“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
There has never been a time when this quote wasn’t more relevant!
It seems lately that most things have been out of our control.
So we try to hold on to the things we can!
But in holding on so hard, instead of feeling safe and secure, we end up feeling more vulnerable and afraid.
It’s time to have more Faith!!!!
Faith that things will work out. Faith that we have the strength to weather the storm. Faith that life will go on and we will all prevail.
It’s also an opportunity to let go of the way things were or the way we wish they would be. Our new normalis here to stay and we need to get back on the bicycles of our lives.
Riding a bike is a great analogy for letting go because you’ll never know how strong you are or how far you can go until you do.
We can still enjoy the ride and the journey! We’ll be safe with our masks and keeping our social (physical) distances. We can keep our minds safe too by practicing good mental health strategies. (Take my 7-Day Stress-Management Challenge – starting 6/1)
So – relax. Let go a little. Start making plans to transition back to resuming your life. Go outside for a walk – or a bike ride! Even if you fall down, remember you can get back up and try again!
Here’s to living a life full of Passion, Purpose and Play.
This is Mental Health Month and we’ll be focusing on tips and strategies to support good mental health.
Let’s start with Self-Care!
Too many people believe that self-care is just a ‘Nice-to’ – not a necessity!
We’re all so busy working, or taking care of our families, or running errands, or cooking or cleaning or ….. (fill in the blank). We collapse at the end of the day with no time or energy for ourselves.
Tomorrow is another day. We’ll work out then. Or get up early and meditate. Or make time to prepare a healthy dinner, etc.
The truth is tomorrow never comes.
If you want to feel better, look better, work better, or just be happier, you need to make self-care a priority.
Decide – Right Now – that you deserve to be Happy. You deserve to be Healthy! And this is essential to your Mental Health.
Focus on what nurtures you – what feeds your soul. Or at a minimum, what puts a smile on your face.
Make a list of 3 things you can do today for your mental health. If you’re not sure, here are some suggestions:
Write down what you most appreciate about yourself and your life
Reach out to someone you appreciate and tell them
Get outside and breathe some fresh air
Go for a walk in your neighborhood and focus on the greenery & flowers
Put on some music and close your eyes and get lost in it – or get up and dance to it
Drink a cold or cool glass of water and savor how it quenches your thirst
Prepare your favorite meal and set a nice table for one
Stop comparing yourself to others
Give yourself a facial, manicure, pedicure, shave, etc. – Spruce up your look
Spruce up your home – Declutter – Organize – Purge
Paint, draw, color, sketch, write – Be Creative
These are just some suggestions and I’m sure you have your own. The key is to do something everyday just for you!
Here’s to good Mental Health and living with Passion, Purpose and Play!
“In tech communities, we consider disruption the way to lead to innovation.“ Ayanna Pressley
The Planet has not seen this kind of disruption in many many many years!
As people all over the global are settling into their ‘New Normal’
we have been forced to find new INNOVATIVE ways to Connect!
TV shows are broadcasting from their living rooms. Employees are connecting from their kitchens. Friends are connecting from their couches! Social Distancing is creating Innovative ways for Social Connections!
Technology has made it possible for all of us to stay connected.
Virtual meetings are the New Normal. Virtual ‘Happy Hours’ are done via Zoom or Skype or some other platform.
And I’m sure as I’m writing this, there are people all over the globe innovating other ways to connect and create community.
A friend posted a picture of their neighborhood curbside ‘Social Distancing Happy Hour’! We’ve seen the photos of people in Italy & Spain singing & playing music on their balconies.
Let’s put on your own ‘Thinking Caps’ and Disrupt our routine in Newer, Innovative ways.
Here’s a few of my own:
Work on my couch in my PJ’s (not really innovative – but comfortable)
Play all day and work at night
Create content for my website
Conduct a Creative Cooking Contest with what’s left in my pantry!
Ok – those are mine. Clearly I could use YOUR inspiring innovative ideas too!