There is a lot going on now that can derail your focus. For just that reason, distraction is more dangerous now. The world is unsettled, risks are higher, much is unfamiliar and people are on edge. If you allow yourself to drift away from the present moment all these factors can make it an unpleasant experience – much more so than under less chaotic conditions.
The antidote is focus, structure and self-nurturing when you need it. You can make the most of this time by understanding what is going on and keeping yourself in the center of the road.
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Truth is, there is little certainty about what the months ahead will bring. It takes skill and focus to face the unknown and not totally lose your center. How are you doing these days? As you face the next few months, have you thought much about uncertainty and how to proceed with your life and work? It’s worth your time and can make a significant difference in how you experience the times ahead.
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There are lots of ups and downs in life and work these days. Keeping your center is more challenging than ever. It is also more important than ever. Here are a few tips for creating inner peace in these times:
• Make space for quiet time alone each day, even if just for 15 minutes.
• Identify the energy drains in your life and, as best you can, eliminate or reduce them.
• Identify three things that fuel you and make you happy and bring them into your life on a regular basis.
• Find a “context” for the chaos in the world that allows you to have some optimism.
• Don’t let yourself go down “rabbit holes” such as news, surfing the internet or negative thinking.
• Find a way to serve humanity that makes life better for one or more persons.
Inner peace is possible if you work at it. Start now and you’ll soon see a positive difference in your life and work.
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There are a range of experiences you can have in the situation these days: being on the front lines of response, dealing with illness, staying at home or something in-between. Do you find yourself reacting to these changes by feeling uncertain and anxious? That’s natural, when you are out of your comfort zone.
A lot has changed and you are facing a high level of unknowns. Fear is palpable and what the future will look like is anyone’s guess. To cope with these changes staying as centered as possible is essential. Find your new center amidst it all and create ways to get back there when things distract you. Maintaining focus helps as well. Create times of the day when you focus on certain things and stick with them. Allow that you may get distracted more than usual, but don’t let distraction take hold for too long. Manage your expectations as well. Keep them reasonable and nurturing.
You will get through this. Stay steady and our new normal will gradually emerge. Be well!
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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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We’re in a different space now. All of us are adjusting. In times of change, it is good to check in with yourself periodically to assess how you are doing. Why? Because there are no routines or set paths. What was is not always relevant. Stress and anxiety are present.
Answer a few questions. What is important to you now in your life and work? What is in your best interest to do? What are the things that can dishearten or stress you? What makes you feel better? What must you get done? Once you have these answers, you can create a way to check in with yourself periodically and when you find yourself losing your center. After your check in, you can course-correct and get yourself back to center.
Checking in will help you set a new path that works for you and move you forward in the direction you want to go.
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As things change around you, re-centering is called for. The center you had no longer applies. What can you do? Look around. What are the elements and energies of your life and work now? What is called for to settle into this new world you find yourself in?
Take some time to reassess your circumstances. Use your brain to find what you need to regain your center. Nurture yourself. Don’t get stuck or move into fear. There is no need for that. You have agency. You are strong. You can get yourself through this.
For those who are interested, the CALM app has made a series of music pieces, meditations, sleep stories and practices to find ease available for free to all of us. You can check it out here
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Centering fully in the present moment is a powerful way to assure your holidays are enjoyable and to minimize your stress. There is so much pulling on you – social invites, work, family and friends, preparation and increased demands on your time and your emotions. Here are a few ways to center and keep your holidays fun and rewarding.
1. Promise yourself alone time at the beginning and end of each day to regroup and look ahead.
2. Keep your focus on the present moment; limit any worrying about the past or what’s to come.
3. Build fun into every day to balance the demands on you. Real fun.
4. Say no when you have to – graciously and with kindness. Time is finite.
5. Know that the holidays will pass and their demands will go away, as a new year begins.
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Ah, those moments when your cares and all the demands on you fall away. Treasure them.
How often do you find yourself in moments of peace? They are a time to replenish, center, rest and listen. Let yourself consciously enjoy them and use them well!
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1. Are you enjoying the work you are doing?
2. Is your work life pretty free of “drama”?
3. Is your stress low?
4. Are you feeling centered most of the time?
5. Are you responding well to crises and pressure, when they show up?
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