Many of us are experiencing big transitions as a result of the pandemic.
Whether it’s a cross-country move like I’ve partaken to be close to my family, loss of a job or assumption of more responsibilities, financial strain, family communication issues, or stepping up to new opportunities… adapting to change is stressful.
In addition, even if we’re handling our own lives well enough, the stress of others affects us. For instance, the way our friends and families communicate, the tone of our place of work and our co-workers, what we see on tv and the news, and how well our politicians work together (or not) to achieve our common goals.
In other words, we’re all affected by the heightened stress happening right now.
We need stress to evolve, however, how we relate with stress makes all the difference.
When you’re stressed do you tend to shut down your emotions to focus on other things?
Do you harden yourself so that you can push to make it through?
Shutting down emotions is natural in emergencies when quick decisions are needed. But in difficult times you can build resilience as you breathe and sense your body in the present moment. This practice of giving yourself attention helps to build self-awareness. Instead of reacting to stressful situations, you can land in a more clear place and make better decisions.
How do I suggest you do this? Try this…
Give Yourself Attention
- Let time slow down for the space of three breaths.
- Bring your attention inward and sense your body.
- Notice how your breath affects your body.
- Exhale for a count of 5.
- Inhale for a count of 5.
- Do this for 3 cycles of breath.
Then notice how you feel. Has anything changed?
It can be this simple to give your mind and body space to rest. This space allows you to focus on what you can do and let go of the rest.
Can your body and mind relax enough to receive the nourishment you need to be healthy?
My answer to this used to be no.
I moved to Colorado in 2008 to learn some new ways. Working with others in dedicated healing communities for 13 years has honed my skills to manage stress. I notice when my nervous system constricts with agitation and fear. I know the pain that guarding causes in my mind and body. And I know how good it is when my mind and body work together to solve problems creatively and I can remember the goodness of life.
I have so much to share with you!
If you’re anywhere else, I offer sessions online… Reach out and let’s see how I can help you.