Over four months have passed and for most of us we are now trying to go back to our pre-COVID lives. Essentially, we are living a new, NEW normal. We were stressed when COVID started and we are stressed out now.

There’s a lot of:
* Frustration
* Feeling of being overwhelmed
* Uncertainty
* Fear of the future.

We started to self-isolate to protect our families and ourselves and for some of us, we started working from home and for others jobs were lost and it was stressful all around. Stress reducing techniques that we have relied upon in the past are not working too well these days.

For example: going to the gym and going out with friends for dinner/drinks...Stress is high and it is hard to create effective routines or get back to old routines when you’re worrying and not capable of being mindful.

What are your current stress relieving techniques?

Have they been effective?

Let’s discuss new strategies:
* Meditation - Meditation gets a bad rap…when people hear meditation, they tend to think that it is a process.
People think you must sit cross legged, fingers touching, and repeating a certain word. Meditation is far easier than that. If you have 10-20 minutes at once a day – ideally 2x – just sit comfortably and choose a word. It can be any word, like love, peace, hope, red, even a made-up word. Whichever word you select becomes your word moving forward. Just say the word over and over in your head. When you get distracted and you will… juts gently bring yourself back to your word.

* Creating daily intentions - Setting an intention enables you to set the tone for your day. What is your intention?
 I will be positive
 I will be focused
 I was happy
 I will be friendly
 I will productive
 I will be committed

* Daily journaling - Morning journaling allows you to create a day that begins with positivity and kind self-talk. You can set your intention and you can give gratitude. Identify what it is you are grateful for as soon as you wake up and establish that positive mindset. Evening journaling is an effective way to “unpack” the day and clear out the “noise and clutter” in our heads that keep our wheels turning and our minds up at night. Write down your worries, concerns, and frustrations. When you put pen to paper you are enabling your mind to release what you are holding in and that allows you to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer.

* Stay on top of your bedroom routine - If possible, establish a set bedtime and allow yourself 15-30 minutes to disconnect, wind down and quiet your mind and spirit. Sleep is restorative not only physically but mentally and emotionally too.

* Create your Circle of Trust - As humans, we all want to feel heard. We want our feelings and emotions respected. When you are communicating your concerns, your fears, and frustrations – make sure you are speaking with someone who will receive and honor your feelings.

I hope these strategies enable you to navigate through this unprecedented life transition. You are not alone - I got your back!!

Love & Light -

Jennifer