Do you feel like you are swimming in uncertainty? Ten ways to quickly change mindset.
There is no doubt that we are playing a short and long game with Covid. This shutdown is causing pain and discomfort for a period, with a view to stopping the spread and impact longer term. But the impact right now feels different and big. What does the future hold? Will I go on my fantastic holiday with amazing women to the Larapinta Trail in August – probably not. Will the vaccine actually work – somewhat – but only if we have enough people vaccinated?
In the meantime, we are making plans that may be cancelled. We are setting up work events to come together face-to-face that will almost certainly be turned into online something-or-others. We are not leaving our houses for long periods of time so that we can keep each other safe and stop the spread.
The good news is that we’ve adapted – we’ve proven that we are resilient people. However, this is a shit show and there is reason to be angry, upset, distracted, unproductive, stressed, sad, grieving, grateful and lots of other emotions.
So what happens when we are feeling all the feels? We feel stuck. Our brain might just freeze. We’ll be less able to move forward on tasks. We won’t feel as creative. When this happens, we’ll need a pattern interrupt. It’s one thing to acknowledge the feeling, but we don’t want to wallow in it. Resilience is about feeling it, knowing what it is and why it’s here and then moving through it. The more resilient we are, the faster we can process it.
10 Pattern Interrupts
I felt like this last Friday. I just felt stuck and like my brain was full of fog. So I took myself off for a 10 minute powernap on the sunny sofa with my dog laying across my chest (he’s a mad Cocker Spaniel who thinks he’s a lap dog). What a difference it made. I felt re-invigorated and ready to go for my next meeting.
What are ten activities that I do to create a pattern interrupt by changing my physiology.
- Power Nap – you’ll have an optimal time for you. Mine is no more than 10 minutes.
2. Walk outside and soak up that Vitamin D – walk to the coffee shop or around the block or longer if you can.
3. Make a cup of your hot drink of choice – herbal teas are great.
4. Meditate for 10-20 minutes – you can do a guided walking meditation as well.
5. Do something creative that you know fills up your cup – listen to a podcast, journal, read a novel, chat to someone on the phone about something frivolous, watch a funny show or video.
6. Write 3 things that you are grateful for
7. Set up a virtual coffee with learning buddies
8. Check in on someone that might be feeling the same way
9. Work in a different spot – move around your house or work outside if you can.
10. Stretch or yoga is fantastic. I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel with the reduced movement, everything is a bit tighter than usual.