Updated: Nov 15, 2020
Dealing with Uncertainty during the holiday season in a pandemic. Anchor Yourself.
Sitting by ocean in the fall of a pandemic reminding myself how important it is for people to stay grounded in times of uncertainty.
Anchor yourself, mind and spirit, to the present moment. Anchoring your attention to right here where you are.
Take a moment to make sure your body is in a comfortable position. You are welcome to close your eyes or read through, you are welcome to have someone else read this blog to you or listen to the audio version.
Turn your attention to the present moment, here and now.
What is alive from you inside or outside? Your breathing.
How is your posture? Are you sitting up straight or hunched over?
Clothes touching you some tight? some loose?
Maybe you can feel your breathing as well… Is it fast or slow? Focus on the breath
Maybe other sensations that you are feeling will come and go.
Feel your heartbeat.
Anchor your thoughts to the present moment. What is your mind thinking here and now?
Release these thoughts of worry at this moment and anchor into your here and now.
What can you appreciate that is around you?
Maybe you are outside in the yard.
Maybe you are out by the ocean.
Maybe you are sitting in bed.
Maybe you are on the coach.
Maybe you are at workstation from home.
Wherever you are take a moment to appreciate your surrounding. The body sensations you are feeling here and now.
What are you saying to yourself at this moment. Pull in the gratitude.
With your eyes closed envision a time where you were full of gratitude. A time where you were at your peak at your fullest in your life. Visualize it. Feel the emotions the gratitude brings to you. Focus on your physiology at that moment, what you were focused on and what you were saying to yourself internally and externally. Then envision a time when you were at your happiest. Feel the emotions the gratitude and happiness brings to you.
When you arrive at these moments assure the feeling is intense on a scale 1-10 make it a 10!
Anchor yourself to the times you are feeling those positive memories. Pull our your left arm and make a fist saying YES! This will enhance the feelings of gratitude and happiness that you have anchored in yourself today.
From this moment, envision your surrounds again who were you focused on in the moments you envisioned, what were you saying internally or externally. I want you to pull out your left arm again make a fist and say YES! Do this one more time and anchor the moment and assure the feelings of gratitude and happiness remain at a 10.
If you have not already, open your eyes. Remember you can always let go of the worry and anxious thoughts and just tune in anchoring into your mind and body here and now.
Tune in to your present moment and feel alive within your body.
Appreciate the areas in your life.
Appreciate if you are not sick. Your health. If your family is not sick. Their health.
Appreciate if you see the sun and clouds each day. Your sight
Appreciate if you can smell the salt in the air from the ocean. Your sense of smell.
Appreciate what sounds surrounds you here and now. Ocean sounds, birds, water, the breeze
Appreciate the little movements of your body. Your fingers, toes, muscles.
Appreciate the roof over your head. A home.
Appreciate the sunset each evening knowing tomorrow is another day.
Staying present in the moment and with yourself during this uncertain time is essential. Many may be looking for alternative ways to find calm such as in alcohol or drugs that really are not helping your thoughts and feelings but rather turning them negative and covering them up temporary for which they will return more intensely. Likely using these to make up for areas in their lives that are not being met.
As difficult as it may be for some. Be appreciative to the things that surround you each day that are positive. Focus on them. When feeling overwhelmed, prioritize the items that need your attention each day, and move the items that can allow more time to another day. Pay attention to how you feel your thoughts are important.
For many of us that have our health, sight, smell, hearing, home, and able to be in the moment today be appreciative. Knowing the pandemic is temporary.
Find one thing to do each day that will help you feel more appreciative of yourself. Maybe it is an act of kindness, Maybe it is dropping off a cup of coffee to a friend or paying it forward in line at the drive through. Maybe its connecting with someone you haven’t in a long time, just checking in. Reach out to those that could use our help and lend a helping hand if it makes you feel good.
Each day we have the option of letting go of the worrying, your mind can bring you anywhere you want it to be. When times arise that you feel the overwhelm, anchor your thoughts to this moment and connect positive thoughts. Your body and mind are here as an anchor.
This week we know but not for certain know what the future will bring us all. We can do our best to prepare for what we want to get done in the future assuring we are navigating appropriately and moving forward in our right direction.
Believing that when the storms of life make us drift out to sea, we can use our anchors to return to the shores of our presence.
We can use positive habits of presence, mindfulness, and gratitude as the anchors that bring us back to ourselves when we have gotten lost in the seas of our mind.
Be mindful. stay present. Take each day at a time building on the priorities that need to be accomplished each day.
If you have challenges grounding yourself like an anchor and feel the overwhelm and uncertainty is too much to sustain. Reach out for the help of another a friend, family member, or colleague. Ack Professional works with its clients to instill positive mindsets, facing the fears and areas in life that often leave us stuck and unable to grow. Setting goals for you to move forward. You are welcome to schedule a complimentary discovery session.
Working with many different walks of life as a coach and understanding when a person may need more than coaching, we would be happy to refer another healthcare provider that works for you to help you stay grounded during this uncertain time and walk through the areas you need help. Our mental health is important for success moving forward. Do not hesitate to reach out us. We have a long standing background in healthcare administration working with many doctors and can refer you to where you can get the help you deserve.
The mind will keep on wondering. It happens to all of us. Take pauses during these times of the day and throughout your day.
Stop whatever you are doing, take a few deep breaths, and give yourself a break for a few minutes. Walk away from your phone, computer, apple watch and technology (No, it does not mean to go check your social media). Pay attention to your mood and how you’re feeling. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. Anchor into the present moment. Pay close attention to your breath.
Anchor yourself in gratitude and appreciation and it’s unlikely that the seas of life will ever take you off course you’ll see your life as a journey in the sea with the waves some rough some calm. Remembering at any time life is overwhelming and uncertain you can anchor yourself returning to the feelings of gratitude and appreciation just by pulling out your left arm and saying yes, being the best version of you.
Hopeful this exercise brings calm and ease to your day.