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Where-ever you are in the world, first and foremost I hope that you are healthy and staying safe. Physically, emotionally AND mentally. It’s all important.

It’s easy when life is going well to use our self-help tools like gratitude, meditation etc because they can help to amplify the good feels. But now is the exact right time that we need to dig deep into our tool chest and regain control of the monkey mind.

Here are my top 5 tools for hard times:

  1. Meditation

I’ve said this a billion times but meditation really is the ultimate to helping you regain control of your mind. Rather than being in the back seat and having your reptilian like brain make all the decisions (think: fight, flight or freeze), we need to be super selective with our thoughts.

Our thoughts create our emotions/feelings which in turn create our actions.

If our thoughts are being driven by the fight/flight/freeze response, we will find ourselves stripping supermarket shelves or pasta and toilet paper.

However, if we can control our thoughts, we act from a far more resourceful and calm place.

2. Tapping / Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

I’ve really upped my tapping game these last few months because I notice a HUGE difference in my day. I’ve experienced heightened anxiety recently and tapping has really helped me to bring it under control and even remove the anxious feelings for days at a time.

I highly recommend jumping onto YouTube and looking up Gala Darling and Brad Yates. Two of my fave tapping experts.

3. Journaling

It’s the best way to let out all of the thoughts you keep bottled inside your head. Whether you go old fashioned and use a pen & your fave book (I have a gazillion diaries, just ask my husband!) or if you want to do a quick and easy google docs – starting to just free write and get everything that is in your head on paper feels really good.

If you let go of your mind and just write whatever comes up, it can also be a great way to uncover the source of any anxious feelings. If you find yourself asking “why am I feeling this way?” then journaling is a great way to investigate that.

4. Move Your Body

Let’s all channel Olivia Newton-John and Get Physical. And by physical I mean get active. Go move your body. Go for a walk, run, dance, bike ride, lift some weights – whatever you can do with whatever you have. Our bodies are the container for all of our emotions and when we are going through A LOT of feels, we need to move to help the feelings flow. Exercise also releases tonnes of feel good hormones, which will help to put your brain into a resourceful state and again prevent any unnecessary toilet paper hoarding.

5. Help Someone Else

One of the most important things we can do in times of great stress is to help someone else. It can be very easy to get stuck in your own head and then catastrophise the end of days. But when you can stop and look around, you will find that compared to others, you actually have it pretty good and there are lots of vulnerable people in our community who could use a helping hand. It can be as easy as picking up the phone and talking to an elderly person in your life. It could be reaching out to your neighbour and getting something from the shops for them, if they aren’t able to leave the house. Whatever it is, putting someone else’s needs ahead of your own will ALWAYS make you feel better. Always.

As I wrap up, I just want to remind you all to stay safe. Once you have used the tools above to get your mind into a good space, go to a credible news source (I’ve been checking out www.health.gov.au daily) and get educated. Learn what you can do to help lessen the spread of this virus. We all have a part to play.

Big love,

Michelle

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