Clearing out the noise is essential for this time of year. With so much chaos in the world around us I’ve found myself needing it more than ever.
Chaos and noise
It’s important to me to stay grounded and very real with you, my precious reader. This is more of a personal message in hopes I help you, if you’re feeling the same noise.
I don’t know about you but I’ve found myself surrounded by more noise than ever this year. It’s easy for this to be the case with a raging pandemic and constantly being confined to home, whether alone or with our family.
We’ve all had to find new normals in our lives. Some of us completing starting over because of the effects of the pandemic.
Personally, I’ve found it a blessing to be home with family but it’s certainly had its moments. We’ve all had to adjust to different noise and activity levels none of us were used to before. Not to mention homeschooling and remote working.
While I’ve seen a benefit in not having to go into an office on a regular basis, I’ve also been dealing with health issues.
I previously wrote a post about my discovery of having a gluten and dairy intolerance, but since then my stomach issues have been fighting against me in ways I never imagined.
While I’m still going through numerous and what feels like never ending medical tests, it’s been very easy to get down about my health.
Every day I feel sick to some extent. I don’t say this for pity, I say it because I’ve found myself trapped in a cycle of defeating thoughts. These are defeating thoughts that create unnecessary noise in my life.
I find myself so deep living in the “what if” world and constantly researching my medical issues that it can be hard to be in the present moment.
It can be a dangerous place to be so desperate for answers for your future health that you don’t realize what it’s doing for your current health.
Being in the present moment clears out the noise
I am very thankful to have a profession in the personal development/self-help world but even those of us who do have off moments where we need reminders.
Luckily for me, my honey is my rock. I used to bottle up feelings and thoughts of chaos and noise, which only led to frustration and confusion in the end. Now, when I’m feeling flooded with unnecessary noise in my head, I sit down and tell Jeffrey what’s going on.
He’s fantastic at bringing me back to the present moment and playing through scenario’s. Sometimes our thoughts can be our own worst enemy.
While it is my work to help others break down barriers and get unstuck through my coaching, everybody needs somebody, even coaches.
Being in the present moment can be really hard but it’s essential for clearing out the noise.
Try these things to be in the present moment:
- Three – four times a day, stop what you’re doing and focus on where you are at. If you are sitting in a chair, notice how your body feels from your head all the way down to your toes. Release any tense muscles (muscle by muscle) along the way.
- When you feel overwhelmed, find a quiet place where no one (including electronics) will disturb you. Close your eyes and inhale to the count of four, hold to the count of four and exhale to the count of four. Do this four times and notice how relaxed you feel afterward.
- Put away the social media and read a book, a physical book – not an electronic one. Give those eyes a break from screen time!
How I’m clearing out the noise this weekend
Yesterday, after I told Jeffrey how I was feeling he suggested I go to a quiet place, read a few articles he sent me on rest and write down what I not only wanted, but NEEDED over the next 24 hours, nothing more.
I wrote down how I felt physically and mentally then wrote this:
Over the next day I would like to:
- Find and read a good self-help memoir
- Write a new blog post and newsletter
- Watch shows/movies and snuggle with my honey (snuggling is the best!)
- What you feed grows!
- There are seven types of rest, not just sleep
- Listen to your body, mind AND soul, not just one.
Today I’ve found myself battling my normal go mode but successfully overcoming the urge to be DOING rather than resting.
Summary – clearing out the noise
If you’re feeling chaos around you this time of year, try the things I mentioned above. You’re not alone and practicing mindfulness will clear out the noise and bring you back to the present moment.
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