When your entire world gets pulled from under your feet, is hard to choose where to begin to tell the tale - there is so much that can be said and in so many different ways.
What I want to focus on is a sense of connection and hope for those women in the UK who have family and beloved ones all over the world.
If you live in a different country to the one your family and beloved ones, you'll be worrying and fearing what they might be experiencing over there, you might be fearful of losing them, or you might wonder when you'll be able to see them again.
Following the unravelling of a pandemic in different countries at the same time can be distressing.
It's hard to keep up the pace with the news and health advice in one country, let alone doing so in two or more countries, at the same time.
Processing this new reality, while also adjusting to working from home or finding ways to pivot your business can be distressing, and, if you have to do it while also potentially homeschooling your children, it might be just unbearable.
To be able to process, shift and rise to this new challenge, is very important to take extra care of yourself in the upcoming months, especially if you have your feet (and heart!) in two countries.
I'd like to share some gentle reminders first, followed by an offer of 30mins FREE call with me - time to wobble and find calm again.
Gentle reminders and creative suggestions
Focus on what you can control
We have never been so plugged into the news, information and updates as we are lately. Stay informed, but really limit your engagement with the news and social media - you know as well as I do what it's doing to our mental health and energy just now.
Prioritise your wellbeing
Creating a soft structure and gentle goals may help. Focussing on self-care, mindfulness and movement can be a great way to do this. I've enjoyed sticking this to-do list on the fridge, a to-do list for wellbeing in isolation, developed by Lindsay Braman, a psychologist based in Settle. It honours the body, soul and essential tasks each day so it works for me but if to-do lists aren't for you, then just leave it behind.
Download a printable worksheet via www.lindsaybraman.com
Find new ways of connecting with your loved ones
Near or far, make your loved ones a regular feature of your routine. Connect via WhatsApp or video call and create new bonding times.
Physical distancing and digital closeness
It's absolutely wonderful that we can all connect digitally with one another and this can help us meet that need for connection that we human beings have, however, make an effort to build in time away from your phone and screen every day. Screen time can be disruptive of sleep, attention span and can contribute to feeling anxious.
So while digital closeness is a resource, also remember to get back to pen and paper, growing a plant, tending a pet, cloud watching.
If you'd like to have a chat with me about developing specific strategies for your personal situation and your loved ones around the world, then let's have a conversation.
There is no pressure whatsoever or push to buy any coaching. Just help.
From my heart to yours, we can do this, we can change how we've done things in the past and make our lives stronger.