Many of us awoke today into stress and worry.
Understandable. There are a LOT of unknowns, changes to our normal routines, lack of income, revenue for people and businesses of all sizes. It can be scary. You may feel isolated, helpless or overwhelmed by it all. The root of the last two comes from feeling you have no control. It’s good to identify that, so that you can tackle it by name! We may feel a lack of control when we can’t buy what we want at the store, or visit who we want to see, or even workout like we normally would. When we lose the ability to bring in clients or customers, make sales or pay a bill, we again feel like we have lost control.
Let’s get really real: it can suck. And we can get stuck.
There is one thing we have control over. No one can control HOW you respond to a situation, except you. In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl said,
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
So, okay, other people cannot control your thoughts, but why does it seem that sometimes we can’t either?
Have you ever noticed, when you worry your mind doesn’t stop?
To get a new perspective and find a solution to handle a situation we need to slow the mind turbulence down. Way down.
“The mind is like water When it’s turbulent it’s difficult to see . When it’s calm, everything becomes clear. Prasad Mahes, The Power of The Pause.
Quiet your environment. If you are struggling in an environment.. like your office, and you struggle to concentrate, CHANGE that physical environment. Go outside. Sit in your car in your driveway if you have to! ( I know some of you may have your kiddos’ pent-up energy flowing through your home at this time of limited social activity.)
Now, breathe. This may only take a minute or two, but I recommend not returning to your task until you feel the shift in your energy and your mind.
Other things you can do to create stillness in your mind:
Journal. I do this daily, using my stream of consciousness. Noting structured. Most of the time, I write to God, ask for help and often I get an answer! I am NOT saying that submitting a complaint form to God will get you instant access to universal wisdom, but this is just a process that works for me. 😉
Tap into the emotion of AWE. Awe is a positive emotion that settles our mind, as opposed to joy which energizes us. To tap into the power of Awe, I have a free gift of daily prompts to help you find awe in everyday things. With that same link below you can access is a short meditation called Mindful in Minutes. Either one, or the other I hope will be a good tool for you!
Find what works for you!
If you have a practice to still your mind, I’d love to hear about it!