In times of turmoil, it is always the way we choose to respond to situations that determines our well-being. Are we choosing to be reactors or creators?
We ‘catastrophise’ the news we see into an ‘all or nothing’ doomsday vision. We can empower ourselves by redirecting our negative thoughts and/or creating constructive ones to counterbalance the negative.
Practice these WELLNESS SKILLS to care for yourself and your team.
1. CATCH YOUR THOUGHTS
Be the monitor of your own thoughts. If you feel yourself spiralling towards the negative, ask yourself: How else could I see this? Is this true? What would change if I operated from a place of security rather than fear? The truth in life is that we cannot believe everything we think. Our subconscious (which likes to run our lives) is a scorecard of past experiences and limiting self-beliefs that develops over many years. These beliefs colour what we think about ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in. Sometimes they need to be tested and refuted. We are capable of more than our past selves.
2. UNDERSTANDING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Crisis situations engage the sympathetic nervous system of ‘fight / flight / freeze’ mode. When this happens, we cannot think clearly and revert to survival reactions. We need to shift out of this mode to problem solve. Activities that encourage this are deep breathing, nature walks, gardening, yoga, reiki, tapping, tremoring, prayer and meditation.
3. SEEK SELF UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY FOR OTHERS
Tap into our shared humanity by trying to stand in the shoes of someone else in need… by helping others, we improve our own sense of having control and our ability to problem-solve. How does this situation make me feel and why?
4. DIGESTIBLE BITE SIZES
Choose when and where to expose yourself to trauma if you can. Is it constructive to sit 24/7 watching it unfold on your devices?
5. SEEK COMFORTS AND BE GRATEFUL
Do the small things that bring comfort. E.g., enjoy a lovely meal or take a walk in the sunshine. Spend time reflecting on what we have to be grateful for in our lives and pray for those directly affected in a way that is true for you.
6. TAKE ACTION
Do something, anything to help. By taking action you begin to take back your power. You can’t change the petrol price, but what can you do?
7. YOUR LIFE VISION
Ask yourself the BIG questions: Who do I choose to be in this situation? What do I choose to think? How do I choose to act? What can I learn about myself from this situation? If you are living consciously, the answers should align with your life vision and purpose.
By Paula Cotton of The Peace Portal - Creative Consciousness Coach, UK Psycho-Therapeutic counsellor and Reiki Healer. Contactable on WhatsApp, 083-798-0626 and firstname.lastname@example.org