Created: Wednesday, 10 February 2021 Written by June Carnell

Finding your way in challenging times

We all have challenging times; it is part of our human experience. What one person finds a challenge another person might not, but what can we do to help ourselves navigate our way through?

We have stepped into February once again. To be honest this has never been my favourite month. I have been aware since my mid-twenties that I don’t feel as positive or as energised in this month. It feels like I have used up all the goodness and happiness that I stored from summer and the dismal weather and lower amounts of daylight make me less buoyant.

Many people are finding things challenging at the moment, maybe you are like me and you find these winter months tricky or maybe you are caught in circumstances that make you sad, despondent, anxious and not sure how to navigate your way through it. In this post I am going to share a simple, easy, non-expensive way to return yourself to a more happy and balanced state.

A simple but effective way to find your way back to feeling good

Recently a fab idea on how to find the way through this challenging month popped up and I thought I would share with you. You most probably already know this but it never hurts to have a reminder.

Quite simply make a list of 12 things that pick you up and to have that list available for those days when skipping with joy is not an option.

Here are some things from my list of 12:

Singing my fav songs quite loudly in the car or at home

Dancing around wildly to my fav songs

Having a big, heart connecting hug with my husband

Putting on my cosy clothes and snuggling up with a cuppa and a good book

Everyday feel good activities

None of these things are remarkable or extraordinary but they are so good. Most of the 12 things on my list can be done at home or from home, they cost nothing and their effects are felt straight away. I love the simplicity of it and the fact that they truly make me feel better.

Why not try this for yourself, create your own list and go to it when you recognise you feel down, stressed, overwhelmed or worried and see if you feel better.

Quite a lot of my pick me ups were physical activities where I literally move emotions in, around and out of my body. Nothing quite like a free style dance to Saturday Night Fever to get rid of the grumps! From a physical point of view all that activity oxygenates the blood and impacts the movement of blood and lymph, it acts like a big boost to all my systems. Exercise it seems is a win win situation. It is not always easy to find the motivation if you feel low or stressed but I try to remember how good I’ll feel afterwards and that gets me moving.

Get out of your head space and back into your heart

Many of my activities take me out of my head and away from over thinking and places me back in my heart centre where my stillness lies. This place of stillness is where I feel reassured that everything is ok and will be ok. There is nothing wrong with feeling a whole range of emotions and I happily accept these wobbles as a natural response to what is going on. The important thing is to allow yourself to feel the emotions and then take action to get back to your stillness and balance as that is key to your well-being.

Thinking of you and sending tons of love, I hope your list of 12 things help you navigate your challenging times with more ease.

I am feeling called to write an introductory post on living intuitively so if you are interested please check back in here over the next couple of weeks.

Love and big hugs,


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