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If you've been struggling (like me) to make sense of what's happening in the world and get a better sense of how to navigate it all, then the worksheet below will come in very handy.
The last couple of weeks have definitely been very 'interesting for me'. I've been through some funny ups and downs, trying to understand this new norm that has left us all feeling so helpless. And this is why I've been putting out so much content with helpful resources to stay calm and find resilience - as I've been trying to tap into those myself.
Anyway, it wasn't until a couple of days ago when I watched a video about the 'five stages of grief' that I understood a little better what I was feeling (and still am).
And so I thought I'd make some graphics (see worksheet below) to help illustrate this idea. Now you can check for yourself whether you are also feeling this way and maybe going through this 'mass grieving process' that so many of us seem to be experiencing.
Letting go of what was and welcoming what is can be a tricky process. Hopefully understanding the emotions and stages that lie behind this (as per the graphics below) might give you a sense of hope in this journey.
Yes you get to give yourself permission to do what you need to feel calmer, lighter and better.
The better you feel, the better all those around you will feel, because we emit the energy that we carry. How many times have you walked into a room and immediately felt the tension? You probably run out wishing you'd never walked in there.
Now, you can be the beacon for a different kind of energy and vibe. You can help others feel lighter without having to do anything for them. Simply do something for yourself that lights you up.
Taking action towards our personal wellbeing and sanity is a great thing. It puts us in a better state of mind, it fuels us and regenerates us and everyone benefits from the effects.
I know life feels complicated right now, but I invite you for 5 or 10 mins (or more, if you can) to do something for yourself. Something that will put a smile on your face and then take a moment to acknowledge how you feel. I promise you, it makes a difference.
Our physiology changes depending on the activity we are engaging in and the thoughts we are entertaining. So challenge yourself today - 5 to 10 mins of something that is just for you. Go on, why not?
And then it would be great if you could share what you did and how you felt - using the comments box below.
We may not have control over our outside circumstances but we do have a choice about how we respond to them. In this blog and upcoming posts I am sharing some easy to access tools to help you (and me) navigate through these tricky times.
1. Try out these great meditations and breathing exercises from the Heartmath Institute:
2. Listen to Elizabeth Gilbert's awesome words of wisdom in her most recent TED talk
3. Join Deepak Chopra and Oprah's 21 day meditation experience
4. Connect and have fun with your friends
THE SANITY KIT
Carefully selected links to help you stay sane during these difficult times.
"Everything can be taken from us but one thing:
the freedom to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances"
~ Viktor Frankl
3 steps for reclaiming your day
BY CAROLINA HERRERA
Practical strategies to help you get out of autopilot and live a more mindful and purposeful day.
Do you sometimes get to the end of the day and wonder: “where did the day go?” You look back at everything that happened but nothing seems to stand out. And if someone asked you what you got up to, you'd struggle to even come up with two things you did.
I think we’ve all felt like this at some point. This is a common symptom of our 24/7 lifestyles and a clear sign that autopilot has taken over.
See, our trusted friend autopilot comes with us wherever we go. It helps us streamline our lives so we can preserve energy for the things that matter! Like… running away from vicious predators out in the wild.
Well, at least that’s what it thinks it needs to do thanks to our inherited survival instincts. But, most of us aren't out in the wild hunting for food and living in caves anymore. So, we can now choose to channel our energy reserves into more productive activities.
And this is exactly what you’ll be able to do by following the three steps below. They will help you reclaim your day; leave autopilot aside and set yourself up for a more meaningful day.
Moving in the direction of your dreams is not always going to be easy and you're probably going to encounter resistance from your friends, your family and most likely yourself!. But Brian says that's OK. Take this as a sign of true growth and embrace being the odd one out in the room.
HOW TO CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT
Watch Dr Joe Dispenza explain how we can all use our mind to heal our bodies and create the life we've always wanted. This episode of the Lewis Howes show blew my mind!. What do you think? Do you think it's really possible?
YOU ARE ENOUGH
Everyone needs to watch this. Such a wonderful reminder - that yes, we really are enough!
Watching this helpful video by Marisa will give you the confidence to say:
I choose to do ...
I choose to feel great about doing ....
And I am enough
Simple but incredibly powerful phrases that will crush those insecurities.
It's time to live your legend
• Today, I give myself permission to...
• Finding calm and building resilience.
The SANITY kit
• What's underneath your mask.
• Putting mum guilt in its place.
• Strategies for sticking with online learning.
• Multitasking vs. Single tasking.
• How to find your way back to work.
• 4 top tips for reclaiming your morning routine.
• How to become successful in 8 steps.