You are not alone in feeling like you want to give up right now. Everything feels tough and you may well be experiencing moments of self-doubt and bleakness. You might call it the Covid Blues, so here are 4 keys to combat them.
1 I AM INCUBATING
Firstly, with our limited access to being out and about, the Covid blues may well be shadowing you relentlessly. I’ve recently had a long pause in my work, but am reminded that I can name this experience as a time of ‘incubating’.
This means instead of it being a failure to rise up, this is a time for stillness and retreat. New ideas and replenishment are happening at a deep level of your being. This turns the feeling around that you are uselessly doing nothing to something far more positive! Incubating your future!
And of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t challenge yourself to go outdoors. Whatever the weather, even a 15 minute walk out in your own local environment lifts the spirits.
2 I AM WILLING
You might be attempting to be loving, kind, compassionate or to forgive yourself for something; I know how tough this can be.
Add in the words: ‘I am willing …’ and notice how that opens up some space for you. It’s a phrase that helps to shift your thinking, clouded with covid blues. Here are some examples:
‘I don’t feel I can be kind and compassionate right now, but I AM WILLING.’
‘I can’t forgive myself, or forgive a person (name) but I AM WILLING.’
‘I can’t feel positive today, but I AM WILLING.’
This allows you to acknowledge what you are feeling. It offers you a helping hand, some spaciousness, so you can return to whatever the feeling is, without thinking you’ve shut it down forever. That can feel as though it’s an impossibility eg I can never love myself, forgive myself etc. It shuts down your potential, instead, stay open, be willing.
3 I CRADLE MY HEART
Allow yourself to be vulnerable in these continuing difficult times.
Sit, wrap a blanket round your shoulders and ‘cradle your heart.’
You don’t have to search for answers and wrack your brains for solutions. You don’t have to shut down the fear and replace it with strength.
In this moment, listen and let your own emotions, answers, thoughts, rise up in their own time.
You might like to place a hand gently over your heart and focus on breathing in to your heart and out from your heart. Feel the slight movements as your hand rises and falls with your breath.
Settle into the rhythm of your breath and let this gentle calm envelop you.
You’ll find what steps you need to take next – when you listen in to your own deepest wisdom. Just opening up the space to be still can help. Covid blues and feeling down WILL PASS.
4 NEW PATHWAYS
It can be daunting to see how much of the old world is crumbling. You and those closest to you may be experiencing tough changes in your life. Yet the night is always followed by the dawn.
Start with your own pathway. Create little pockets of daily mindfulness, meditation and self-exploration, so that your own dismantling of outdated behaviours steers you in a new, exciting direction. It’s yours to create.
As daylight starts to increase, we know for sure that spring is on its way.
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