Welcome to that liminal time between Christmas and New Year… Endings to tie up and plans for new beginnings as we come out of the Xmas slumber and back into reality. And reality is uncertain right now. Even our NYE plans are uncertain as we wait for announcements with, possibly, more restrictions in the next few days.
Getting used to uncertainty takes time and practice. Being able to live in the present moment is not easy feat, especially when surrounded by chaos and fear. As human beings we need some kind of order in our lives. Some routines. We like to make plans.
The good news is that we ourselves can create those routines and rituals to bring in some much needed grounding, such as:
- On waking: free-write three pages in your journal, let it run, whatever comes to your mind. Get it all out before you start your day!
- Reward yourself with your favourite cuppa, tea or coffee, as you write your morning pages
- Think of three things you are grateful for each day – you may choose to write these down in your journal so you can go back to them when you need to
- Spend some time in meditation. Even if it’s just 5 minutes. I do 11 minutes each morning. I recommend some good noise canceling headphones and a simple timer – I use InsightTimer (you can choose your own background music and bells). Try to focus on your breath and every time you stray – and you will, we all do! – just bring yourself back to the breath. Start small, then slowly add more time if you feel you need to
- If you sit down a lot for work, set some alarms in your phone throughout your working day to get up and move. Science tells us that moving the body also moves the mind (mind and body are one after all!), so play your favourite tune and have a little dance, or do some yoga, you will see how your creative juices start flowing!
- Join a class – yes it is good to have recordings and freedom to practice whenever we feel like it instead of at an established time but hey, it is even better to connect with others and practice together, either online or in person. Connection is a human need, we are pack animals after all. Lack of connection brings feelings of ungroundedness and depression, as well as anxiety
- Go for walks in nature. Get lost. Awaken your own intuition. Leave your phone’s maps behind and trust your gut. This is gold and we are totally missing this nowadays. But it is never too late to start to remember!
My two cents to structure and routine: I have added free recordings throughout the holidays until we reopen on 12.1.2022, every Wednesday and Sunday there’ll be an evening flow class and morning flow class recordings for you to access. Recordings for this week are already up and next week’s will be up next Monday. You can access these from now until the end of the day’s class (ie. Wednesday class ends at 8.15pm so you can access this class from now until that time only).
Wishing you a smashing walking out of 2021 and into 2022 with new perspectives and ways to navigate these times!