitude
And yet another witchy trick when I’m feeling sick, down or scared, I practice having an attitude of gratitude. At night when I feel my worst, instead of dwelling on the negative, I list all of the things in my life that are positive. This almost always elevates the vibrations in my body and around me. I simply say to myself, “I’m thankful for my beautiful children. I’m thankful they are healthy and with me. I am happy for the roof over my head. I’m thankful that I’m recovering from this virus. I’m thankful for my comfortable bed. I am thankful for my loving husband. Etc.” Eventually, I fall asleep with a positive mindset.
6. Pull One Rune or Card
There were days when I didn’t have enough energy to make my bed let alone nurture my craft. My energy still waxes and wanes on a daily basis. The other day I was finally able to put fresh water on my ancestors’ altar…and I was super happy to be able to do it! Yesterday, I was able to pull one rune from my rune bag. That small act of magick in and of itself made me feel more connected and solidify I’m on the path to health and wholeness. If you prefer Tarot, when you have the energy, pull one card and meditate on its message.
7. Binge A Pagan or Witchy Themed Show
When you have COVID, your body needs all its energy to fight off the virus. If you’re able to lay around and watch TV all day, DO IT. Take naps between shows if you want. But in order to feel more witchy and connected? Choose a show that is witchy or pagan themed. The shows I’ve been binging while recovering from COVID include The Last Kingdom and Outlander on Netflix.
8. Magical TEA
When you’re recovering from COVID, it’s best to drink lots of fluids. This keeps you hydrated and helps flush out the toxins. Water and gatorade are important but hot tea is essential. Even if you’ve lost your sense of smell and taste, hot tea has a magical way of making one feel comforted and better. It soothes sore throats and helps open your sinuses. PLUS who doesn’t feel witchy drinking hot herbal tea? Stir clockwise for your health and vitality.
One Last Note…
If you can only do one of these things or none at all, that is PERFECT. Take care of yourself in whatever ways you can. If all else fails, JUST BREATHE. I wish all of you health and vitality. I pray that all of my readers, oracles and friends stay healthy through this pandemic and hopefully never come in contact with the virus. And if you do, I pray your gods, guides and ancestors protect and heal you!