Last week, between club training, representative series and my own games to play, our family diary had 11 basketball court appearances, at seven locations. After I dropped off, my husband knew which offspring to collect from X location and deliver to Y location, or if milk was needed on his way home from work. We were diarised and synced, and today here we are: preparing for the spread of the Coronavirus.
Calls for social distancing has many of us are doing less of the things we normally do in person with others.
Gatherings are on pause, public spaces are closing, and many of us are now working from home on our own after the activation of workplace emergency response plans; today, 75% of my upcoming client workshops were cancelled or postponed, hence, my diary has become even emptier.
Even my son’s circle of life session, sex education, has been put on hold until further notice.
The internet is going wild with self-diagnosis techniques, all written by ‘leading medical experts’ – in the absence of certainty, many are seeking out information to complete our mental model of ‘usual pandemic behaviour’, resulting in the reading of click-bait articles that further contribute to anxiety and fearful behaviour – holding your breath for 10 seconds to self-diagnose of the virus has spread quicker than the actual virus…Myself, guilty of this.
Maybe you’re sitting with fear or worry about this unprecedented situation; will schools be closed, how will my leave be covered, how much food do I need, where will it come from? What about my extended family and friends, who is watching over them? Is the sniffle I have corona? Is the sniffle THEY have corona?
Connection to self and others is essential, especially during challenging times; we have our like-minded ‘tribes’ for a reason.
So, while we aren’t able to gather in-person at the moment, we can do it virtually – today I am absolutely in awe and gratitude that we live in a time where that’s possible; can you imagine living through the Spanish flu of 1918, when by chance nurses noticed a patients recovery was quicker when placed outside in the sunlight?
Coronvirus is a global example for us all to learn from, like it or not, we will all soon be experiencing the unpleasant effects of it: personally and professionally. Right now, though, is a huge opportunity for us to work on ourselves, by restructuring, adapting, changing things up, innovating and recreating.
That requires clarity.
Because your health & wellbeing is more than being illness-free I want to invite you to join me in the coming days, and weeks if need be, for some online mindful, resourceful group coaching sessions.
Together we can focus our attention, thoughts and actions to set some supportive, hopeful, and encouraging ideas on how to spend all the free time we will have, many have a bucket list of ‘if I had two weeks at home…’, the time to execute, is now.
Your unique bucket list aside, there are some realities of life we will all share: financial wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, physical health, nutritional needs and your communication with self and others.
Essentially, we’ll be establishing or maintaining panic-free independence in ourselves until we can be social again.
And I assure you, the trickle-down effect will be felt far and wide; your children, family members, remote work colleagues and friends are looking for guidance for how to act – if you don’t have a role model, be the one you wish you had.
Never have I taken Master Middle Child and Miss G out together for a bike ride, today there was no reason not to: the sun is out, nowhere to be, restless legs and with ful appreciation that being busy and distracted has become the norm, time to regroup with our crew is here.
These sessions are free – something I am so happy to be able to do to facilitate connection with others and the independence of self during this time.
Please come as you are, pj’s and all – think of it as a casual, comfortable shared space. (Feel free to share this invite with others, too!)
To participate, we’ll use Google ‘Meet’, all you need to do is provide your email to me and I’ll send you an invite for 9.15am each day – let’s start by keeping the routine consistent….
If you can’t join the lives, no worries. there will be session recordings you can access, along with links to any tools we use – I’m a hands-on girl so there will be writing exercise, breathing and physical activity content to explore!
Who am I?
I am an experienced business manager, internationally recognised lifestyle, food and wellness coach, Mindfulness coach, Mental health first aider and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. With creative program and session design, I will bring health & wellbeing (awareness and behaviour change) to workplaces that encourage and support participants to change the way they think and participate in life; to experience today while looking forward to their future.