How to keep your sanity during Covid-19 crisis?

We are now going through unprecedented times. Covid-19 pandemic has changed lives of billions of people across the globe. Who would have thought staying at home could bring so many challenges? Home schooling your kids, uncertainty about the future, finance worries and being stuck with your partner 24/7 are just some of the issues to give us all sleepless nights. Read on for some tools to give you mental strength and courage.

Embrace the situation.

Whatever you resist, persist. Apart from staying at home, there is very little you can do to change what is happening. Once you accept the reality, you allow your mind to relax and release the tension. In a relaxed state, your mind is suddenly able to see the opportunities that were invisible before. Those who are quick to adapt to new realities of life, will emerge stronger and more able to cope with VUCA world. Look at this time as a unique opportunity to build up your mental flexibility and resistance.

Eat nutritious foods and exercise 1 hour per day.

Try to help your body sail through challenging times by giving it the right sort of fuel. It is all too easy to indulge in zero nutrition foods that will soothe the feelings of anxiety. However, we are making things worse. Foods with high sugar, fat and carb content will only make you feel more sluggish. On top of that, such foods will have a big impact on your hormones which in turn will affect your mood in a negative way. Plenty of green leafy vegetables, moderate amount of fruits, protein and complex carbs (like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes) will give you energy that will last throughout the day and make you feel vital.

Here you can find some fascinating information about what kind of foods can help us thrive.

It has been scientifically proven that physical exercise reduces inflammation in the body. So in fact, physical activity will reduce the burden on the body and strengthen your immune system. Exactly what we need to fight off the virus. In addition, studies have consistently shown that physical exercise can help treat and prevent depression. So have it as a rule to stand up very hour and get the blood pumping. It can be just walking up and down the stairs, doing crunches, lunges or even burpees. You are guaranteed to see the difference in how you feel.

Find your flow

Do you remember the last time you were ‘in the flow’? “Being in the flow’ is a state where you are so absorbed in some activity that you are not even conscious of the time passing. Try to go back to the times you were a child. Maybe you loved to dance to your favorite music, paint on a canvas, bake bread, write poetry, mix music or play a guitar. Whatever your chosen activity, it felt so easy and effortless that it felt as if you were simply born to do it.

We rarely have time to practice some of our forgotten talents during everyday life. We are so busy checking things off of our to do list, that we are simply not aware of what makes us truly happy. Now we have a wonderful opportunity presented to us to stop for a second and tap into our inner resources.

Here is an insightful TED talk about the concept of being in the flow.

This too shall pass

Remind yourself that nothing lasts forever. There is an end to the tunnel. Think about how you would like your life to look like after this shake-up. When you look back, what would it take for you to say you were proud of the way you sailed through coronavirus time? What would it take for you to say that you used this time productively? Write down your answers and use them as a starting point to narrow down your daily goals.

If you use tools above on a daily basis, over time you will see big difference in your mental state. The benefits of it will have a cumulative effect. Practice them often enough and you might even develop life-long habits that will serve you even after the pandemic.

How Life Coaching can Help you Make your New Year’s Resolutions a Reality

Each year millions of us set New Year’s Resolutions, but did you know that around 30% of people will give up on their goals by the end of January? To many of us a new year means a new start, and we all put our best foot forward in order to make progress and finally achieve those things we’ve been putting off for months or even years.

While having the motivation to set goals is great, unless you make progress you may have well not set the goals in the first place. If you want to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality this year, here’s how a life coach can help…

A life coach can help you set realistic goals

Where many of us fall down is by setting unrealistic goals, or taking on too much too quickly. When we have our everyday lives to manage, it’s not possible to make big changes from day one and expect to be able to keep everything up. Often the first thing to slip is working towards your goals, rather than work or home life.

Working with a life coach to reach your goals gives you a far better chance of success. This is because a life coach will take the time to evaluate your current lifestyle and what you want to achieve, and set achievable and measurable goals for you. Goals that don’t become overwhelming are far more likely to be achieved, which overall is encouraging and will motivate you to keep going.

Life coaching will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses

As individuals, it’s never easy to assess ourselves and gain an understanding of how to work to the best of our abilities. Often another individual is required to help us fully understand how we work, which enables us to understand our strengths and weaknesses and how to use these as positives.

For many, failing to reach goals can come down to our weaknesses, and not playing to our strengths. Working with a life coach can help you better understand these traits and how to manage them. For example, someone with negative thought patterns surrounding their own success might be able to acknowledge these thoughts to be damaging and learn to push past them.

A life coach will outline a plan to create success

Working towards a goal can be tricky. Many of us don’t know how to start and how to get from A to B, which causes us to give up quickly. A life coach will be able to set out your end goal, as well as breaking that goal down into easily manageable chunks and setting out a path to reach each milestone.

