These are uncertain and challenging times for sure, and no-one knows how this is all going to work out BUT if you are willing to go beyond the fear and chaos there is an opportunity for you to thrive nonetheless.
Creating consistency and certainty for yourself has never been more important than now, and one of the most effective tools I know to give a sense of control and flow is creating daily structures that support and nourish you.
Creating Daily Structures
We all need some type of structure in our lives, and right now our familiar routines have been dismantled completely over a very short period of time leaving us feeling disorientated and chaotic.
It is vital that you now begin to create structures for yourself in order to have some sense of control and flow to each day. These daily touchstones will be the difference between you surviving or thriving during this time.
This does not have to be super complicated, and here are some important tips to get you started
1. Morning Meditation
Meditation is an extraordinary tool in managing your energy and your focus, and doing it first thing in the morning before you do ANYTHING else allows you to go into the day calm and stable before any of the incoming demands of family life, business life, and just life in general.
There are some incredible resources out there for meditation, one of my absolute favourites is https://insighttimer.com/
2. Evening Appreciation
Ending each day by intentionally focusing on the things that we have a genuine sense of appreciation for is especially transformational in times like these. Everywhere we look we are seeing sadness, loss, fear and pain and if we are to sustain ourselves, we must be willing to look for the evidence of something else. Writing an appreciation list each night will bring you back to a general state of wellbeing before you go to sleep and will connect you back to yourself. You need that.
So, get yourself a really beautiful notebook, put it right next to your bed, and just before you go to sleep spend a few minutes focusing on the goodness of the day.
3. Regular Social Media Detox
You will absolutely not get through this in a balanced state of mind if you are just allowing constant incoming from social media and the news. You will need to protect your mind and your energy RADICALLY right now, so be aware of what you are taking in, and for how long. If you really do have to be on social media, and if you really must check the news, please, please be conscious about your habits and only allow yourself a specific amount of time each day to go in and check/watch whatever you feel you need to and then, GET OFF.
4. Get Outside
A recent study carried out showed that there was a scientifically proven significant increase in people’s health and happiness when they are in connection to nature and boy do we really need that right now, so when you are creating your daily structures make sure that you include regular nature breaks for your happiness, sanity, and your nervous system!
5. Allow Laughter & Lightness
Laughter is a powerful medicine for overwhelm, worry, irritability, uncertainty and fear, so I urge you to actively seek and allow humour and lightness each and every day.
6. Stay Connected
We may not be able to physically see one another in some cases, but human connection and community are fundamental to us all. Make time in daily structures to connect in with friends and family. Organise a weekly Skype, Zoom or Facetime call with friends and loved ones. Knowing that you have that regular time and space to communicate will sustain you and bring a sense of normalcy at a very abnormal time.
7. Cultivate Radical Compassion & Understanding
We are going to need compassion and understanding for ourselves and others in spades because this is going to stretch us all and ultimately, we are all only doing our best at a time when things are feeling REAL scary.
The key here is to create daily structures that sustain and nurture you and help you to keep your head even if all around is losing theirs.
YOU CAN DO THIS.