This pandemic is a new and stressful situation for most of us, but it also provides us with an opportunity to embrace positive change and become our best selves…
In times of turmoil such as these, when we feel like our lives have been turned upside down, it’s easy to get depressed or feel like there is no end in sight. However, all it takes is a change of perspective to change our mindset and find the positives in any situation.
As yogis, many of us are aware of how our inner mindset affects our outer world. A regular yoga practice can help you to tap into your deep inner wisdom and reserves of strength and courage. Even simple habit changes such as practicing mindfulness daily can make a big difference in how we see the world and how we feel about our lives.
While it may not be fun to be stuck at home all the time, or to be isolated from friends and loved ones, why not take this opportunity to work on ourselves and enact positive changes in our lives?
Below are a few tips for embracing positive change and growing into our best selves when things get tough:
When you’re engaged in the process of growth, it’s tempting to want to take giant leaps and make a splash. But when our grand visions lack practical steps we’re often left feeling immobilized and defeated. Right now many of us are feeling pressure to “succeed” at staying in. We convince ourselves we’re wasting time if we don’t do something big—launch a side gig, conquer an athletic goal, or complete a complicated home project.
However, measuring our success by the number of participants in our group video chats or recipes we’ve made from scratch isn’t going to serve us. We know deep down that these aren’t real indicators of our growth. Moving our bodies, connecting with others, and finding creative outlets are wonderful things, but not if we’re putting pressure on ourselves to simply check off a box. Real growth means moving when our bodies need it and resting when that feels right. It’s engaging in activities that feed our soul rather than the ones that promise the most likes.
This is new territory for all of us, so it’s crucial that we show ourselves kindness. Perhaps some of us would be better served by taking time for rest, planning, and incubation. However, if you’ve been truly bitten by the motivation bug, that’s great! Just keep in mind that it can come in waves. Check in with yourself, do what you can with what you have, and recognize that your productivity will swell and shrink. Remember—the best measure of success will always be how good you feel inside.
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