With our current health crisis, we may find our behaviors responding from deep-rooted belief systems that go back to our childhood or beyond. You see, we inherit the belief systems of our ancestors, whether it relates to our current environment or not. When the climate turns erratic and stressful, our human instinct is to protect and control. Although this is a very sophisticated social capability, it does not always mean it is serving us best.
With the current COVID-19 restrictions, many are left at home trying to process through what is normal. What were once regular daily routines have now been taken away from the majority of us. The news reports, statistics of virus numbers, job losses, and death are all we hear in the media. There is nothing light of any mentioned. When we are faced with such extreme circumstances, emotional responses will likely occur, taking our modern-day America and shifting to a depression-era analog.
A scarcity mindset is when we allow fear to talk over our rational self. I was listening to the news the other morning for my 5-minute update, and the reporter was saying how people are packing on the pounds given COVID-19. People are at home in isolation and turning to food for comfort. The same day, I was working with a client who shared she has put on over 8 pounds since we went into quarantine. She reasoned that she could not pass the kitchen without taking a bite of something because it may no longer be there again.
Scarcity Mindset most often occurs unconsciously. We are not aware that we are responding with a scarcity mindset. The awareness may show up for you by standing on the scale and seeing the new 8 pounds gained. You may find that your pants are too tight when they fit two weeks ago. Some may never find the awareness, which will lead to life spinning out of control. Now what?
Here are some immediate exercises I want you to implement every single day during times of crisis. Step One: Write, write, write. Expressive writing will help you process and get to the root of your emotional responses. It takes more than one run at expressive writing to get deeper and to bring awareness forward. It usually takes at least four writing sprints of twenty minutes or longer to gain to the full benefit of writing—Step Two: Core movement. Move your body and wake up your core muscles. When you touch your deepest core layer of muscles, you not only strengthen physically, you release hormones that will override the sympathetic nervous system that stimulates the fight or flight stress hormones. You can find more here with my free online course that will give you some introductory exercises to help you get started.
Take time to care for yourself. Limit your news intake. Expressive write for a minimum of twenty minutes per day. Move your body to your core. These daily practices will help you process and get through any stressful situation with a more significant outcome.
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