Our country, businesses and even families are facing an unprecedented time of crisis and conflict. Worry, anxiety, fear, uncertainty seem to be the foundation of our daily lives. This kind of prolonged stress can take more than an emotional toll, your body starts to internalize that anxiety leading to headaches, stomach problems, insomnia, increased heart pressure and a litany of other problems. You may find yourself and family members being impatient with each other and angry for no reason. So how do you run your business and keep your family together when everybody is being pushed to the brink? Here are some tips to help you navigate this challenging time in our lives.
Monitor your Mood and your Mind
Where are you spending your mental time and energy? Is it helping or hurting you? How much news or social media are you engaging in? We want to be informed and we want to know what is going on, but the 24-hour news coverage and the constant sharing on social media can be overwhelming. Take a media break.
Notice and Name
What is the mental loop or ruminating thought that you are stuck on? Notice and name the feelings that accompany those thoughts. Are you scared? Nervous? Fearful? Tired? Capture and replace those thoughts with truth, grace, love, positivity and perspective.
Daily Check-In with Yourself
Sleep is power, food is fuel, movement is medicine. Sometimes extreme stress and anxiety can cause us to abandon or neglect the very basics that we need to handle the situation. Make sure you are resting, eating properly and get moving. A walk around the block or a 15-minute meditation may be all you need to re-center yourself and put you in a better place.
Don’t Isolate. Welcome Distraction
It is not your job to monitor the world or your business 24 hours a day. It’s okay to watch a movie, read a book, exercise, cook, bake, draw, paint – anything that will give your brain a break. Reach out to friends and family. Give yourself permission to stop and recharge.
Find the Positive
Seek out the good things in your life. Have you been able to spend more time with family? Have you picked up a new hobby? Has this stop in work allowed you to reevaluate or change processes in your business? Perhaps this is the best time to make the changes or improvements you’ve always wanted to but have never had the time to do it.
This may be an unprecedented time in history but the tools to manage the chaos are tried and true. There may be uncertainty in our lives but there are also foundational components that will never be shaken – love, grace, forgiveness – and these are the things we need to hold tight to.
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