Many of us are confused by our feelings at the moment. This lockdown has a different feel. We are weary of it now. But also confused by conflicting thoughts and emotions which seem to change hour to hour.
> We are bored and yet overwhelmed.
> We are so over it but yet are grateful for so much.
> We long to plan but fear the busyness of yesteryear.
> We have time but we are frazzled.
> We long for connection yet feel over connected.
> We are rested yet exhausted.
In among this confusion we are trying to press ourselves into an answer; trying to rationalise our feelings.
What if we sit and allow our feelings to be? Whatever they may be at that given day, hour, moment.
What if we took a breath and named it? Without judgement.
What if we welcomed that feeling in for a moment? However confusing. However uncomfortable.
Rather than dismissing it, acknowledge it.
Being mindful of our feelings and welcoming them, doesn’t mean they go away but it can help free the pressure you’re taking on by ignoring them. It is a tough time. Go easy on yourself.
Often when we try to find answers, we busy ourselves and go into 'fixing' mode. But what if you were simply still for a moment. Be still and listen.
'Mindfulness', meditation and breath techniques can support you greatly at this time. But they also turn a lot of people off, for fear of being too technical or 'fads'.
What say you simply sit and be still. Calm your breath. For five minutes. Close your eyes.
Notice your feelings. Name your feelings. What do they say?
Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.