What we feed our minds is easily as important as what we feed our bodies.
Wholehearted is soulfood for your mind, a weekly observation to nudge your thinking and warm your heart.
How are you? Yes, really, how are you?
This first week of lockdown has felt surreal. Confined to our homes and neighbourhoods, so much is uncertain and unknown. An invisible, weighted blanket has settled over us, as we make sense of this new normal.
The only thing we can be sure of is that the world will be a very different place when this is over.
Uncertainty is a hard place to be. In limbo, we are in neither one place nor the other. But the resilient people I’m talking to are those who have seen this all before. Not necessarily as a pandemic, but through war and recession, bankruptcy and redundancy. Through the end of personal and business relationships and the loss of loved ones.
In short, everyone I know has lived through uncertain times, at some level, and survived. And you can too.
Sure, this one is on a different scale, but as we hunker down in our bubbles, our responses are individual, not global. Uncertainty is one of the greatest human torments. I know that I keep going with one line in mind. This too shall pass. You’ll find it appears in most philosophies and religions, and my old Dad said it often.
None of us can know what the future will look like, but this too shall surely pass.
So how can you get through until it does?
I think our PM, Jacinda, has it exactly right when she tells us to be kind. To each other and to ourselves. How are you taking care of you?
Hold on to your anchors – what is unchanged and stable right now?
Remember how you coped successfully in other uncertain times. What worked for you then?
Activate your filters. Keep informed, be very selective about who and what you listen to. Who are your positive people? Who are you connecting with each day?
Keep moving. Whether completing projects around the house or a daily walk, what will you be glad to have achieved?
Stay home. Stay well. And let me know how you are doing.
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