Sometimes we find ourselves in a chaotic, stressful situation, even unexpectedly and don't know how to deal with that, how to react. The pressure can be so overwhelming that we're afraid of losing control over our body and mind, dreading to take any step, and the anxiety can become debilitating or lead to total confusion. We may feel stuck in a place where we never wanted to be.
This is the time when we realise we must change, review what we've done so far, with what consequences, then set up a new mindset, new attitude, maybe a new lifestyle.
The following tools evoked by the quarantine days of COVID-19 can be your support through your challenging transformation:
To not waste time on the news or social media, you have to set a strict schedule, planning every minute for work, for rest, even for your washing and eating time. If you feel this weird, you can start logging your whole day, checking what you spend time with and how long. You will be surprised! Then you will be clear about where need it to be changed.
2. TRACK YOUR NEWS CONSUMPTION
First of all, be very aware of what you let into your mind and whatnot. Watching the news and being well informed about what's going on worldwide won't contribute to your well-being. Of course, you may want to know the actual governmental rebriefing about what to do as a law-following citizen. So you may want to check the daily news once a day, no longer than 20-30 minutes.
So, control your news consumption by focusing only on that program summarising all the necessary information you need to know. Set the time, the program and don't let yourself drifting there any longer.
3. TRACK YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE
It's not easy, but the most relevant is getting rid of anxiety, sadness, low self-esteem, and even depression. It is also crucial if you're going to find your way to cope with stress and other challenges in your life. The others' experiences through posts and shares have nothing to do with our feelings, life issues, relationships.
However, some inspirational and motivating effect can come across that you get in a more manageable way if you filter who you follow, like and how much time you spend checking each one. So track your social media consumption by logging your check-ins and outs, which one you use the most frequently, and analyse the whys and reasons.
4. STOP PRACTICE for one-minute stress relief:
5. SHORT BREATHING RELAXATION
This short breathing meditation can be beneficial along a stressful day, whenever you feel to get a short break from the overwhelming workload. You can also do this practice every day like a morning routine, building up resilience and getting armed against stress.
6. USEFUL LINKS
This page is offering a free 8-weeks MBSR training online. If you haven't ever tried mindfulness this is the best way to get familiar with it. You can learn, grow and getting more conscious and calm, day after day.
These two are an easier way to start to meditate on your own:
And if you prefer to relax with music you also can choose from one of my youtube playlists:
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There is one more playlist full of very precious mindfulness meditations for being present, leave behind judgements, and feel every breath completing your body with calmness and consciousness: