How to Get Through These Trying Times
We wanted to share some tools with you, trusting that using one or more of these "Meaningful M's" each day (or most days) will inspire you to THRIVE through this global experience and beyond.
And... you're likely doing one or two of these already, yes? If so, you're awesome. Try to keep using them, OK? If you're not doing any of them, until now, as you're reading keep an eye out for which one you're likely to respond to and try to incorporate it into your day.
Yes, it's possible to get through these trying times with grace and gratitude. We know these tools will help you do so, so read on!
In no particular order, here are our 7 Meaningful M's.
Inspired by the work of Mel Robbins, this is a practice that we try to create each morning. Take time each morning for your Self, before reading emails and FB or watching the news. Take 15-20 minutes (or longer) connecting with your Self in prayer, meditation, journaling, or just sitting quietly in a chair connecting with your breath and your Self. This is a free, simple (but not always easy) way to start your day.
Oh, my goodness! It's so easy to just sit there, isn't it? To sit in a chair with your phone, or lay in bed with a book and just be sedentary, right? Yet a few moments of movement will help elevate your mood, get the oxygen flowing and help you feel better. Can you spend 15 minutes a day (or longer) moving your body? Perhaps just stretching, or touching your toes or doing jumping jacks or running in place? It's essential to stay well. It's only hard the first minute. After that, you won't want to stop.
There is much evidence on the benefits of meditation, including reducing stress, anxiety, enhancing self-awareness, reducing memory loss, developing willpower and fighting addictions. Can you incorporate this into your morning or nightly practice?
We know that there's a lot that you're trying to manage right now, and the one area that we'd love to encourage you to spend extra time on is this: learning to manage your thoughts. What are you thinking about your Self, your world, your health? What are you telling your Self these days?
In our recent 'Corona Coffee Talk