“In COVIDland there is no place for judgment if we want to have a healthy environment.”
In a time of unprecedented things, I’ve added to the list. Before this week’s show, I drank coffee!
Gasp! It was decaf, but still!
It’s unheard of because I never drink coffee, but as we gear up for the school year and prepare ourselves and our children for the unpredictable, we all need a little something to keep us sane.
That’s why I was so excited to chat with Elizabeth Atwell this week. Her business is called Empowering Transformation, and she is a life and health coach.
She’s going to give us some tips on how to maintain good health both physically and mentally as we get school started.
Having 4 children of her own (grown! 25, 23, 21 and 19) and being that she’s been a teacher herself, Elizabeth speaks from a place of knowledge and experience.
She acknowledges as human beings we are in need of certainty to feel secure. We don’t have certainty right now. So we have no choice but to let go of control.
It’s best if we just take one day at a time. Because tomorrow could be turned completely upside down! She says we just can’t worry about the future.
Easier said than done! Right?!?
We certainly don’t want to go on any future tripping. She emphasizes the importance of staying present, especially with our kids. If we’re stressed out, our kids will be stressed out, and we trap ourselves into a vicious cycle.
One thing we can control is the stories we tell ourselves. Elizabeth says it is human nature for our minds to go immediately to the worst-case scenario.
The good thing to remember is that we have the conscious choice to lean into the positive. Sure, you can let yourself spin into the negative. But in a technique Elizabeth calls ‘stacking’ we have the option to stack positive thoughts instead of the negative.
We really have to make a conscious effort in what we are telling ourselves no matter what the situation.
Stacking, according to Elizabeth, has a waterfall effect. Language is powerful. So the words we tell ourselves (thoughts) impact the words we speak out loud and impact our actions. So if they start positive in our minds, our spoken words will be positive and our actions will be as well!
In general, it’s important to remember that in what Elizabeth calls, ‘COVIDland’ there is no place for judgment if we want to have a healthy environment. No judgment toward anyone in how we are navigating the unknown. Everyone’s doing the best they can for their situation.
Right now, she especially recommends suspending judgment and approach everyone with compassion. Everyone has their own story so BE COMPASSIONATE!!
So there are two levels to health that Elizabeth touched on.
First, physical health. She recommends three tips: 1. Drink water (½ your body weight in ounces) 2. Get adequate sleep 3. Maintain a nutritional diet (count chemicals and eat as clean as possible).
Second, is mental and emotional health. She recommends 1. Tame the stories in your head 2. Practice positive stacking 3. Give yourself grace 4. Take a 5 min break every couple of hours even if it means hiding in the bathroom to take a few deep breaths.
Most importantly, apply the oxygen mask theory to yourself. Just like we are told to put on our own masks before we help others when we are on planes, it’s the same with self-care. If we don’t take care of ourselves first then we won’t be able to take care of anyone else.
My own little tidbit: Having a routine and schedule for both myself and my kid is key!
That’s been a gamechanger!
Check out the video above for the whole interview!
If you want to talk more about healthy habits for the mind and body or if you just need some positivity right now, let’s set up a time to chat!