Life can throw up countless challenges, but what can we do to help ourselves and others navigate these difficult times?
Here’s three items for your Save your Sanity starter kit:
1. Limit your exposure to news.
Treat your consumption of daily news as a light snack, not a state banquet. You might even try a three day fast from it. If anything major happens, like the UK deciding to keep a Prime Minister for longer than three months, your friends will let you know.
2. Plan happy.
Draw up a list of activities that put a smile on your face – preferably ones that are legal. Then write a list of names of people who always make you feel better about life when you’ve connected with them.
Now look at both lists and ask yourself: How often do I do these activities and connect with these people? If you think you don’t have time remember this phrase from Ed, one of my SUMO team:
‘Self care isn’t an indulgence, it’s an investment.’
We need to have things to look forward to, no matter how small. So don’t hope for happy times, plan them.
3. Focus on what’s achievable.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with issues that are out of our control – so be very intentional about focusing on what’s in your control.
For me, that means aiming to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. I’m also very deliberate about what I read and listen to. If you’re a fan of podcasts can I recommend these two in particular: The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox and Robin Ince, and The High Performance Podcast with Jake Humphrey and my friend Damian Hughes.
So what’s in your control that you can do every day to help yourself?
There are countless other tools and ideas that form our ‘Save your Sanity’ self help kit, but there are three for starters.
Which one is most important for you to focus on right now?
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Until next time.
The SUMO Guy