As the world continues to change daily, I’ll be sharing here some of what I’m currently enjoying to get me through those slumps during this lockdown. Judging from my conversations, I know that I am not alone in feeling this way. I hope that we can regain our balance together! I’d also like to reassure you that we at LBB remain open online and here for you.
1. The Daily Check-in
I’d noticed my stress levels had risen since the pandemic, so I started a daily energy diary to understand what was behind it. It’s so simple and effective that I had to share. Twice a day, at lunchtime and bedtime, I record my mood using only 1 word & a rating from 1 to 10. For example, on Sunday, I was a PUMPED 10, I had done some reading in the sunshine and had a long call with my mom and sister. However by bedtime, I was a MEH 5. I’d had a difficult conversation and was probably nursing some anxiety about the week ahead.
While simple and still a work in progress, the revelations so far have helped me. Instead of spinning out & not knowing why, I can better direct my energy towards a solution. It’s also led to some new truths, including that I am far more extroverted than I ever gave myself credit for 😀
2. Move, Mix it Up, and Master your Breath
Short breaks to pause and breathe deeply has been a game changer for my energy levels. As a result, I am also nearly drinking my Flight Mode, LBB’s Mood Rescue roll on. It really enhances my state of relaxation, and the smell alone now acts as trigger to my brain to breathe deeply. Here are two of my go-to breathing exercises:
- The 4-7-8 method: It’s quick and easy & what I use through the day, especially at my desk. Deep inhale through the nose for 4 counts, hold for 7 and quickly out through pursed lips for 8. I repeat until I start to feel better;
- A guided meditation: I use this just before bed. I’m currently enjoying this one by Chris Pimmer. He uses the Wim Hof Breathing Method. If you watched the Gaia Transcendence series I recommended in my last newsletter, then you’ll recognise him as the Ice Man.
3. Grow with the flow
I thrive on learning and social connections and if you are like me, join me in empowering yourself through this crisis. Here are some private networks that have opened up their access during lockdown. 67 Pall Mall Virtual tastings Wine lovers – Here’s an archive of classes so you can now take a tour of the Chilean Vineyards from the comfort of your sofa. AllBright Connect A digital network by the women’s only private members club that boasts an interesting programme of events and archives. Later today, you can learn about Lock-Down Life, Resilience from Dame Helena Morrisey DBE & Edwina Dunne OBE.