As we are writing this post, the inauguration of our 46th President is only a few days away and as much as we want to look forward with positivity, we can't help but recognize how divided our country has become. Below are a few things you can do if you find yourself become more anxious as the days and weeks ahead week unfold.
Be Mindful - Being mindful means being in the moment. Be aware of what you are doing now. Sip your coffee or tea and notice how your beverage smells, the temperature, how it feels as you swallow. Be mindful of how you are sitting, and notice your breath. Take 2 or 3 minutes throughout the day to practice mindfulness.
Be Curious - Consider why so many others believe so differently than you do. As we think about the people that charged the Capitol on January 6, we must imagine that these are good people at heart. What causes them to believe that they were doing the right thing? What will it take to heal the pain of this divide and how can you help?
Make a Difference - this is a good time to do something for someone else. Be kind, smile (with your eyes of course, since we are still wearing a mask); run an errand, call someone who you haven't talked to in awhile. Hug those that you can.
Stay off Social Media - especially those posts that inflame you. It reminds us of good gossip, sometimes it is fun to listen to others troubles, until you or someone you love becomes the center of that gossip. If you must be on social media, post a picture of nature, or your pet, say something kind, don't share misinformation.
If you pray, this is a good time to do so. While we feel very spiritual, we are not religious. During these times we use our meditation to focus on peace and understanding. We do believe in the power of many sharing those same thoughts. So meditate or pray and focus on our country once more becoming a place of good, helping others and leading by example.
Be Thankful - remember all you have, all you love. Be thankful, even if it isn't as much as you want or have had in the past. Find something to be thankful for and mean it. Give gratitude daily and savor everything and everyone you have and love.
Be patient, this has been and will continue to be a tenuous if not tumultuous time, it will try your patience, there will be continued unrest, more anxiety, more anguish. Be patient with yourself and others as we navigate to a better time.
And of course, if you are looking for help and support feel free to schedule an appointment with either one of us on our booking page. The first coaching session is always free, to make sure that this is the right fit for you.