Looking at our bookshelf and finding “All That Is Solid Melts into Air”, we found the title seems all too appropriate for what we are all experiencing in our own way around the globe in this crisis. The things that we thought we knew to be a bedrock of our society, how we live and experience this world are being shaken to their core. This ‘health’ crisis is already having and will continue to have for some time unimaginable consequences in so many areas of our lives including our daily habits, whether we can work and the way that work is done, the environment we live within and our global economies. The things that we once thought were unshakeable continue to be shaken only 12 years after the last global crisis.
It can be overwhelming and scary to see it all unfolding in front of your eyes, but beyond the chaos, there is also goodness at play here. Behind those closed doors you see throughout town are worn out people slowing down, families learning how to connect in new ways, citizens on their balconies connecting in song and others reaching out to those in need in new ways.
The times we’ve been living in for too long have not been conducive to slowing down, to allowing oneself to understand what they need to build themselves up rather than tear themselves down. Self-care may sound like some foreign word that could never pertain to you – heck, you just don’t have time for it! But it’s in times like these where not having some form of self-care to act as a safety net, it’s so easy to spiral out of control. If you’re not used to doing so, now is the time to start taking care of yourself first and foremost, while of course still positively impacting those you love and others whose lives you touch. With so much fear, uncertainty and upheaval kicked into our faces, we must support ourselves and each other to find the stability we need rather than wait for it to show up in the world around us.
You might say to yourself, but how can I make this happen? There are infinite ways to do this, but a few ideas of how to get started are:
/ get back to work on personal projects you’ve never gotten around to / use your kitchen as your creative studio / notice things like how the afternoon sun shines in your home or the smile on your child’s face when they do something they’re proud of / read ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron to unblock your creativity / start doing yoga or meditation / connect with a family member or friend who means a lot to you but you haven’t talked to in months / clean your house, it can be a soul-satisfying act to release stress / rediscover the activities that bring you pleasure / make a fresh pot of herbal tea / write out what’s going on for you to work through anxiety / reconnect with the joy that your friends and family bring you in new ways / take a hot bath or shower / give yourself a break if you don’t have it all together, no one ever does all of the time and now is a time to cut yourself a lot of slack / feel what the uncertainty looming over you means for you specifically and figure out what you can actually do to make your situation better and let go of everything out of your control /
We might not have the right suggestions for you specifically, but seek out ways that you connect with most. We all have constraints right now, but use your creativity to gain perspective, process what’s going on for you, find compassion for yourself and those around you while liberating yourself in a whole new way.
What do we know about all of this you may ask?
Creating personal resilience is something we’re passionate about. Having worked in startups throughout our careers and felt the compounded impact that they had on our lives. After a decade of life in London, work and city life took their toll and we knew we had to find something different. Not knowing exactly what was needed, we went on a journey – both physical and inward to find what we needed.
We physically moved twice, across continents, in just over 15 months. And in finding a place we connected with, we found that the slower pace of life surrounding us allowed us to slow down internally to find a new equilibrium, one that our inner selves help us find versus an imbalance dictated by society or others. It allowed us to heal wounds that prevented us from having a solid foundation. It helped us to identify limiting beliefs, unwire them and understand what actually allows us to thrive.
But we’re no different to you and each of our journeys are never ending. We all have our struggles and our concerns, but we can take the time to identify and change things that no longer work for us. In these uncertain times, it’s easy to focus purely on concerns (worrying about how you’re going to pay your bills, whether you’ll have a job tomorrow or in months to come, how you’ll take care of an ailing parent or what you’re going to do with your kids cooped up in the house for weeks on end) and while these are real, valid concerns to have, we implore you – for your own sake and for those around you – that in addition to dealing with the concrete things you need to do, that you also take some time for yourself and others to care. Care in new ways, old ways, but make it happen. There is so much at stake for you, your sanity and the world around you. We all need you to find calm, be kind and find inner stability. In times like these, there is no better time than now!
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