There is no doubt that this moment in time is a turning point, both globally and individually.
When everything around us is feeling out of control and chaotic, how can you quieten the storm within? The news is full of fear and uncertainty, peoples’ behaviour is questionable at best and buying groceries is a mammoth task.
This week I wanted to share my personal message for you in this video. I am thinking of you.
Now is the time to go internal, to quieten the noise around us and process what’s going on. I’ve been spending time being mindful of what serves me and what doesn’t. I encourage you to do the same – to be careful of what you allow into your space right now, as this is something that you can control.
How much media are you watching? Media uses emotionally laden language which can trigger us into polarised thinking. If you notice yourself doing this it means the reptilian part of the brain is driving your behaviour. ie Fight or flight. This heightened state of emotion is not healthy for sustained periods of time.
What kind of conversations are you having or listening in on? Are these conversations uplifting and positive? Or do they serve to fuel the anxiety of what is happening?
This is not to say that we have to try and omit all negativity from our lives entirely. We still need to process and embody our emotions so that we can learn how to experience, feel and express our emotions in a regulated way. I have a great resource on this topic that I will upload to my website soon.
With this in mind, here are a few practical tips on making it through these challenging times with a renewed sense of purpose.
Find something you can ground yourself in
Getting out in nature is a beautiful way to ground yourself. A brisk walk around the block will help with a sense of perspective. Also finding something you believe in that will give you hope such as faith, religion, prayer or meditation.
Channel the anxiety
In time of unknown, channel some of your anxiety/stress into creating a positive change. This week I cleaned out our home office to make it more conducive for our kids’ home learning.
Yes, these are challenging times for us all, but accepting the situation will allow us to let go of the stuff that just does not serve us. It doesn’t mean that we have to agree with what is happening! But acceptance creates more space for ourselves, so we can more easily start to feel more at peace, or create that sense of peace.
Focus on your emotions
Right now there is a greater need for processing, grounding and clearing our emotional highways. We be even more conscious of practising meditation, breath work, writing, movement or whatever it is that helps us feel and shift our emotions.
Use the situation to set new intentions
Now is a powerful time for setting intentions. It can give you perspective into what is important in your life, what matters and how you wish to see the future.
There is a lot for us to process and many other people in our lives are feeling the same way. Give yourself the space and time. Your future self will thank you for it.