The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many levels of uncertainly and fear into our lives. Here are a few tools to support you through this time.
- ACKNOWLEDGE AND EMBRACE THE CHANGE. What is the gift in this moment?
Our known reality has been turned upside down and human conditioning is to attempt to control ‘the now’ by filling our lives by how it was and how we assume it should be. It’s when we acknowledge and embrace the change that we permit ourselves to be present to receive the many gifts that we are gaining during this time.
EXERCISE: Write a list of all the busyness things that filled your life ‘back in the day’. Then reflect on those you have hung onto and those that you have let go of during this time. The ones you have let go of are often the ones that have provided unnecessary clutter. Then reflect on - ‘ What will I hold onto and what will I let go of as I step into tomorrow?’
PRACTICE: Every time you feel that you are being unproductive, or that you should be doing something else, take a deep breath and ask, ‘What is the gift in this moment?’
- CHALLENGE YOUR PERCEPTIONS. What is THE truth vs. What is MY truth?
No matter how vigilant we are, news and emotional clutter will still sneak into our world and fear monsters of all shapes and sizes will continue to raise their heads and demand attention.
When receiving information, be it from an external source or from your internal emotional compass, ask yourself: What is THE truth vs. What is MY truth? ‘MY truth’ is my perception and interpretation of ‘THE truth’ and at this stage, both of these may seem rather murky. What is ‘THE truth’ anyway? How reliable is the source? How is ‘MY truth’ seeing it all? How true am I being to MYSELF during this time?
EXERCISE: A game to play to strengthen this truth-muscle is to describe an object to someone. Then reflect on how much of your description is ‘THE truth’ and how much is ‘MY truth’. E.g. ‘This is an orange’ (THE Truth), ‘The orange is round’ (it is really round? MY Truth), ‘It is has a damaged skin’ (is the skin really ‘damaged’ MY truth) vs. ‘There are some deep grooves on its skin’ (THE truth). Some food for thought?
PRACTICE: Begin to view your engagement with life from a place of curiosity. What is THE Truth vs. What is MY Truth?
- DECLUTTER SOCIAL MEDIA. What is the ONE thing I can let go of today?
Our engagement with social media is what creates the stories in our heads and this then impacts our behaviour. We have no control over the news, but we do have the power to choose how we engage with it and how we respond to it.
EXERCISE: Write a list of all the social media newsfeeds you are currently following and of these choose a maximum of two that you trust. Now delete all the rest and commit to checking ONLY these two platforms once a day. There will always be more news and more horror stories, but this does not serve us.
PRACTICE: Removing clutter (social media and more!) from your life. Ask ‘What is the ONE thing I can let go of today?’, then say, in Marie Kondo style ‘Thank you for serving me’ and let it go!
- MAINTAIN AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. What am I grateful for today?
What a bittersweet wake-up slap Covid-19 has given us, as it is through these uncomfortable times that we are forced to reflect on the small things we have taken for granted in the past.
EXERCISE: Invest in a beautiful ‘Gratitude Journal’ and each day, write a list of 10 things you are grateful for. It may seem impossible at first, but once you start you will be surprised at how those small things jump out at you.
PRACTICE: When you find yourself feeling down, or slipping into negativity, ask ‘What am I grateful for?’
- BE A ROLE MODEL. Who am I being in this moment?
The one thing you have control over is how you show up each day. Make a conscious choice to be a role model for others during this time.
EXERCISE: Spend some time reflecting on how you can be your best self today. How do you need to listen and respond to people? How can you engage with life? How can you ‘show up’ daily?
PRACTICE: Throughout your day check in on yourself and ask ‘Who am I being in this moment?
‘And as we let our own lights shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same’ — Marianne Williamson
Lean into the uncomfortable and embrace the journey.
With love and gratitude,