Now that the Covid dust is beginning to settle, many people are less than enthused about returning to the same hectic grind. Self-care is essential, we get it, and can’t forget about it now that things are beginning to return to a since of normalcy. Maintaining a healthy, positive attitude is vital to crushing goals and enriching personal relationships, which through this pandemic could be achieved by spending time with friends and family, getting things around you in order, finding a new hobby, or just finally prioritizing your own needs ahead of others.
We have zero control over the behavior of others. In fact, pretty much everything in our lives is out of our control, except for our responses and how we choose to show up in the world. Our presence, our energy, speaks long before we do.
14 Quick, Easy, and FREE Ways to Reconnect with Yourself Each and Every Day
- THE FIVE SECOND RULE – Use at the first sign of annoyance or distress. Simply count backwards from five. Five, four, three, two, one – as you take a deep breath. Counting backwards forces us to slow down and activates the calming center in our mind, the prefrontal cortex.
2. JOURNAL TO ABOLISH ‘COMPARE / DESPAIR aka jealousy’ – This really works! Grab your journal and devote two full pages to the person, place or thing that is triggering you. Write down every single thing that irritates you about that situation and begin to analyze it in a way that you can learn from and glean the good qualities. As time progresses, keep adding to the list and review it for what stands out. Highlight the things you can learn from and then let it go. Feel it to heal it. You can always burn it on the full moon after or bury it after.
3. SIT WITH AN OLD TREE – Listen and observe. Trees have insanely long roots that reach down toward the center of the earth and hold them firmly in place, as well as branches that reach upward to the stars. Many have been here long before us and will remain long after we are gone. They are very grounding. Allow yourself to just be.
4. TAKE A QUICK WALK – Or several walk breaks throughout the day (especially if you have a desk job). This is especially helpful when we are feeling stress because it allows us to move energy and stagnation. Blood settles and pools when we are sedentary, and our skeleton settles into one creaky stiff position. Movement is medicine.Often when we are anxious or stressed we kind of live in our heads, thereby forgetting we even have legs or feet at all. Going for a walk is a great way to reconnect with our lower chakras, which ground us.
5. EARTHING – Earthing (or grounding) refers to the discovery of benefits—including better sleep and reduced pain—from walking barefoot outside or sitting, working, or sleeping indoors connected to conductive systems that transfer the Earth’s electrons from the ground into the body. – NCBI
6. Walking slowly – (With eyes closed) in a place you are familiar with is an excellent form of meditation.
7. KEEP AN INSPIRATION LOG OR NOTEBOOK – Read quotes, poems, song lyrics that speak to you. It’s very healing to remember that others have also felt the same way we do. Reflection allows us to rise above and remember our true soul purpose.
8. DEEP BREATHING – Simply breathing deeply throughout the day is hugely underestimated. Allowing yourself to sit with uncomfortable feelings is ninja work. Whatever is coming is going, just letting it pass through, without responding is HARD! Practicing a continuous looped breath is magic because when we breath ‘normally’ all day a ton gets stuck inside. Whenever we think of stressful situations or events, our breath gets lodged and may become shallow, jagged or generally uncomfortable. Sometimes even causing panic. Ultimately all of this tension gets stored in our body in the ‘fear belt’ around the diaphragm and the muscles. A great way to practice this breath is by observing babies breathing naturally and imitate that.
9. DO YOU – Everyday, as much as possible. Everybody else is doing it. Allow as much time as possible each day for things that light your soul on fire. Work on projects that inspire you, reading, writing, painting, gardening. It’s how we grow.
10. CHUG MORE WATER! – Dehydration is a major energy drain and rears its ugly head in the form of exhaustion, hunger/hanger, headaches and also exacerbates wrinkles (no rbf please). I would actually venture to say that dehydration is the biggest obstacle to maintaining good, uplifting energy.
11. CHECK IN WITH YOUR MENTORS – Make a habit of making time to check in regularly and share your wins and accomplishments. Listen, learn, grow.
12. BE OF SERVICE – There’s nothing sexier than that! Giving back is the best way to forget about a crappy day or whatever ‘problem’ is ailing you and gain perspective. Service elevates us.
13. GRATITUDE LIST – Whenever I’m upset about something, I try to catch it as soon as possible, (usually by noticing the tension level in my body) and shift into my gratitude list – immediately. It has a huge effect on our mental state and energy level. Prayer works well here too. Don’t be afraid to speak it out loud. Sometimes I am moved to tears doing this and have definitely been seen ‘ugly crying’ on walks around the block. So often we forget how much we actually have to be grateful for. Make a practice of thanking your higher power for EVERYTHING and notice the difference in your life.
14. REST AND RECOVER – It’s no one else’s job to take care of us. Whenever we’re physically and mentally exhausted, we need to stop. It’s as simple as that. There’s no way on earth any good decision or interaction is coming from an exhausted, depleted place. Worse, when we live in daily stress and overwork our body’s nervous system, fight or flight breaks us down by stopping all bodily functions. Forget about trying to be creative or even pleasant in this state. When we are well rested it is much easier to remain calm, cool and connected to source.
Lastly, just be playful! Life is short and the length of our ride is uncertain, so smile!
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“Surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotti
Holly Onorato is a skilled life, health, and spiritual coach, working closely with clients to help them reclaim their power and innate wisdom.
She is currently studying with Pathways of Light Spiritual College to complete her Ordained Ministerial Counseling Certification.
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