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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Watch Out For Boredom

Boredom may seem harmless, but beware – it can derail you. Boredom gets you restless, with no place to go. Your mind and emotions can wander to unproductive places. It can keep you out of the present moment and throw you back to the past or into an ill-defined future.

How can you avoid boredom and keep yourself energized? Here are some suggestions:

• Structure your day. Schedule tasks throughout the day that stimulate you in blocks of time, so boredom can’t set in.

• Investigate the cause of your boredom. Do you have enough to do? Are present conditions because of the virus limiting you in ways you were not limited before?

• Find one new thing to do each week. Stay with the things that resonate with you.

• Have a plan to get yourself out of boredom if it sets in (e.g. take a walk)

• Keep your life and work balanced so your center is not hard to find.

 

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Same Old

Do you find yourself drowning in monotony these days? Same people, same environment, not much excitement? Pre-COVID, you may have said it’s time to spice things up and try something new. Your options have changed. There are limitations now that did not exist before. So, what do you do?

One approach is to create something new. You can do this, even in the confines of your present situation. Rather than look to the conditions of the past, look to now. What can you do that is different? Who can you help? What can you write? The possibilities are endless

So, if you are in a “same old” energy, get cracking. ☺ Bring something new into your world!

 

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Are We In This For the Long Haul?

In some circumstances, we say we are in a project or partnership for the long haul. What’s going on is that we are making a commitment to stick with something. It is our choice and agency to do so. These days, it is dawning on us that we may be in this COVID-altered world for the long haul in the United States. It is not within our full choice or control.

Since this possibility exists and the changes we are experiencing are significant, it does not hurt to think out the best way to navigate this time. Many of us are trying to get back to “normal”. It no longer exists. We live in an altered world and we best accept that. Giving some thought to being in this situation for the long haul can increase your chances of success and fulfillment in the future.

 

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Losing Track Of Days

Some clients have been mentioning to me that they are losing track of days. That’s understandable. Work spaces, work routines and pacing have all turned upside down. What once was easy may now take some conscious effort. If you are having trouble keeping track of days, start each day recognizing what day of the week and calendar date it is. Then, you know where you are and can proceed with your work day.

 

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