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My "Bounce" Back

A few years ago, I had a profound spiritual awakening. I’ve always been a spiritual person but I never felt like I was on a higher frequency. When I discovered this spiritual awakening, I was able to manifest and grow into the woman I wanted to be both spiritually and physically. I dedicated myself to daily devotions, workout routines, writing, and coaching others. I felt awakened and ready for life’s challenges. But I was not prepared for 2020.

As the pandemic settled in and disrupted life as we know it. I started to lose my daily habits and routines. It was challenging for me to be consistent with my workout routines when the gyms were not available. I started to watch the news more to try and understand what was happening in the world. I began to live in fear and lost my sense of inspiration and routine.

Looking back now, I wish I would have done my research more to coach myself through this pandemic better and “bounced back” more quickly than I did. As I tell my clients, we can’t dwell in the past. I wrote this post to share how I started to bounce back and how having a routine is a healthy coping skill to manage life transitions.

Have a Daily Routine.

There is science behind having a routine and how it improves common psychological and mental health conditions including addiction and insomnia. Current research on creating new habits suggests that it takes an average of 21 days to create a new habit; this goes for routine also. A routine helps us cope with change and can reduce stress levels. When your life is organized and set in a routine, you know exactly what to expect; alleviating the symptoms of anxiety. You can create routines into your daily life in many aspects including personal, professional, and relationship levels.

On a personal level, I like to wake up early to have enough time for my daily devotions, meditation, and workout. I have found that rushing in the morning doesn’t do well for me. I like to have enough time to prepare for the day. Having a devotion first thing in the morning has helped me set my intention for the day. It has also re-started my gratitude journaling as well. Once I read my devotion, I like to journal about it and write out at least 10 things that I am grateful for. It sounds easy to do but consistently doing it every day can be challenging. Your devotion can be a daily devotional book, a quote that you read online, the bible, or an inspirational book. It just matters that it’s uplifting and can inspire you. I am also trying to finish Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty and sometimes I will read from his book in the morning to find inspiration.

Next, I like to meditate with music. Each person should find their own way to meditate. For me, meditation is closing my eyes, sitting in a comfortable position, tuning into my body, and listening to an instrumental playlist. I suggest that you give yourself at least 15–20 minutes to meditate. This will help you really get in tune with your body. Any sooner, it’s like you did a quick shut eye and that’s about it. Give yourself plenty of time to work up to this timeframe. There’s no rush. At first, meditation can feel rather silly but once you continue practicing it, the better you will feel as a whole. Your body will thank you for it. Trust me.

Before the pandemic, I would go to the gym before work. Right now, I still don’t feel safe or comfortable going to the gym to workout. I have joined an outdoor cycling class that I’ve been enjoying and hoping to eventually get back to the gym. Right now, I’m just trying to keep my body moving and do the best that I can at home. There are plenty of at home workout apps and workout routines to try online now. This part, I am still fine tuning and hoping that I will find my workout routine again.

Give yourself the grace to fine tune your routine. You may have to change it up every day until you find what works best for you. It’s normal to have to try again and again until you get it right. We are all human and just trying to bounce back after this pandemic.