Unfortunate times are unfolding by the day. Yet, humanity is not at its first turning point. Wars, revolutions and other pandemics have proven that human nature is stronger than any obstacle. With each difficult step, we have evolved and, eventually, we grew more resilient, more determined, and more mindful.
This, too, is one of those times. Nonetheless, now it is a bit different, as - by the wide spreading of Corona Virus - we are being called towards isolation, which should offer us the perfect occasion for introspection. Moreover, nature in itself needed a break and it is now fully recharging. So we should look at all this as to an incredible chance to heal.
Everybody is in fear.
Here's how to stay calm.
[ !!! Disclaimer !!! We have objectivity as one of the most important company values. Consequently, spreading fake ideas or becoming part of any sort of conspiracy is none of our concern. Neither is "feeding" fear and bringing people against each other. ]
As we've seen more than enough, in terms of panic, we would like to invite you to try something different. Therefore, in this article, we will be discussing about 4 pillars of a sane mind (as we like to call it):
1. Use time to your advantage
We like to believe that we inspire people to be better, through everything we do. However, since we understand that each of us can be of inspiration for the ones around them, there is one thing of utmost importance before any kind of interaction: spend quality time with yourself.
When we indulge ourselves this quality time, introspection occurs without a doubt. As soon as this state sets in, allow it to unfold in every which way. Just listen! You don't have to approve or contradict anything coming from within. The first step is to simply listen. Let the thoughts roll out and observe. Do nothing about your thoughts, as hard as it may be or may look like being.
In the beginning, spending this sort of time by yourself might be hard. But, as days go by, you may come to enjoy it, since questions arise and you realize how many answers have been buried within, for such a long time.
History is being written these days, so take this opportunity to use time to your advantage. You have plenty of time to meditate, listen to good music that raises your vibration or to simply be in silence. Yes, we are aware of the fact that you can't do this all day - if you may have children or other family members around and a business to handle or work for, but you can find a few minutes for sure.
!! Did you know that there are people who don't meditate because they don't feel called to, although they know the benefits of this practice?
Moments of silence can happen while washing the dishes, for instance, or while taking a shower. Being present in the now and focusing on such a regular task as washing the dishes or taking a shower can give you the proper space to contemplate a certain situation; to ask yourself important questions and to listen for the answer. As such, if you want to consider this time as your meditation, you can, as weird as it may sound. Remember not to judge yourself, criticize the situation you are contemplating or the people involved. Just observe the situation from the heart center, not from the mind space.
At the ending of this lock-down, you might find that your soul has grown, just by doing small exercise of not judging, while washing the dishes or taking a shower. By the end of it all, you might even look at yourself and realize that you've come to rather embrace acceptance; and your own self, with all the good and all there is to improve.
2. Write down your thoughts
Writing shouldn't be for professionals only. Yes, professionals are doing a great job, for the audience. Still, each of us carries millions of thoughts per second. Our firm belief is that writing clears the clutter in our minds. It doesn't even matter how you write down your thoughts. As you're doing it for yourself, the text you put out does not need a clear structure, a specific tone or a certain type of language. It is enough if you understand it.
As you practice it, though, you might learn that you have valuable ideas to share with the world. It is when you decide to publish what you write that you need someone to help you out. Until then, simply open up and enjoy the ride.
No professional writer was born like that. We dare to say that a big percentage out of the ones who today write for others started writing for themselves and they discovered this craft to bring them joy. All of us, in the Flavored Ventures team, actually took off like that. Be it that we started creating short stories in high-school or a life experience drove our steps towards writing, it doesn't even matter. We're here today. The important thing is that we loved it and we became good at it over time, with practice and with consistency.
The point we are trying to make here is that writing is very well linked to point #1 of this article. And that is because the natural next step after giving yourself a chance to spend time on your own might be writing. At some point, you may discover that certain thoughts, feelings or sensations in your body are there consistently. When you acknowledge this, you might want to consider writing down what's happening within the intertwined sacred space of your soul, mind and body. If you indulge yourself to keep to this practice, on a daily basis for a few minutes, by the time lock-down is over you will be looking back with pride.
