We all understand the benefits of having balance, however as we step into the current speed and relentless nature of overwhelm we find ourselves trying to cope with, trying not to feel numb or blanked out by, its imperative to remind yourself to actively engage with options that help our sustenance, sustainability and willingness.
Here are some of my tips for helping ourselves to make it through. Just as we require activity, we also require rest and time to recompose.
Learn to recognise when you are overwhelmed, stop attempts to dismiss the truth of how you are feeling.
Schedule time and space to recompose. This may be booking the baby sitter, having a cup of tea outside, soaking in a bath or taking a walk in silence, listening to the sounds of the day.
Reduce screen time, even if temporary. It is recommended that every 90 minutes we step away from devices and screens. Drink water, walk around the room, recompose.
No feeling guilty, often we may have to recompose while others are ‘still at it’, drop this out of your mental landscape, it is okay to take the time you need as it is available. You need it whether or not you have company.
Give yourself what you actually need. Be specific about what is actually going to help, guilt and stress free. If you need sleep, allow it, need food, go grab some take away if your to tired to cook. Bear in mind where your energy levels actually are.
Be kind to yourself. Often we are least compassionate with ourselves, this is your opportunity to put your emotional well being first, then you will be more able to allow and give towards others. Even in the current climate.
Make plans based on the time you do have available, if you have 5 minutes, breathing exercises are good, 15 minutes, a walk around the block, 30 minutes yoga.
Include company if the person recharges you, gets you laughing, allows you to be and feel relaxed.
Be still, this can look like a pyjama day, lazy breakfast, not doing the washing up, stepping out of home chores, letting a friend or family member or colleague help.
Be sure to make it happen, don’t let the busi-ness of work and life change your plans. Keep your health in mind as your first wealth.
Understand that you are always your best version of self when looking after yourself, even when its crazy busy.
After spending an afternoon wandering through the Triennial at GOMA this year, I was moved by the dedication, execution and peaceful nature of the art, particularly when you consider that some of the topics were not comfortable ones. To those who question why Art is important, I say Pshaw!
Below are some of the pic’s I was able to take. Enjoy.
Honestly it was the themes that got me, part of me wants to keep it silent, internalised… and then the questions start. How did we get ourselves here? Why are we treating each other the way we do, so many questions. With the access we have, to these art works, it is so in our face, that it reminds us of the undeniable truth, it is possible to focus for results in dedication, complex critical awareness and love. Each piece was so unusual in explaining the story, that it was palpable, calling out of me a feeling of what had been witnessed. What we are all witnessing. These pieces are enlightened, sophisticated and really beauty in motion. Just let it wash over you. R.
When we discuss intention, we address the everyday. The thread travelling through you and the day. Where we co create.
As you ponder, consider how to engage the most oxygen in this day. Are we relaxed? Self caring? Generous in our Spirit? If the feeling of disconnection leaves these with the volume down, what would you give to remedy this? For me, as many of you, disconnection can lead to a part of self that is small, insecure, wanting. When we are intentional in our living, we are engaging with large, secure & having. It is important to note that definitions play a part, as does action, as does recognition. Living with an awake intention, alleviates boredom, distraction, while adding trust and of course magic.
Magic brings the Spirit alive. Its like walking barefoot through the Earth. A sense of other, a rational composition of self referencing. Active listening, coupling to magic, awareness & intention can create relief from what ails. How could this serve? Perhaps even just to allow sleep to come, easily. Perhaps its to be able to watch the news without dismay knocking on your door. Reducing stress & positioning you to advocate for the healthier option, to be part of the construction, over the mass of deconstruction. Perhaps its to stand in your body & not feel like an impostor. Owning your space. Finding courage to step forward, to support ourselves. What would that day to day look like?
What resonates in the now, is a genuine desire of a large number of us, stepping into caring, supporting healthy change & cleaning up our messes, all in the appreciation of what we do have. From here all things are possible. Look forward to walking with you.