These are uncharted waters for us collectively. And because our brains are wired for survival, uncertainty often gives rise to fear and anxiety. This is our brain’s way of looking out for danger. It’s not inherently bad, but we can understand that it’s a natural reaction.
With that being said, I invite you to be extra kind to yourself during these times. That doesn’t mean “give in” to all things, such as overeating, overdrinking, etc. It means moderating what you need. It means looking for the MIDDLE path – not too much, not too little. It means treating yourself with tender loving care.
Kindness towards yourself creates confidence. It allows you to expand into uncertainty knowing that you got your own back! 🙂
Here are 4 ways to help you navigate uncertainty with kindness towards yourself:
1. Practice Non-Harmful Thinking. You can practice non-harmful thinking by watching thoughts come and go. Beating yourself up for what you haven’t done or aren’t doing, likely hasn’t motivated you. Let go of thoughts like, “I’m going to gain the COVID-19 pounds” or “I can’t get anything done.” Gently let harmful thoughts pass like a bird in the sky that leaves no trail. Turn your thoughts toward statements that start with “I’m glad…” can be helpful. What are you glad about?
2. Witness Emotions Without Identifying with Them. When anxiety arises, instead of becoming an anxious person, witness the sensations as if you are you watching a movie on a screen. There is a difference between, “I am anxious” vs “The sensations of anxiety are arising.” We become what we identify with. Can you identify with your indestructible essence deep within?
3. Turn Adversity into Awakening. This IS the time to turn adverse conditions into awakening your heart and mind. When we no longer can handle the pain of discomfort we become willing to do things differently. It’s through challenges that we develop new skills and GROW. Uncertainty unlocks creativity, wonder, and new awareness. What are you learning?
4. Everything Has a Beginning, Middle, and End. This IS the time to be gentle with the waves of uncertainty, knowing that this too shall pass. Often when we are in the thick of a challenge, it can feel as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel. The nature of reality is everything is constantly changing. This pandemic will be one day be a memory. What memories do you want to create?
DANCE with uncertainty. No two days are going to be the same. Some days I’m too tired to exercise and so I take a nap, other days I go for a run. I’m listening deeply to my needs.
For the last 15 years, I’ve been studying the mind. And for the last 12 years, I’ve been navigating the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship.
If you have ANY questions about managing stress, anxiety or being productive working from home, let me know…