Don't Feel Bad About Feeling!

Updated: Apr 3

Here's to a grace-filled week mixed with struggles, achievements and virtual high-fives. It is week number 2 for the stay-at-home order in North Carolina. There is fear, anxiety, stress, transition and uncertainty floating in the air. Americans are facing hardships from layoffs or overwhelming transitional measures as we figure out work-life balance from home. Schools encourage parents to home school through the rest of the school year. And, we all just want a break from it all. So, how do we navigate through our emotions, work-life and home-life in the midst of global trauma?

There will be struggles:

Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and fear-based distraction from what you'd be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down. Don't forget to breathe! As we all remain self-quarantined we encourage you to fight the urge to rush or work past your scheduled work hours. Let yourself feel everything you're holding inside, whether it's joy, pain, heartache or exhaustion. Feel everything. And, when the feelings become unbearable turn to a trusted professional or friend to express yourself. There will be struggles, but remember that you are not alone. Accept that every day will look different for work-life and home-life. Take each moment as it is in that very moment and refrain from shooting for a picture-perfect mold. Give yourself flexibility and grace during moments of hopelessness.

There will be achievements:

Celebrate the mini milestones no matter how small they may seem. They are valid. Fill your heart with grace as we navigate through this new work and home life balance. Not every moment will be perfect. So, remind yourself of who you are and what you are capable of. For the parents that are now homeschooling their children. Remember no one expects you to be the perfect teacher and parent simultaneously. Be the best version of you and all else will fall into place as it should (children learn from parents too). Most challenges that we face we are never truly prepared for. Even if you are not sure about what you are doing or where you are going right now, you. are. ready. Have faith in the slow and little progress that gets you through each day. That same slow progress leads to big results. If eating breakfast before work is an achievement for you - yay! 2 claps for you, friend. Celebrate.

Remain true to community:

Rise and Flow has officially transitioned all yoga classes online. The studio is virtually flowing and connecting. Life is different when social interaction is dependent on the connection of your internet. We must remain true to community more than ever. Check on your neighbors, friends and family via text, video calls and social media check-ins. The amount of global trauma is growing and the best advice we have for you is to slow down and breathe. Take time to nourish what your body needs the most. Take 10 minutes, 30 minutes or even an hour to take a break and slow down. Then, when you are able to with a clear and sound mind pass a virtual high-five on to someone who needs it.

Quarantine 2020 Mantras:

"I give myself grace.

I take time for self-nourishment.

I fuel my body with breath.

I am ready."

"I trust myself.

I love myself.

I believe in myself.

I support myself."

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