Treats

Yes, it is the season of treats and they are especially appropriate in these times. Are you taking good care of yourself? Are you giving yourself extra treats to counter the stress you are experiencing?

Identify some things that bring you joy and treat yourself often and heartily!

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What’s Rising In Importance For You?

I am finding I have new needs and preferences lately that are a result of the changes I am experiencing in my life and work. There is a small lake near my home that I had been to only once before this year. Since last spring, the lake has become an essential weekly outing for me. Going there restores me and gives me a much welcome change of scene – since so much of my life is now centered around home.

How about you? Are there new elements or practices in your life that have risen in importance to your balance and well-being this year?

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Be Festive

As the holiday season approaches, allow yourself to be festive. Balance the challenges and disappointments of this year with joy. Create an intention to enjoy yourself throughout the holidays – better than you ever have before. Although there may be limitations and this year will be different than previous years, you can still find fun and laughter in new places. Be creative and intentional. Be kind to yourself. Have a good time!

 

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Cracking Open

Sometimes, you can feel like you are cracking open. Stress, change or unsettling events can be the cause. It is not a comfortable place to be. The nature of the occurrence and how you view it makes a big difference in how you experience it.

Cracking open can be a crisis leading to tragedy or opportunity. It can be a release of the old to make room for the new or an indication that there is something very wrong in your life. Or, it can be the start of a transformation.

Whenever you begin to feel like you are cracking open, find your way back to center. Observe what is happening and treat yourself with kindness. Handle it in the best way you can. It could be the beginning of a wonderful time for you.

 

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Are You Feeling The Pressure?

The challenges of this time seem to not be going away. You may have thought that they would be around for a short time and then you could return to normal. It’s not looking that way. Actually, the pressure seems to be mounting.

How do you deal with remote work, kids schooling from home, social distancing, health risks and scares and other restrictions? How your life has changed? The path ahead is uncharted and that means you find your own way. Do the best you can. Be kind to yourself and believe that you will find a way. Keep your eye out for silver linings and new opportunities that will help make this a positive time for you.

 

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Waiting

A friend wrote me today saying she was anxious to see what the “new normal” will be. We certainly are at an in-between stage now, where the old is fading and the new is not fully here. That is not necessarily a comfortable place to be. How are you coping with it?

As always, being in the present moment is a good place to be. It also can help to take a day at a time, setting achievable goals and intentions. And best to adjust your expectations, by recognizing that uncertainty surrounds us.

Let’s hope the new normal begins to unfold. Until then, do the best you can. You’ll get through this!

 

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Enough

Sometimes you have to create some space around you. Walls crowd in and it is all too much. Pressures, people, demands, dissonance and missteps take their toll.

Creating space around you allows you to breathe. You can reorient, calm down and regain perspective. The next time you have had enough, find some space to regroup in. You won’t regret it!

 

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Frustration Can Take You For A Ride

Frustration is an intense emotion. When other emotions are on the rise at the same time, frustration can easily get out of hand. As the amount of stress you are under compounds, carefully watch what is happening with your frustration level. Frustration can take you to destructive places that do not serve you.

Managing your frustration, especially in times of elevated stress is a key element of emotional intelligence. Protect yourself, learn to quiet your frustration when you need to and you’ll avoid some bumpy rides.

 

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Keeping It All In Mind

I do not need to remind you that there is a lot going on in your life and work these days. Life can go up and down many times in the course of just one day. New challenges abound and the unknown is ever-present. How do you survive it? One way is to stay grounded in the present moment. Part of doing this is to keep in mind all that is impacting you now. Not every detail, but enough to give yourself a break when you need to. These are stressful times. Be kind to yourself, adjust your expectations and be real.

 

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Account For What’s New

It may be an interesting exercise to take a moment to account for what is new in your life and work this year. It has been a tumultuous year of change. Taking stock can ground you and help you set your future direction. Are the new things in your life welcome or unwelcome? How are you acclimating to them? Do you want to eliminate anything – can you? How are you doing adjusting to what’s new?

Having new things enter your life can be challenging, but also exciting. Make the most of what’s new in your life and work to maximize the benefits and momentum they can provide.

 

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