Do you struggle when you feel you are not in control? For many of us, feeling grounded helps our emotional wellbeing, and when our sense of control is taken away from us due to unknown circumstances it is not easy. As we all know, the last few years have been filled with uncertainties and a lack of control, and we have all faced enormous obstacles along the way! Whether struggling to find a routine amongst the pandemic, losing connection with others, or the fear of getting sick, we have all had our ups and many downs.

Being mindful of what we can control is a great strategy for feeling grounded, and knowing that you can control a lot in your daily life even when so much is unknown. 

Today, I want to talk about the things we have control over amongst the many uncertainties:

  • Turning off the news
  • Eating healthy
  • Taking a break from social media 
  • Exercising
  • Connecting with others that bring you joy
  • Starting a new hobby
  • Your attitude
  • Your kindness  

Here are some strategies that I have incorporated into my life that have helped me feel grounded:

  • Mediating
  • Walking
  • Listening to music/podcasts
  • Reading 
  • Less time on social media

Overall, making time for people and things you love and choosing joy each day is important. 

Remember that you are doing amazing, and even if you are just getting out of bed each day, that is a lot because the world is a heavy place right now. We have to give ourselves grace and reflect on how hard everything around us has been. You are doing amazing!!

I hope after reading these strategies, you can create a practice of mindfulness to feel grounded and in control.

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