So we have basically been in lock-down for a week now. On the first day of lock-down I interviewed Jen Gottleib – we call her ‘CEO of Mindset’ in her company.
Since doing this interview I have implemented all her mindset tools and they have been changing my days. I truly encourage you to implement her tips too.
The truth is, this is a very uncertain time for us at the moment. We don’t know what is going to happen during this time, so the uncertainty is real for all of us. FEAR will definitely be present. For some of us there is constant fear around all sorts of different things at this time. So the first thing Jen says is to acknowledge the FEAR. You don’t have resist it, you don’t have to push it down, you don’t have to ignore it! You want to acknowledge it, it’s your truth right now.
We can feel the fear, and then put it beside us in a box, we can look at it and talk to it. We don’t need to let fear consume us. We can choose how we respond to it.
We don’t have control over this at the moment, but we can control our environment at the moment. We can control our diet, we can control our physical exercise, we can control the practices that we put into place at the moment. We can control our routines. I’ll share mine next newsletter 🙂
Some suggestions that Jen gave us from her routine:
- Start the day with gratitude. You cannot be fearful and grateful at the same time! If you can choose to be grateful for something good in your life in those fearful moments, you will switch straight away.
- Start with things that you are grateful for right now- all those little things, your night’s sleep, waking up and breathing, or EVEN just waking up! Be grateful for technology, friends, family, support networks, work, animals, grass, whatever it is!! You can find three things you are grateful for.
- Next is writing a gratitude list, which is SUPER exciting and makes me so happy. It is a ‘future gratitude’ list. This is similar to what we did during our Dream Building workshops last year. Ask yourself. “What do you want your life to be like after coronavirus?” and you can totally start being grateful for it now! What do you want during this time? Maybe you’re grateful for how far you can run after lock-down, the fact you can now make bone broth, for your new job promotion? Remember, our subconscious minds don’t know the difference between a real memory and one that we have created. I always talk about the fact we need to work our brain like a muscle. So now is the time to work it! What do you want your life to look like after lock down? I have so many clients sharing all these new things they are now doing. Let’s create those feelings in our minds.
During the day when fear creeps up, what can we do? Jen gives us her two favourite tools to use during the day. Her first one – If you feel your body going into fear, count backwards from 5 to 1. Then recall a vision of when you felt amazing. A beautiful moment. Even try writing up some of these memories so you can refer to them when you need to. STOP the fear 18.104.22.168.1. Go to your memory and be grateful for that moment. Her second tool is – Distract yourself!! Put on some music, do some exercise, doing the plank.
Say out loud to yourself – “I am ok right NOW”
Fear is worrying about something in the future that hasn’t happened yet, so if you remind yourself, “right now I am ok”, it shifts your body and your mind. We don’t know what the future holds, we can’t be certain of what is going to happen, but right now, you are ok!! Remember right now you are ok!!
Can we turn this time into an amazing GIFT? How can you do that for yourself? What are we doing to emerge as a butterfly from this time? Are you going to get on a quarantine health plan? Look at your mindset, movement and nutrition.
Also remember, don’t press down any feelings, remember to feel the feelings!! Feel them! Remember grief right now is normal, being sad, being angry, being fearful is normal right now. Feel into those feelings. In order to have a breakthrough, things need to BREAK. Have you had an experience like this in the past? You totally know I have! My biggest break, was the best thing that ever happened to me and it is the same with many of you. I have countless stories from clients where the thing that was meant to break them, was the greatest gift, so what butterfly are you going to emerge as?!