Breaking everything down makes you far more likely to reach your goals. In addition, your life coach will help you with any mental blocks that may be holding you back and can be the mental support that you need to make progress.

If you need help reaching your goals and New Year’s resolutions in 2020, don’t hesitate to get in touch and get the ball rolling.

Why should I hire a life coach?

This is a question I get to hear a lot. People usually understand what therapists, consultants, and mentors can offer them. But coaching is a profession full of myths and misconceptions. Most people I meet are confused about what coaches do exactly. But most importantly, they are not sure what coaches can do for them. If you would like to get the answer to this question, read on to discover what value a quality coach can add to your life.

Know thyself!

Greeks had it right. Knowing yourself before trying to understand the ever-changing world around us is perhaps the best gift you can give to yourself.

Anyone who runs their own business or works for a company knows how important it is to know your customer. You research customer’s likes and dislikes, their preferences, their profile, background, buying behaviour, which problem they face that your company can solve for them. A lot of time, money and efforts go into that. However, customers come and go. Me, myself and I stay. So how about investing in understanding the person with whom you will have life long relationship – yourself? How many of us stop and think about why do I get up in the morning, what is it that drives me, which values that I hold dear to my heart, what are my needs and top priorities? Most of us are just going with the flow of life and see where our college degrees, skills, and hard work take us.

Understanding who you are is the first step towards a successful, happy life. A skillful coach is your tool to gain clarity about who you are, why you do what you do and what life you want to build for yourself with talents that you possess. Through powerful questioning, you can gain a sober perspective on your strengths and weakness. Becoming aware of what you are naturally good at points you in the direction of the path you should follow in life. Whereas weaknesses represent areas of improvement that you might choose to work on to become the best version of yourself.

A coach saves you time

Every adult will go through several developmental stages in their lives. Each transition is characterized by so-called ‘growing pains’: you will be experiencing dissatisfaction in one or more areas in your life. You will be having this nagging feeling of wanting to change something and yet not knowing exactly what. These ‘growing pains’ are completely natural and to be expected. Very often though, people keep lingering in this state of dissatisfaction without having the courage to take proper action or taking actions that are superficial (like buying the latest sports car or quitting their job without a proper backup plan) and do not get to the core of the issue. This trial and error approach might work eventually. However, as a result, the transition stage can go on for months and even years before your chosen approach bears any fruit.

A quality coach saves you valuable time. The sooner you hire a coach and understand who you are, the smoother and quicker those life transitions will be. Professional coach keeps you focused on what really fulfills you and specific steps you need to take to get you there. A good coach takes you out of your head into reality. You now have someone who is supporting you on your journey towards rich and fulfilled life.

A coach helps you change your mindset

Very common theme people come with to a coach is blaming others and expecting how others should behave. People tend to blame their parents, relatives, friends, spouses, colleagues, and bosses for something not going the way they like. On the other hand, there is an expectation on how others should behave, how they should treat us, how they should apologize for hurting us, how they should make it up to us etc. If that does not happen, it only deepens our disappointment.

All of the above are positions of weakness. Coaching is not about helping people who clients have a conflict with to change their ways. Coaching is about making the client strong and resourceful. It is about changing client’s mindset to that of a person in charge of his or her own life. A person with a strong inner core who is not dependent on people’s behaviours because they have all the necessary tools to manage their own reactions, whatever life throws at them.

A coach helps you being consistent

Consistency is the key to learning a new habit, skill, language, sport. It is by constant repetition that we cement new behaviours. When you are consistent with your actions you build up right momentum to keep you going. Over time, consistent actions become new habits – something that comes naturally to you without even thinking about it. Why then not create a good habit instead of a bad one?

Ideally, your coach explores with you which new habits you want to introduce to your life and supports you in building them, step by step. Your coach checks in with you on a regular basis to make sure that you follow through with actions and there are new actions to be taken every week.

A coach keeps you accountable

Is there anyone in your life who is keeping you accountable for the direction your life is going? Perhaps, you promised yourself, that New Year is going to be the year of new beginnings and finally you are going to get that gym membership. However, life takes over and by February end you have fallen off this healthy bandwagon. Anyone is questioning you about it? Your caring family members might try to get you back on track, but somehow their tone makes you feel guilty instead of motivated.

With the coach, you have an opportunity to express yourself fully in an environment that is emotionally safe. A good coach cares about their client and wants them to accomplish goals they set for themselves. Also, your coach is there to discuss obstacles that get in the way, in a constructive and non-judgmental manner. This encourages you to take responsibility for your actions and come up with more effective ways to get to your desired destination.

“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865

How do you like your ‘somewhere’?