This week is half term. That doesn’t really mean much apart from the fact that I won’t be pretending to be a teacher and will be able to do a load more fun things!
Like you, I have been juggling balls and spinning plates for the last 8 weeks and I am in need of a break.
But it just so happens that I have three guest expert sessions, coaching sessions and a corporate training workshop to deliver this week.
I’m not complaining, I absolutely love this work but balancing it all has left me feeling like a clown on a tightrope! I’ve had some pretty challenging moments along the way, and I know I’m not alone.
When we are in the midst of the noise and juggle, it’s hard to see what we have achieved. But I am going to take a moment to reflect this week and I encourage you to do the same.
Here’s the reflection exercise I’ll be carrying out and some tools that have been helping me stay calm in the chaos. If you have any that you can recommend please let me know!
Lockdown reflection exercise
Take some time to sit in silence, pen and paper in hand and a glass of something nice and note down your answers to the following questions.
- What has been my biggest challenge since lockdown began?
- How have I taken steps towards overcoming that challenge?
- What has lockdown forced me to do differently?
- What am I most proud of?
- What has been my biggest personal growth lesson?
- What has been my best win?
- How have I shown up in this time?
- What will I take with me into the ‘new normal’?
- What will I never do again?
- What am I most grateful for?
I would love to know your reflections from these questions. Please hit reply and let me know. I’ll be sharing mine!
Tools to keep calm in the chaos
There have been a few things that have been an anchor for some much needed calm amidst running a business, parenting, homeschooling, running a house and keeping everyone fed as healthily as possible.
Lockdown has seen my old friend anxiety come knocking again. Perfectly normal and pretty much everyone I have spoken to have felt the same at some point.
If you have ever struggled to make meditation a habit in your life then read on. Freemind App uses an approach to meditation that combines the power of music with words and affirmations. It’s been a total game-changer. If you’d like to try it I can arrange a free trial for you. Just hit reply and let me know.
I struggle with journaling at the best of times and don’t always want to sit down and put pen to paper. Penzu is a free digital journal that can sync on desk/laptop and app so you can jot down your thoughts whenever and wherever you are.
This works candle
Every night before bed I light a candle. The one that fills my room with the most sleep-inducing dreaminess is the This Works Sleep Candle. It might be a little more than the others but it is well worth it.
This has been an absolute lifesaver for shutting my brain off at night. At 9pm my whole phone goes dark, all notifications are silenced, and it doesn’t come back on again until 7 in the morning. If you don’t have this function activated on your phone give it a go!
I know this has sweet FA to do with speaking or storytelling, but I hope it helps you to take a moment, reflect on all you have achieved, and inject a bit more calm into your crazy life.