Thriving Instead of Surviving
As we settle into a new normal, things might continue as they are for longer than any of us thought. With the idea of this being long term, rather than short term, I have begun to ask myself, how can I not only survive this, but thrive so I can be better than I am now.
There are some things I know for sure and that is that each one of us is stronger than we remember that we are. We are courageous, resourceful and creative to name a few. In our busyness we have forgotten how resilient we really are and at times like this, we must call on our inner strength. Plain and simple, it is to our advantage to take control of our thoughts and actions for the benefit of ourselves and others.
With that in mind, I’m offering some thoughts for all of us to consider.
When we have feelings of security, comfort, and safety we feel good and our brain reacts accordingly sending out good vibes, telling our mind and body that all is well. We feel positive about life and optimistic about our future.
When our need for safety, comfort, and protection is threatened, as it is now with this virus, we move into a flight or fight mode. We know that this state of being causes our brain to release chemicals that are harmful to us, adding even more stress and negative thinking. It is much harder to feel optimistic, and hopeful, with the knowledge that in the end, everything will be okay. When we feel threatened, we need to be reminded of what we already know.
When we are not able to change or control the circumstances, what can we do?
We can focus on what we can control. Make a list of the things you can control such as your attitude, how you care for yourself and others, and how can you be of service to others?
When you take control of the things within your grasp, you become in charge of your own well-being, no matter what is happening. That is the definition of peace, peace is not the absence of chaos, it is the calm in the middle of what is happening around you.
Pay Attention to negative thinking. Negative thinking focuses all our thoughts and energy inward, which in turn creates a small and narrow focus. Resist the temptation to dramatize the details out of proportion and look at them in the bigger context of your life. Become aware of your negative thoughts and do your best to change them into a more life- giving statement.
I have more to offer but I want to keep it short for now as people get overwhelmed with so much information coming at them. With that said, I would like you to tell me what you would like to hear from me? How can I be of service to you right now? You can just reply to this message to respond.
As always, I offer a “no fee” (As always, this is a no strings attached offer) phone session. If you would like to talk more about anything I have said or would like me to help you brainstorm or make a strategy, I am more than happy to do that. Reply to this email and we will set up a phone conversation.
Take good care of yourself!