"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time"
~ Abraham Lincoln
It is a great time for simplifying our lifestyle and following natural rhythms. This can be very helpful in regaining peace during times of chaos. Breaking things down in one step at a time increments makes our lives much more manageable. Increments allow us to feel prepared in mastering adversity, and this can be a 2 weeks at a time timeline, day by day, or even one minute at a time increments. We are all capable of finding inner peace amidst a storm. When we experience anxiety, become overwhelmed with worry or feel saturated emotions rising, we can get trough one minute at a time, by using anchoring thoughts and techniques:
Think of an emotion you would like to anchor (confidence, maintaining calm and peace, feeling carefree, feeling connected to your empathy, remaining open to the unknown...).
Remember a time when you felt this way.
Think of an anchor that you would like to use and associate a gesture or sensory input to it ("The smell of freshly baked bread brings back memories of a happy carefree childhood").
Recall the emotion you wish to anchor and "be there", don't look at it from a distance, engage your body and senses with the thought.
Repeat the anchor over and over, the more you do the stronger it gets.
Get through that minute and feel better for a little while, repeat as needed!
The ARTrelief Team
Photo by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash - Person underwater holding anchor scale model