We are all very aware of the significant events occurring in our world right now. Understandably there is a collective energy force of fear rapidly spreading too as a result. And although many of us know that fear itself weakens our immune system, it can feel very challenging not to be consumed by fear because it is a primal, survival response.
What we can do however is build and strengthen our inner resources to support us during such difficult times. So many people struggle without a core resilience for life’s great challenges. Through no fault of their own, their life and sense of self has been built upon a weak foundation. Therefore when a crises occurs either personal or global, they very quickly find themselves battered and overwhelmed by the storms of life and the related feelings of fear, anxiety and even panic can take over.
On The Bridge Retreat we work with the metaphor of a tent to highlight that if we don’t have the basic ‘tent pegs’ for our life firmly fixed into the ground, then we, just like an untethered tent, will either collapse or indeed blow away in the storm. Each tent peg represents a simple and yet essential basic requirement for building a firm foundation and developing strong inner resources to weather the storms of life.
Below we offer you the six tent pegs to support you in keeping your own tent firmly tethered! Stay safe and well.
TENT PEG ONE – SLEEP
Making sure you get enough rest and sleep is key to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Simple and yet so important. Creating a sleep preparation routine can be highly effective to enable your mind and body to switch off, relax and fall into deep restful sleep. The preparation includes turning off all gadgets at least half an hour before bedtime and keeping them out of the bedroom. Dimming the lights, a warm bath, listening to soothing music or guided meditations and regular bed and wake up times are all helpful. Magnesium is also a great supplement to help you sleep. Sweet dreams!
TENT PEG TWO – EXERCISE
No surprises here that exercise is such a key part of building our own strong foundations, especially in such sedentary times. Many of us spend hours in front of screens with sitting described as ‘the new smoking’ by The World Health Organisation. So get up, get active, get moving. Even if you simply put on some music and shake your body for five minutes, you will feel the difference in your energy levels. There are so many online gym and yoga classes now so no excuses! Dancing is also a great workout. Find what works for you and commit to it. Regular movement throughout the day is key. Set your watch to ensure you get up and stretch at least every hour. If possible schedule in daily walks or runs alongside your other exercise routine.
TENT PEG THREE – NUTRITION
A simple reminder of the importance of nutrition in helping to sustain a holistically healthy lifestyle. There is a lot of new research showing how depression and anxiety can stem in part from the gut. So if this is an area of your life you struggle with in terms of self care, do consider working with a nutritionist or there’s some great books and free online guidance to get you on track. There are also lots of online cooking classes or you could dig out the recipe books, listen to some music and create some wonderful food. Also just a reminder that nutrition extends beyond food to all areas of your life. Ask yourself how nutritious are your relationships, your choices and your thoughts? What do you need to do differently here?
“Discovering more joy does not save us from the inevitability of hardship and heartbreak. In fact, we may cry more easily, but we will laugh more easily too. Perhaps we are just more alive. Yet as we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreaks without being broken.”