They say that there are events that happen in your lifetime

They say that there are events that happen in your lifetime that you will always remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when the events occurred. My mom has always recalled the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in my lifetime, I remember the Challenger explosion and 9/11. Another time frame I can add to my list, and perhaps the first for the generation behind me is March 2020. There is no exact date, because for each municipality, city and state began their shutdown practice at a different time. But March 2020, is without a doubt, the beginning of the craziness of what our world has become.

This past year, we have been stretched to the limit.  Our nerves have been on end, between mandatory shutdowns, home schooling, work from home, so many things that turned our worlds upside down.  Our bodies have been on high alert for the past year, waiting for the next change to come along.  In sense, we have been in that “fight, flight or freeze” mode for an entire year and we are getting tired, our bodies are getting tired and it is showing.  I read an article the other day discussing the fact that a new medical diagnosis has been added to the ICD10 called “Pandemic Fatigue”.

Knowing what I know now, it truly makes me happy that I made the decision to begin the BodyMind Coaching Program during the initial downtime.  Despite the fact that I was learning to become a coach, I was also experiencing an entire program to grow and experience for myself.  So, in thinking about this last year, I came up with a small checklist for each of us to see what comes up.  How are YOU truly holding up, as we are now hopefully on the downhill swing of things.

⇒  Check in with your body.  What type of things is it trying to tell you?  Do you have a constant pain in your low back?  Are your hands feeling sore?  Are you feeling tension in your neck and shoulders?  Do you seem to be having a never ending headache?  Take a moment to see what that pain and those sensations are telling you?

⇒  Evaluate your comfort zones.  Has this last year made you do something you were not entirely comfortable with?  I know there was a lot of changes that needed to be made, but what was that ONE change that had to be done, that made you feel the most resistance?  Ask yourself if you are feeling more comfortable with the situation or are you just doing what you need to do to get by?  What is one thing you can do to feel more comfortable in your current situation?

⇒  Recognize that it is OK to PAUSE!  We live in such a fast paced society where we feel as though we need be going and doing at all times.  For some of us, this time when we have been forced to stop or at least slow down and/or change our routines has thrown us for a loop.  How can you learn to enjoy the quiet moments?

⇒  For some, it has caused a feeling of “stuckness” like we are just spinning our wheels waiting for life to return to “normal” so we can resume our lives.  My instructor often uses the quote “All ships rise with the rising tide”.  What is one thing you can do today to stay in the flow of the tide and not feel like you are sinking?

The year 2020 will definitely go down in history with infamy and looking realistically, despite 2021 showing some rays of hope, it may be a while before life returns back to the “normal” we all knew.  Imagine 1 year, just 365 days ago, many of us went through our days without much worry, we did not have to think before heading to a public space, we didn’t need to check with others to see if they had received a vaccine yet, you did not have to wear a mask anytime you were in a public space.  For some 365 days seems like a lifetime but in the grand scheme of reality it is just a blink of an eye.  What a difference a year can make.

If you are interested in exploring any of the points above in fuller detail, they are all highlighted in my BodyMind Coaching program and am excited to share more with you.  If you are interested in the program, please schedule a discovery call at the link below:

https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=19391570&appointmentType=18732147

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