You can’t control everything

At a time of great uncertainty around the world, we can get so overwhelmed with the negativity in the news that really has just taken over our lives…. But somehow, we have to take back control and find that happy and calm feeling within us in our everyday lives, otherwise we will go stir crazy!!!

We have to take charge of what we can control, and work with what we have in our lives and can be grateful for, and be proactive in taking those little steps during our day to live our lives and do what makes us feel happy, calm, safe and supported…

Aside from all the practical everyday stuff you may need to be stocking up on in case of emergency, the constant handwashing, making improvements in your everyday hygiene and the general cleanliness around you, the worry is real. In acknowledging this, we really have to make the time for self-care (it is more important than ever now). Do what you need to do, be prepared, but also it’s also important to find that time to be silent and calm, and more than ever now, invest in some extra joy, sing, dance, draw, paint, listen to music or a comedy sketch, get inspired… Do whatever it is that lights you up, but make that choice to redirect your focus and some time away from all the fear and worry.

Here are some key ways that I would like to share that I hope can help you get through this worldly storm:

Focus on what is thriving in your lives. We must continue to stimulate our minds with love, laughter, inspiration and joy, otherwise what’s the point… Life will just get too depressing and our minds can get really foggy and stuck in negativity which makes it so hard to see the light and beauty that is still out there in this world to see. The beauty and importance of the simple things in your life already that you may have taken for granted. Family. Love. Food. Friends. Community. Transport. Heating. Water. Electricity. And so on. Make the most of every little bit of it whilst you have it day by day. Tomorrow is not a given. Make the most of each day whilst you are alive. Being alive is a miracle, a blessing – make it all count!

Take care of your mental health. Don’t forget to love yourselves, be kind to yourself, do what makes you feel good – as well as making you feel better in yourself, this will help you to be able to spread more light to others around you to help build a sense of community during these difficult times. Which helps us get through it all.

Be kind. Giving to others always makes me feel good, it’s a great distraction too, so why not do the same? As human beings, during these times, it all comes down to showing compassion towards each other – only through kindness and love can we help people get a better glimpse of the light. It also really helps you to get back on track towards a more positive path towards the happiness and calm you may want to be feeling right now.

Invest in like-minded communities, both online or offline, around you who can be a great support to you when times are hard and we feel alone in the struggle. There is some kind of comfort in knowing other people all around the world are feeling the same vulnerability, it’s a very surreal feeling. So more than ever, we are not alone as it is affecting the whole world around us, which is even more reason to unite together and create some extra love, light and miracles together, and know we are all supported at the same time.

Take care of your physical well-being. Get some fresh air and make the most of the dry moments and sunshine. Drink lots of water (or herbal teas if you like your drinks warm, especially in the winter months). Make sure you are eating lots of healthy fruit and vegetables, and include a regular amount of protein in your diet too to give you energy. Do some exercise everyday even if for 10 minutes. Move your body, dance, do some strengthening exercises, go for a walk… what does your body need? Increasing your energy levels will help you to feel better in yourself, get your adrenaline going and give your mind aswell as your body a boost of fresh air and help clear the fog that might be dragging you down.

If you have been procrastinating about doing something that could improve your health and happiness, now is the time to do it! Now is the time to take care of our bodies and immune systems as best as you can.

Find little moments during the day you can be grateful for, and savour those moments, give life to those little things. This is what matters most in life and can really uplift your mind and help you to go about your lives more positively and help you to feel happier, more fulfilled and keep you calm.

Sara Benveniste

Sara is a mum of 3 and also a Mindset & Wellness coach. and through personal experience, helps people with low energy and chronic fatigue develop a healthier, more positive and creative growth mindset, and at the same time, nourish their mind, body and soul through self-love, good nutrition, music and mindfulness. She is also a linguist, and loves learning foreign languages, including French, Spanish and Italian, playing the flute and listening to music.

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