At the end of the day, our resilience is brought forth from agility, and agility is born of faith.
I love that quote shared by Cara Delevingne that sparks empathy: "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you know nothing about. Be kind. Always." It forces you, for a split second, to step out of your own shoes. However, at the moment, we are all facing the same crisis. Every mother, is charged with keeping her children not just sanitised, but educated and calm, in the face of COVID-19. Swapping slippers won't really shift our realities that much, or would it? Speaking with other Mamma's out there has proven to me, once and for all, that survival comes down to the scalability (and perception) of wellness - and therefore faith.
We all know and understand the current circumstances are difficult, in different measures, to every one out there. But what I love hearing are the stories of gratitude, through reflection, of what these times are showing us. The stories of appreciation of calm and rest from our daily routines, to ones where we enjoy nature and go for walks with our children. Those posts on social media that show how each little family is triumphant in their own way, either having an adventure in their backyard, baking or playing those board games that were accumulating dust. The return to loving culture, reading, drawing, watching movies, listening to music. Our hunger for learning, with many of us signing up for online courses that are long overdue. The realisation that we actually don't need that much to be happy and content with those we love.
The source of all these forms of gratitude is faith, and appreciation for the moment we find ourselves in. We know that the hard parts will eventually diminish and when a new normal sets in again, we will not find ourselves broken. Instead, having leant in, and pulled from our strengths, we have become agile in facing the uncomfortable parts. We find alternative solutions in restricted times. We pull our loved ones closer (albeit over FaceTime or Zoom). We push to find innovative solutions where we can, and accept with grace, the things we are unable to change. The mindset you employ right now, will define your actions everyday. If you are happy with what you have in the present, and hopeful that, soon enough, your world will return from a topsy turvy state, your behaviours will encompass wellness of your entire being.
So how do you aim for Wellness at the moment?
1. Create a Wellness definition - for you: Wellness isn't always about nutrition and weight loss. Wellness is about what an optimal quality of life is, on your terms.
2. What is your self-isolation wellness goal? Contact has been compromised for our own sakes, and we have had to look at going through our normal day in different ways. Maybe this new lifestyle will open up a new opportunity to reach a new height - differently? For example, not sitting in traffic for 1hr a day. Maybe your goal is to meditate 30 minutes a day instead?
3. Rock a routine: Yep, change brings boundaries and opportunities all at once. Now that our routines are shaken up, make your new routine beneficial to your health and goals. Walk regularly, do a breathing exercise, take a nap, garden, make something new, healthy and delicious!
4. Keep in contact with fellow Mamma's! Feeling a bit stressed, or blue? Reach out and call one of your Mamma besties. Share your feelings and keep it real. Best of all, you can still keep your coffee catch ups and Friday night drinkies going while your chatting.
5. Invest in your career skills: Online courses are ever so popular at the moment (thanks to social distancing), and now might be the time to take your repertoire up a notch. Especially those who have less hours, who have been temporarily stood down, or worse still, left unemployed. It doesn't have to be a Uni degree or 2 year course, even participate in a webinar or two.
We can be whomever we want to be, whenever the time calls for us to change. Quality of life on your terms is a good place to aim for in the process.
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Vanessa is a professional career & business coach with experience in marketing & communications, small business operations, organisational culture & learning. She is currently undergoing further training & qualification with the LCA Australia and the International Coaching Federation. Vanessa has recently completed certification as a Wellness Facilitation Coach. Most importantly, she is a mother of two, teaching them to see the world with compassionate eyes and to act in kindness.