Hello World.

Have any of you been presently experiencing life at several (excuse my language) WTF’s per hour?

Lately I’ve been feeling all of the feels. Between a global pandemic and now experiencing a worldwide revolution each one of our lives has changed drastically in a rapid timespan. I can hardly articulate my words to effectively describe the series of unfortunate events each person in the world is in some way experiencing. Overwhelm. Fear. Anxiety. Stress. Mad. Sad. Hopeful. (Whatever it may be, this is a supportive reminder that your feelings are valid.) The list goes on. Because of this, I have felt a disconnect with writing because I truly just don’t know what to say. While I cannot speak for others, I can speak for myself when I say I’m hopeful that the outcome of what we have been experiencing will only bring some form of positivity and change at the end of all of this. I truly believe that while we may not be able to identify what the reason is yet, everything happens for a reason. While I’ve been trying to brainstorm what my current role should be to impact the world in a positive way, I know that I cannot properly address the issues going on without the background knowledge many of my peers, influencers or the true leaders who have recently stepped up will have.

What I do have, is years of practice dealing with feelings of anxiety and emotions (where are my fellow empaths?) along with a toolbox full of tips that I can share to encourage others to deal with their feelings in a constructive, healthy, gentle and positive way.

  • Water. Drink it, look at it, soak in it. Water has been proven to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety along with increase feelings of relaxation with its natural calming properties.
  • Nature + sunshine. Go outside, bask in the sun, breath in fresh air. Your body will naturally increase it’s levels of vitamin D (a vitamin sourced from the sun) and serotonin (an important chemical produced in our body) that will regulate your mood and overall sense of well-being.
  • Clean. While many of our brains feel cluttered with the amount of information we are absorbing right now the last thing we need is a cluttered environment. Studies show that a de-cluttered, tidy and clean home will allow us to rest, recharge and improve our focus in our every day lives.
  • Disconnect to reconnect. While I advocate for staying informed on current events, I encourage you to spend more of your time disconnecting from technology. Have you ever checked your daily average screen time on your phone? I was shocked to see how many hours I was spending mindlessly scrolling my feed. I realized that I was not effectively using my time to focus on my goals, priorities or being present in the moment with people I care about.
  • Talk to people. Never underestimate the power of an intentional conversation. Call, FaceTime or visit someone close to you. While many people claim to be personal or feel more comfortable keeping their thoughts/feelings to themselves, it’s not healthy to bottle up your emotions (male or female)! While we all deal with our feelings differently, I can guarantee you that having an open conversation with someone close to you will bring you some form of comfort and relief that you didn’t know you needed!
  • Move your body. Walk your dog, run, practice yoga, lift weights, swim, dance, play with your kids. Whatever it may be, get moving every day. It doesn’t have to be intense and it shouldn’t be a chore, it just has to be something! Exercise will release serotonin (the same chemical developed from sunshine) and your endorphins! Both of these reduce stress and other symptoms related to anxiety or depression!
  • Self-reflect. Journal, practice meditation, use daily affirmation cards. Whatever it may be, take time each day to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. I never realized how big of an impact, taking a small 5 minutes of each morning to practice self-reflection would impact my perspective on life.
  • Sleep. Sometimes anxiety can cause lack of sleep and other times lack of sleep can cause anxiety. It’s important for adults to get 7-9 quality hours of sleep each night. A good nights sleep will improve your well-being and help reduce feelings of anxiety!
  • Prioritize/learn to say no. “Whatever is on your plate is there because you said yes to it.” When you’re feeling overwhelmed, prioritize what your needs vs. wants are. Of course, we want to say yes to everything…but it’s important to decide what we need to get done. Anxiety can stem from having too much on our plates, by learning to say no we are minimizing our responsibilities to what is a priority at the time.

After reading the list of coping mechanisms I have created, I want to call your attention to two key points- both are free and both will benefit your overall sense of well-being throughout these unprecedented times. Please take into consideration using some of these tips and please take care of yourselves!

Today’s Mantra: “Be the energy you want to attract.”

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