I decided to make a list of the key elements that have been personally keeping me structured and somewhat sane.
You are welcome to my strategies, as much as I invite you to create your own.
More than ever taking care of me is showing up in moments of stress. I have learned taking the time to take care of myself creates an inner wellness that kicks in when confronted with stress.
This ranges from from a regular morning routine of prayer, breathing and meditation, along with a morning run and yoga in the evening—when I can get it all in.
If I can’t get to it, I’m okay with that. Self-care should never feel like a burden.
Self-care also includes the the books I read, what I write or blog about, and podcasts I fill up on.
As well as the shower and skincare products I love.
It all factors in to how I’m feeling.
Running every morning has kept me present, disciplined and grounded. As much as it’s helped me physically, it impacts me mentally and emotionally.
But it doesn’t have to be running.
Taking a walk, doing 50 jumping jacks, yoga, workout videos, etc., doing something to break a sweat and get the body moving daily does a world of good for us.
Especially when things are as intense as they are right now.
Structure is stability.
For me, sticking to a routine feels safe and sane. When it feels like the whole world is on fire, focusing on what time I start work, load the laundry, go for a walk and so on, are incredibly comforting outlets.
Connect with others
I’m an introvert by nature. I can go hours, even days or more without talking to anyone. Connecting is something I have to do on purpose.
That said, long spans of isolation is not good for anyone. It’s important to stay connected.
I believe in the concept of Unbuntu that Nelson Mandela spoke of (I wrote about this in my 2nd book, Unbroken, regarding my family’s strategy for being “Divorced, but not Divided”).