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Here we are. Week (what year are we in again) ??? of being stuck in quarantine but also somewhat coming out of it. To be honest, some days it’s hard to tell what’s going on. For some of us, restrictions have been lifted and things are starting to go back to “normal” (well, the new normal that is). For others, we’re still very much in “the Q.”
We’ve been hearing and talking more and more about “coming out of the Q” but, let’s be honest–it’s more like, how to come out of, return to, somewhat come out of, somewhat return to…… spin in circles, try to figure it out and do it all over again….more circles. It can feel almost impossible to generate any sort of routine when life is feeling so not routine. We’re here to help. Let’s get out of the winless game of “dizzy bat” shall we?
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again–change, it’s the only constant, isn’t it? We adjust and we pivot. We pivot and we adjust. Nothing new here in terms of the process. It’s been the exact processes we’ve taught and guided our clients through, however now we just have to apply the process to something new. This new environment, this time, it’s jolted us to reexamine truths. To reexamine our mistruths, beliefs, actions, inactions, and more.
We have a process we coach for transforming the very energies that seem counterproductive into energies that can be applied productively (changing emotional reactions to intentional actions.) And it’s exactly what we are doing, now. There are really 4 simple steps to navigating life limbo:
Step 1: Awareness of an issue.
Step 2: Releasing what doesn’t contribute to growth.
Step 3: Replacing it with what aligns with our goals.
Step 4: Reflect, assess, adjust, and repeat the cycle (pivot, adjust, pivot, adjust…).
Let’s make it even simpler:
What’s so cool about the 4 Step Method is that it doesn’t just apply to emotions and thoughts, it can be applied to all aspects (or the three pillars if you will!) of your life. Mindset (mind), gut health (belly), MOVE.ment (body).
To give you a better sense of how you can apply these tools, we wanted to take a look at some scenarios that you may be facing IRL.
Your workout routine is completely off. Finding time to MOVE. your body has been difficult and you aren’t putting time aside for yourself.
Awareness: recognize the emotions and thoughts that come up for you when faced with this scenario.
- What is popping up?
- What old stories or messages might this be from?
- How does this serve me?
- Think of the different ways that MOVE.ment serves you–and not just physically, but mentally as well.
Detox: release all of those thoughts or emotions that do not serve you
- What am I willing to let go of to create change?
- Are there limiting thoughts or emotions that you’re allowing to hold you back? What are the deep-rooted reasons that you’re lacking motivation or lacking the discipline to set aside the (very necessary) time for yourself?
- Where can I choose to release things that keep me stuck?
- Let go of all that s**t that you don’t need!
Power: with all of this new space you’ve created post-detox, you have the opportunity to replace it with some incredible energy.
- What empowering, growth-producing energy can I replace the detoxed energy with?
- Maybe you previously allowed yourself to have a scarcity mindset. You know, the one where you told yourself you didn’t have the time to move your body. It was selfish of you to set aside time for yourself (disclaimer: it is NOT selfish to set aside time for yourself but entirely necessary. You can’t pour from an empty cup).
Sustain/Maintain: what does movement look like to you?
- You might not stick with something you don’t enjoy (and let’s be real, if a workout isn’t fun, we’re doing it wrong!). Yes, there might be times in a HIIT session or a run where things get tough but you know enough to know that you’re going to get through (hello mental hype!).
- Make a commitment to yourself.
- Allow yourself permission to fully disconnect from everything but you and your movement.
Ok, let's practice.
Your boss wants you to start working from the office again.
The decision lies in your hands but you’re unsure what to do.
Ready to implement the 4-Step Method?
Awareness: What thoughts or emotions arise when you think about the two decisions you could make?
Detox: You make a decision. Release any thoughts or negative emotions surrounding this decision. Release those “what if’s” were you to take the other option. Step fully into the decision you’ve made (trust your track!).
Power: The decision has been made. Focus your energy on moving forward with it. The positives. Remember, you have all this extra space now–how can you replace it with badass, growth-inducing energy?
Sustain/Maintain: In this case, you might ask yourself, how can I continue to hold myself accountable? How can I continue to implement this process?
So, here you are. Fully aware, owning your power and ready to take on the world. Or, in this case, ready to take on another day spent working at home, balancing being a full-time parent, teacher, partner, finding time for yourself, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, being kind to your gut and getting in daily MOVE.ment...all while navigating a pandemic.
We’re here to tell you, to remind you, YOU’VE GOT THIS.
You’ve got you and we’ve got you.
Hold on to the 4-Step Method and change those emotional reactions to intentional actions.