This past week has felt like it was weeks since things were ‘normal’. It will be weeks and possibly months in this new ‘new normal’. So what do we do to survive and thrive?
Maintaining a good head space takes work. With a little effort we can all maintain a strong spirit. Here are three questions for you to answer to help you hold onto your personal energy.
What will I STOP?
What will I START?
What will I CONTINUE?
(My answers are below. I really hope you read all the way to the bottom!!)
I posted socially today my meditation mantra ….
Breath in to relax my mind
Breath out to relax my body
(Repeat 8x as you breath in and out)
I do this breathing when I’m driving; someone pisses me off. I repeat it to myself when I’m waiting in line. I say it when technology is just not working for me. Immediately my body relaxes and I’m a better version of myself.
If someone told you that in 8 breaths you could be a better version of yourself, wouldn’t you do it?
Overcome fear, anxiety and uncertainty by taking action. Even if that means sweeping the kitchen floor. You must own the day and not let the day own you.
Taking action and moving forward is like being a general in wartime versus a general in peace time. It’s wartime. Fight baby. Fight forward. The best way to move away from FEAR, FLIGHT and FREEZE? You guessed it. ACTION.
Uncertainty breeds the 3Fs above. But when we take action, we are more empowered and less uncertain. When you are empowered, you feel less out of control. When feel more certain, you feel more right in the world.
Choose one action you can take today that will forward your business. Offer VALUE to your customers. SERVE your customers. STOP watching the news and start planting seeds in the future. We love our towns. Celebrate them. Serve your community by telling customers and friends what’s still available and still open. Be the resource that people turn to for recommendations, connections and that person who just knows!
Create your ideal work space. As part of your new routine, schedule the time to sit down and do the work: call, FaceTime, video conference friends and family. Have everything at the ready. Phone, computer, water, notebook, paper, sticky notes. All the stuff you need to help you focus and away from the refrigerator.
The video call is the new means of social connection. Zoom.com allows you to meet with team members, your clients, friends and family for FREE. It’s easy and anyone - even your technology-challenged parent can figure it out with a link you send them to their inbox.
Lastly, write a list of all of the top 10 things that are causing you stress, sadness or worry. Look at that list and separate into 2 lists — on the first list, write all of those things in your CONTROL. On the other list, write the things that are NOT in your CONTROL. We cannot control the virus, stock market, the weather.
Look at the list of what you can control and…get into ACTION. The list of things that need your attention, your time and where you should spend your energy. You may not relieve all of your stress, but some for sure. And if you aren’t sure what to do, ask for help in thinking it through. People love it when you ask for help.
Sending Sunday sunshine your way. Hope to see you soon at an acceptable social distance way.
STOP watching the news
START planning, connecting and reconnecting with people, sleep, better nutrition
CONTINUE exercise, eating healthy, meditate