AUTUMN is a season of CHANGE, and her twin sister is STRESS – they seem to go together! Fear is a big one in stress. The reason most people subconsciously fear change is they have built an identity for themselves based in time, and this identity is threatened with change, particularly when sudden or unexpected change meets them on their life journey.
Here are 6 tips to help surf the waves of change & stress:
1. DAILY ROUTINE
Create and maintain a daily routine as far as possible. This routine may include a spiritual practice, – eg. Yoga, meditation or morning papers first thing every morning before commencing your day – or it may be simply making your bed on rising each day. A walk around the block, with or without a dog, is another good example. Simple daily routines keep us anchored in the here and now.
2. EAT HEALTHILY
Some people take more care for what they put in their car’s fuel tank than what they put into their mouths. They put highest-grade fuel in their car and yet low grade factory produce into their mouths. Sugar and refined carbs aggravate stress and anxiety. We help our bodies cope better with stress when we eat organic, natural fresh food, prepared with love and presence.
3. SEEK SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS
People who have a good connection with friends live healthier longer lives. A problem shared is sometimes a problem halved, and other people can help us see situations differently. Use your friends, but do not abuse them, do not drag them into any hole, otherwise you will both be stuck!
4. LIST POSITIVES FROM THE CHANGE
So often during CHANGE, the mind focuses overwhelmingly on the negatives, and yet in reality LIFE is always in balance. What is normally out of balance is our perception and our thinking. Listing on paper the possible positive outcomes from the CHANGE at hand will help relieve some of the mental pressure, and give something to look forward to.
5. CUT BACK ON SOCIAL MEDIA
So much time is wasted on surfing social media. In times of challenge and CHANGE ‘medicating this way’ robs us of a real connection with life as well as consumes way too much of our precious time. Rather spend some time connecting with nature – taking a walk in a park or nature, a scenic drive and dedicated retreat time are excellent ways of clearing the mind and centring us.
Much energy is expended unnecessarily by resisting the inevitable. We say “NO” to life, and then wonder why we suffer. Saying NO to what already is creates much stress and suffering in people. Accept LIFE and focus on issues you have control over.
John Homewood: Integral Life Coach and Consciousness Teacher