Choosing in Difficult Times

The pandemic spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has stirred up so much panic and fear across the world. With “Stay Home Safe” orders, our daily life styles are forced to change also. In particular, we have to be alone with ourselves and face those unwanted emotions pushed aside when busy running around before.

What do we do in this trying times? We exercise the power of choice.

1. Find time to move. Our bodies are designed to move. Without going to the gym, we can still exercise, dance, shake, stretch, and even run in place. Any movement for 20 minutes can help breaking lousy emotional states.

You are invited to experience free movement feedback if you haven’t done it before.

2. Choose happiness. We can choose calm and peace whenever the fearful thoughts or the urge to check news come up. Some would say that it is easy said than done. Yes, so try different ways. It may help to bring up the scene when you went on a vacation and felt really peaceful. Engaging all senses also help you stay at the present moment. Choose to see the beauty or be grateful in a situation. We rewire our reactivity by changing how we react a little bit at a time. Eventually repetition makes it easier to choose happiness in the future.

3. Do something new. It is a good time to learn something new or get better at something that you never get around to it before. My husband working at home has been practicing badminton serve in the living room during breaks. After 5 days of practice, his serve goes much farther and consistent. He figured out the trick to release the ball right before hitting instead of releasing the ball too early before.

In the video below, Caroline Myss discusses the little choices we repeatedly make at the privacy of our own company are way more important than what we think as big decisions such as marriage, divorce, buying a house, etc. The insight from the video may help us to make better choices.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay happy!

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