I have found that one of my challenges during this time is keeping my focus. My mind wanders and, at times, cannot hold its attention for very long. It’s not like I busy myself with distractions, rather at various times in the day, I find it challenging to keep my attention on something I want to do (a work project, cleaning the house, cooking, working in the yard). When this happens, I do my best to bring my attention back. I also give myself space. I know we are in a time of uncertainty and transition and that some of my energy is focusing on that. That’s okay. I am finding my new center and until I do, I go easy on myself, to a point.
How is your focus these days?
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The world has changed. We are in a new reality. To come to acceptance, start from the present. Look around at your world to what has changed and what is the same. Identify what you need to live in this world and thrive. If you are having trouble accepting the changes, identify the problem areas and focus on ways to make them easier to accept. For example, if you are working at home and do not like it, look for positives in it, as well as ways to minimize any negative effects.
Some things you may not be able to accept outright, such as the illness or death of a loved one or losing a job. In that case, acceptance comes in coping with what has happened, doing what you can to stay out of fear and allowing your feelings to express themselves. Acceptance will allow you to move on eventually. Resistance keeps you stuck.
Acceptance is freeing and is a process. Once you start moving towards acceptance, life will get better.
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Your point of view greatly influences the way you see the world around you. You have freedom to choose your point of view. Or, it can happen by default – the consequence of your experiences and reactions to those around you.
How do you tell the story of what the world, and you individually, are experiencing right now? Do your story and point of view come from a positive place, a fearful one, a hopeful one or a pessimistic one? Is there anything you would like to change?
You are the storyteller. Your point of view has high impact on your experience of life. Make sure it serves your interests and values.
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1. Take more breaks during the day
2. Let go of anything you can that is currently an energy drain
3. Identify the most significant changes you have experienced this month and adapt to them in positive ways
4. Bring three things into your work day that fuel you
5. Indulge yourself once a day
6. Define what balance is for you now
7. Keep your physical body in shape
8. Stay very aware of what is happening with your emotions and find ways to center them
9. Start a new creative project that excites you
10. Identify the opportunities you have now, that were not available to you at the beginning of the year
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In the past when speaking of creativity and innovation, common advice was to think outside the box. Well now, you are way outside the box. As disorienting as these times may be, they do present opportunities. All you may have to do to find those opportunities is look around .
A way of coping with these times is to recognize that the “normal” that was is pretty much gone. You have a choice to reach back for something that is no longer there, freak out at the change or gradually reorient yourself to a new reality. Within this new reality, you may find ways to pursue your dreams, release things that no longer serve you and take advantage of the open space you have. Things could start looking pretty good to you as you stand outside the box!
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Have you thought about what you can be doing during this pandemic? Here are some questions to answer:
• Is your role an individual one or part of a greater whole?
• Are you focusing locally or on a broader spectrum?
• What needs are evident to you within your immediate surroundings?
• How much time is available for you to take on a new role?
• Where is your heart leading you?
• What first steps can you take?
You have something to give the world in this time of need.
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The ability to discern where you expend your energy is critical now. If you are using all that you have to live and work, you don’t have extra energy for other people’s dramas or demands. You want to do what you need to do to take care of yourself and your loved ones, get your work done and be where you can do the most good.
Are others’ issues or demands encroaching on you or stressing you right now? If your answer is yes, take some time to evaluate what is happening and what you want to do about it. There are ways you can set boundaries without being aggressive or nasty. If you do not have time or energy to answer a demand or to do something, state that clearly and kindly to the people involved.
Knowing what to say no to and what to say yes to will help you maintain balance and function effectively in these times.
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It is unsettling when your work is taken from you or suddenly changed. Your foundation has been broken. There are many ways to react and respond to this. Creating something new is one of the best ways.
Will you look back and yearn for what is gone or surrender to your new circumstances? Perhaps you are working from home for the first time or have little to do. In the midst of fear, anxiety and change you have opportunity.
Creativity comes from within – you have all that you need. Start looking for something new to do in this time of crisis, if you have the luxury of time and space to do it in. If time and space are short, scale down and find something that fits for you.
What dreams have you had in your life that you have not pursued? What skills do you want to develop? What brings you joy? In starting something new, you shift the energy of your life and work. There is light on the horizon to occupy you and guide your way.
What can you start today?
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We have been through a big change. Time now to begin aligning with this new reality. Look at where you are right now. What frequency are you tuned into? Is it one of bewilderment, fear, peace, upset, acclimation, anticipation, seeking or something else? Where do you want to be? Perhaps your answer is that you want to be back where you used to be; however that is no longer possible.
Anxiety and fear will lessen as you bring yourself into the present and figure out how you want to be in this reality. By taking in what is happening, you can choose how to tune yourself into a frequency that works best for you.
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What is your perspective on structure? Do you see it as necessary or confining? Some level of structure, no matter how you view it, can be very helpful in these times. Many structures we once knew are no longer available now – common workspaces, means of transportation, human interactions, brick and mortar stores. Major adjustments are being asked of you.
Structure provides balance and stability in times like these. It can be flexible or rigid or in-between. It’s up to you. With some structure you can thrive in any environment. Create a structure that gets you through your work and life. Address time, project demands, things that may hamper what you can get done and the resources available to you. Let structure be part of your success!
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