How are you doing right now, friend? I’m sending love, positive thoughts and virtual hugs your way! Despite the uncertainty and unknowns, we, as a global community, are experiencing there is always hope for a brighter future. Ultimately, it’s where we choose to go from here, as we sit in the thick of the mess, that will help determine our paths moving forward.
Friend, you are not alone. To be honest, I’m an introvert at heart. Being holed up in our house, finding in-home activities to distract myself isn’t much of a stretch. I know that’s not the case for everyone, and I’m here to serve you. We have the power to make the most of the situation we’re in. Survive and thrive in this “new normal” by incorporating a few tools. I’ve been using these tools to stay sane, centered and inspired.
What I’ve loved about these past few weeks is witnessing the adaptability of people! We have the power within us to shift, change and do remarkable things when we are pushed. When this is over, imagine you no longer had to push yourself to stay connected with your mindset, the activities and practices that make you happy. Imagine you found a sense of peace and happiness within you so you no longer depended on scrolling Instagram, cable channels or mindlessly multitasking. Imagine that you could just be and feel a sense of happiness in being alive. What would that world be like?
My wish for you in the days ahead is to take these ideas and make them your own. Feel a strong sense of peace in your home space, and more importantly, within yourself – your true home. Here are tips on tuning into this new normal in our homes, leaning into the uncomfortableness that home quarantine may be presenting you right now and embracing the power within to shift and refocus.
There’s frantic energy surrounding us right now whether we are watching the news, job hunting again or feeling the financial and emotional strain of so many unknowns. It’s incredibly important to feel into how these emotions are manifesting. For me, anytime I feel stressed or emotionally drained it shows up in the form of sore throats, and I’ve quite a few of those lately. During these times of stress and strain it’s important to stay grounded. One of the ways I’ve been able to do this is through regular meditation; focusing on my breath. Balancing the frantic energy with calm energy can help center you and provide relief. This past week, I’ve gotten back into my morning meditation routine to set the tone for my day by reconnecting with myself before logging online or starting any type of work. There have also been days where I meditate and refocus through midday meditation using my trusty Insight Timer app. Dane and I listen to sleep meditations nearly every night before we go to bed. It helps calm our minds and slow our breath to easily and effortlessly fall asleep. Regular meditation is a magical tool that helps calm your mind and process your emotions and is a tool to help control the ebb and flow of life.
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a self-care junkie. I’m a believer that the more we slow down and connect with ourselves, the more powerful we become in guiding ourselves through trying times. Most people associate self-care with a bubble bath, getting a massage, doing yoga, and going to the spa. The beauty of practicing self-care is that it can look different for each one of us. For some, self-care is journaling, cuddling on the couch with your dog/cat, reading, painting, baking, cooking, swimming, going on a walk, going to see a movie, listening to your favorite record, going out to dinner, or even getting that tattoo you’ve wanted. Self-care is also asking for help, resting, talking to someone about your worries or successes. If it’s tending to the state of your body, mind and soul, it’s self-care. Before engaging in self-care, disengage from technology (unless, of course, self-care means connecting to an on-line therapist or having FaceTime with someone to talk). Log out of social media, turn off the news, put down your phone. Take time to be fully present. It’s amazing how often we distract ourselves from what we say we want to do to by mindlessly scrolling the internet on our phones. This is your time to practice what it means to slow down and be fully present in your own life. Be still. Use all five senses. Be present in your self-care routine.
Time. It’s a commodity we seem to have a lot of right now. That won’t always be the case. Enjoy this time and try something new! Think back a few weeks ago, before self-quarantine. Remember those days? What hobbies were you interested in trying? What was calling to you? Were you thinking about starting a new business? Switching careers? Learning a new language? There’s no time like the present to show up for your creative self. Embrace and lean into the time you’ve been given to create. And always remember, I’m here to help!
“Hygge” is a Norwegian word that means mood or sense of comfort and coziness in the home or particular setting/space. These countries endure long, dark winters, so creating home environments with a sense of wellness and contentment is important. Practice hygge by decluttering and cleaning up your home to enhance the feeling of ease and wellness. Perhaps cleaning, decluttering and downsizing will allow you the physical and emotional space to hang a piece of artwork you’ve had sitting in its packaging for the past few months or repaint the bedroom walls.
Sometimes we are over connected by technology. Contrarily, I’ve been absolutely loving technology during home quarantine time. Screen time with friends, family and peers, through applications like Zoom, connects me to my tribe when I can’t connect, physically in person. Maybe you’ve been struggling to accomplish something in your life, career or business, because you’re afraid to go all in. If this struggle has you considering working with a coach, this is a great time to pull the trigger. I can connect with anyone in the world, virtually!
Great news! I offer a 90-minute Coaching Consults designed to help you work through a decision or crossroad. Coaching Consults are an opportunity to receive inspiration and support around a specific area of your life that you want to change or improve, and short-term accountability to start something important. As your coach during this one-time session, I will act as a sounding board for what you’re currently experiencing, feeling or struggling with.
– Making a decision on a particular career or path of study
– Receiving clear and actionable guidance on your journey
– Creating next steps for personal exploration in your life, career or business
Are you ready to refocus on the things you can control in your life? Great! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “90-Minute Coaching Consultation.” I will respond with availability, an invoice for the one-time fee ($98.00), and my Pre-Coaching Consultation Questionnaire. Please complete and return this at least 48-hours prior to our scheduled session. It helps me get to know you so we can make the most of our time together. I’m so excited to serve you and see what we can create together!