Because you will have burned a lot of inner clutter, you will have come closer to your own self and, who knows, maybe even a book will reach the shelves. Taking time for knowing yourself, and then laying on paper what you discover, will get you to that point where you pat yourself on the back for who you are today. Why should you lose this chance? Remember that each small step is worth acknowledging and each tiny victory is still a victory. Therefore, congratulate yourself for being here and thank everyone that helped you arrive to this point.
If this does not resonate with you just yet, that's fine as well. No judgement here. We all have our own journey. ☺
3. Have some rest/ Breathe
Questioning yourself, unveiling answers and writing everything down takes loads of energy. And you should be aware of this process. Therefore, you might feel tired, on a physical level. When that happens, allow your body to rest. Now, more than ever, you can indulge that, since you spend 99% of your time in your own home.
(For the ones with children, we understand the difficulty, yet we also know that it is still possible. We might take the chance to write about this too, at some point in time.)
The first step towards relaxing your entire body is conscious breathing. Take a deep breath in, allowing the air to get in through your nostrils, and then slowly exhale, through your mouth. In doing this, the heartbeat rate decreases, all your muscles relax and your brain is getting irrigated in a more appropriate manner. After a few sets of such breathing, you enter in a state of calm. When you reach that state, move on to step #4 in this article.
Additionally, your body may call for a power nap. Since you are at home, give yourself the chance to have some sleep. When everything [the global lockdown] will be over, the pace we used to conduct our lives by might resume. We may go back to the same alert manner of handling everything, therefore your body will be grateful for the break you are giving it now.
4. Edit your thoughts
In the beginning of this article, back at point #1, we suggested you should observe your thoughts, without judging yourself, the situations or the people involved. It is recommended, however, that you indulge yourself to feel in a certain way about a specific thought. Avoid pushing away that feeling. If you do so, the thought associated with the feeling will be thrown away somewhere in the back of your mind. But it will return, when you least expect it. So why not get done with it at once?
Over the passing of time, and with some degree of curiosity about how to do it, reframing your thoughts will become one of the greatest tools at hand. Reframing is the tool that you will be using to edit your thoughts.
When you become aware of how you feel as a consequence of a certain thought (especially the negative ones), you may consider learning about and doing something for that discomfort to disappear. Or, on the contrary, to preserve the feel-good state, as a consequence of a happy thought.
As such, what we call editing of thoughts in this article has, in fact, a lot to do with the process of reframing, brought into our awareness by the NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) practice. The aspect that is so powerful about this tool of reframing is the fact that it makes you understand that you have, indeed, the power to take charge of your life's journey, by working on your manner of thinking.
Does this have anything to do with business or is it strictly applicable on an individual level?
If you think that any sort of business is managed, executed and maintained by humans, your answer is already clear. The more we edit personal thoughts, the more we impact the business we lead or work for. And that is because we bring into the workplace everything we have individually worked on and achieved.
As a short example, if we work on reframing the thought "I hate my job" and on turning it into motivation by saying "I am so grateful to have a job and to learn a lot", will the business we work for be impacted? Of course. On a vibrational level, first of all. Because we are bringing a new way of thinking to the collective. At first, people may think we are crazy (for turning from a hater into a grateful person), as they will not fully understand the process we went through. However, while we are still working on reprogramming our mind, the others will start asking how we managed to shift from hatred to gratitude. From there, the change is already visible, as a few out of the ones we engage with will take the change on, for themselves. Then, they will pass it over, as they work through it.
Did anyone spot the ripple effect in the example above?
Exactly! This is why working on self, reprogramming and editing your thoughts impact your business and your environment. 😉
The 4 points we briefly mentioned in this article (reframing, resting/ conscious breathing, spending time on our own, and writing) are practices that help us remain calm when the world goes upside-down. Being calm when everybody is afraid does not mean that you are selfish. It is just that you know how to better handle your emotions, you know how to filter the given information and that you are building up a strong shoulder for the ones who need it. If you are well, you can better support the others.
Happy being calm! ☺