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I've spoken to a lot of women who are absolutely exhausted. And actually, I am too...
From navigating our way through the uncertainty of information, from sleepless nights of worry, from having to adapt to new work / child care / home school arrangements. It is no wonder we feel exhausted with so much change!
We are still juggling LIFE, but our life has been compacted down to four walls and a daily walk! To stay healthy and remain safe we are being forced to find a "new normal".
Those lucky enough to still have work are extremely grateful, but are telling me they feel more drained from this new "work from home" environment than ever before!
Why is that? Isn't home where we love to be?
Well, not everyone.
My clients are telling me they are actually missing getting up and getting dressed for work. Missing having somewhere to rush to, driving to work and stopping at their favourite coffee shop. Morning chats with people in the office.
Are you too?
I went for a drive the other day to the post office. I was so excited to get out of the house going for a drive it reminded me of how excited my dog gets when she gets to hang her head out the window on car rides! (LOL!).
I guess the biggest take away from this whole experience is that the little things matter. Those simple daily activities we take for granted.
The truth is humans thrive on routine.
When we wake up and it's ground-hog day and our only plan for the day is to move from our bed, to the kitchen, then to the couch... this actually drains our energy. We aren't using our brain, we aren't motivated or setting ourselves up for productivity.
1) Right now the best thing you can do for your mental health and your energy is to get into some sort of routine.
For me, my morning routine is my saving grace (10mins each = meditation, journalling, yoga). Up before anyone else in the house is awake. 30 minutes of me time.
You have to find what works best for you.
A pocket of time to set yourself up for a good day. A morning walk, reading a chapter of an inspiring book or maybe you drink some warm water with lemon? (I would not recommend as part of your routine you watch the news or pick up your phone to scroll social media! lol)
THEN, you begin your day :)
2) Book in a couple things (activities, chats with friends, online fitness classes) EACH WEEK s o that you have SOMETHING to look forward to! Something for yourself, an activity that is JUST FOR YOU.
I recently booked in a weekly morning meditation class, and a yoga class. Both are online and with teachers that I love. Both fill my cup with joy at the prospect of seeing this people each week. The cost was minimal, they are also so happy to have work. I've committed to 4 weeks at a time. The benefit of knowing I have "somewhere to be" for me has been is HUGE!
3) If you are still blessed to be working, but are struggling with the new "work from home" scenario then today I am going to share 7 tips to help you recoup some of your energy.
Watch here (or click below)
I hope you find a couple ideas to help you recoup some of your energy!
Stay healthy + take care
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A lot of people were battling in 2019, it felt like... "how could it ever get any worse that this?". People I spoke with lived in hope that the dawn of a new decade would be a fresh start, and exactly what was needed...
And yet, the first quarter of 2020 totally blind-sided all of us.
First, the bush-fire crisis and now the spread of COVID-19 has left us grasping for answers. What the hell?
Our will is being tested as we look our deepest fears directly in the eye and are being asked to put on a show of courage and strength like never seen before.
I've seen humanity come together in one breath to help raise funds for our hard hit communities, and then shattered and divided apart over the simple necessity of Toilet Paper, in the next breath.
Sadly, I've seen more relationships falter in the first 3 months of 2020 than in the last 10 years. Stress and anxiety is at an all time high as WE ALL grapple with uncertainty.
Why is this happening? What does it all mean? Will we be ok? How will we get through this?
I don't own a crystal ball, but I can tell you I am almost certain that nothing will ever be the same... and I think you feel it too.
Life will change, because that is how evolution works.
The way we live, and work, and school has already had to shift, adapt, pivot. You will change through this experience. We all will. But, change in my view of the world.... isn't always such a bad thing.
It is 100% how you ride the wave of change that will determine your experience.
“The only constant in life is change”- Heraclitus
Yes, this moment in time is NOT pleasant. And I repeat NOT.
I am exhausted (like I am sure you are too) juggling the external world changes, finding ways to still work while keeping my son entertained. If you've lost work no doubt the added financial stress and limited opportunities now feel overwhelming too. With that ever constant nagging at the back of my mind - do we have enough toilet paper, and food??
We would all just love to know - how long is this thing going to go on for? Because then, we could make a plan right? We could map out the future.
The lack of control of the outcome, is what gives us that anxious feeling. Nothing is for certain. So, how am I working to calm the waters of my mind?
I am focusing on the 10 things I've worked out that I can control:
I hope these ideas help you find some clarity in uncertain times too.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones!
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