Finding Your Calm in Uncertain Times
These are challenging times, no doubt. One of my favorite authors, Glennon Doyle always says, WE CAN DO HARD THINGS. And I know this to be true, and I am sure if you are reading this, you know this to be true as well.
This time has required us to change our plans, schedules, routines, and priorities. It amplifies our fears. If we typically have fears about loved ones dying, then this pandemic can amplify that by 10. Or, if we have fears of financial ruin, again this pandemic amplifies that fear. Much of this is due to high stress levels and activated nervous systems.
It is vitally important, now more than ever, to breathe deeply, slow down, and ground ourselves, moment by moment. Some ways to do this is to go into nature and gaze at the trees and sky. Feel the earth beneath your feet. Allow yourself to be held by the earth. Allow yourself to hear your heart beat. Lub, Dub, Lub, Dub.
Also allow yourself to feel all the feelings. If you are scared, name it, acknowledge it, release it. If you are angry, do the same: name it, acknowledge it, release it. Feelings are visitors, they come and go.
We are all human, trying more and more just to be human. Being human is about being honest with where we are in the moment and feeling our feelings. Feelings are simply energy, and if tended to they will change.
This global pandemic is asking so much from us all, but what has amazed me most is all the humanity that is arising out of it. People are being more creative, more present, as well as learning new technology and other things quickly and for the first time. People are re-evaluating what is truly most important in life. It is an opportunity to view life from a different perspective.
Wherever you are today, I invite you to pause, put your hand on your heart, take a deep, slow breath and go inside. Ask yourself what you most need. A good cry? A soak in the bath? A drink of water or some food? Connection with your husband, partner, friends or kids? Allow yourself to ask for what you need. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health.
Lastly, I want to share this great little song I found online via Facebook. Here it is.
Here are the lyrics:
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I am so glad every little cell in my body is happy and well
AND SING OFTEN!