There are so many things occupying our hearts and minds right now.
I don't have answers or advice. I only have this - Take care of yourself. Extra good care.
Here are 5 things helping me get through these uncertain days...
It's been my rock. It starts my day positive, proactive and productive. I believe how you spend the first few moments of your morning, set's the tone for your day.
Here's how mine goes...
6am alarm. I get up. No snooze - it makes me more sleepy. I put on my workout clothes.
I don't look at my phone.
I have a warm mug of lemon water or ginger tea to hydrate my body and brain after sleeping. Your brain is more than 75% water and it needs hydration to work properly. You get dehydrated when you sleep so having water (warm or hot, with lemon or without) wakes up your digestive system, flushes your organs and gives you the energy you need in the morning.
While I'm sipping, I write:
I still haven't looked at my phone.
I get on the treadmill and now open up my phone. I scroll while I'm walking - checking email, social, etc. Sometimes it's only for 10 minutes and then I get off and do a workout (see #2) or sometimes I do a full cardio session on the treadmill and listen to a podcast (see # 3).
Then I shower/get ready, have a healthy breakfast like oatmeal or a green smoothie and start my workday.
Beginning my day with my own plans, goals and intentions instead of with the news, emails and other people's opinions and ideas makes me proactive and positive instead of reactive. It totally changes my mood for the day.
I've stepped this up in the past couple months. It really helps me manage my anxiety, reduce stress and I feel happier and accomplished after each workout. Plus it's keeping me strong and in shape. I mix it up between strength training, HIIT workouts, cardio, yoga (all of those online) + walks outside. I use the Daily Burn app, the Gaia app (for yoga & meditation), the Peloton app (using the free 2 month trial right now), and online yoga classes from my local studios and instructors.
I have a playlist with my all time favourite songs - old and new. I play it when I need to change my mood, sometimes when I'm out for a walk or when I'm making dinner. I encourage you to do the same - you'll love it!
I used to always listen to podcasts in the car. Now that I don't have many places to drive, I'm listening to them on the treadmill or when I'm out for a walk. I love motivational, health and business topics. Here are a few of my faves:
Search for podcasts on topics you're interested in - there are tons out there!
I usually have 3 books on the go: A rom-com kind of novel that's funny and easy to read which really helps when my anxiety is high because it takes me away to another place. A business book because I love learning and want to be the best entrepreneur I can and a health or personal development book - both for myself and for my clients.
Pick books you like and want to read. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks If you love romances - read them. If you love biographies - go for it. Read what you love.
I feel better when I eat better. That's the power of food. Food contains information, nutrients and vitamins essential to our health, our immune strength, our brain and our mood. Have I enjoyed a few more plant based treats? Yes, I'm human (hello dark chocolate). But I've been very mindful to eat healthy and not create habits that will be tough to break later.
I don't love winter. And I usually use it as an excuse to hibernate inside. However, this winter I've embraced bundling up and getting out for a walk, hike or snowshoe. I bought ice cleats that go over my boots for when the trails are icy and poles to help with my balance for hikes. The fresh air feels so good. And being out in nature is relaxing and grounding.
The common theme in these 5 practices are that they're in my control. Right now, when it feels like so many things are of our control (they are), it's important to remember and focus on what you can control and let go of what you can't.
I'd love to hear from you - what has been helping you get through these uncertain times? Share in the comments below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org