Food For Thought Friday
Yesterday I caught some of Dr. Oz and one of his guests was Mel Robbins who offered some excellent Emotional Resiliency Tools (or Inner Strength) to help us cope.
I was not familiar with Ms. Robbins but I thought I’d pass it on to you to use as you will or even share with someone you may know who is finding it hard to deal with our world being turned topsy turvy.
Bear with me while I paraphrase and add to her suggestions.
“Emotional Resiliency Tools” to help you cope…
Accept Where You Are
One of my favorite phrases that my husband uses is “It is what it is.” It’s a very simple thought but it means so much.
Pointing fingers or wishing for what was and cannot be is wasted energy.
What you’re doing is turning over the power to control your life to something or someone other than yourself.
2. Create A New Routine
For many, this new normal happened during or around Spring Break. But instead of going back to school and work, we are staying at home. And not just staying at home but not going out to dinner, hair and nail appointments, social meetings with friends, concerts, etc.
What we did has changed for many..staying in our PJs, sleeping late, staying up late, eating everything we can get our hands on.
Having a new routine is also good because it puts YOU in control of your life. And when that day comes when school and work call, it will be a lot easier for us to get back into our old routine.
Mel’s suggestion is her 5 Second Rule. If you find yourself immobilized by anxiety or depression you’ll find this helpful.
It reminds me of kids having a race and someone says 1,2 3 GO and everyone takes off.
What I found helpful is if you have teens or young adults at home, it’s important to let them be in charge of their new routine. This helps to give them some sense of control in what they see is a world going out of control.
3. Take Care of Yourself
Try meditation, yoga, walking or jogging in your neighborhood or park.
This next tip is one that I hope you’ll truly focus on…
Remember that this is temporary.
Think about what you will do when we are done with this.
So, what am I looking forward to doing after all of this? I’m having a huge gathering at my house for my family!
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall