Did the clap on Thursday make you emotional?

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It did me! I stood at my front door and clapped along with most of my neighbours - it was such an amazing moment, a feeling of appreciation for everyone who is holding our country together. And such a moment of unity too.

I didn’t even know what some of my neighbours looked like!

We’re all in this together!

We really are, and it really felt like it too. 

My sister, who is a children’s social worker, my friend Manda who is a Personal Trainer and myself a coach and a children’s nurse have come together to create a free resource for ALL key workers. We’ve done this for a number of reasons, one that all three of us believe in being inclusive, two that we can feel the intensity of this pandemic on all of our key workers and also between us, we have the knowledge and skills to be able to help and support our key workers.

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Mindfulness, A taster.

One of the things I teach inside this free online program is about mindfulness. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is about bringing all of your senses and your awareness  to the present moment. The principal behind it is that the past is already behind us and the future hasn’t happened yet so all we really have is the present moment.

I also teach a mindfulness activity. It’s a common exercise and one that you can use anywhere, and it’s easy to remember - as long as you can count backwards from 5 ;-) 

If you are feeling anxious or nervous,  take a moment to use the 5,4,3,2,1 method. This simple technique can be used any time. It can ground you to the present moment and allow you to relax, even just a little bit.

Let’s practice it now for when we really need it! 

  1. Where you’re sitting, take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.  
  2. Firstly notice 5 things you can see, maybe your computer screen is one, your hands?
  3. Now notice 4 things you can touch, your keyboard, your arm maybe?
  4. Moving on now to 3 things you can hear, maybe you can hear birds outside?
  5. Now notice 2 things you can smell, you shampoo?, some hand cream?
  6. And finally notice one thing you can taste, maybe the last thing you ate.

How do you feel? 

By bringing your awareness back to your present moment whilst you are washing your hands for example, it's going to allow that stretched elastic band to release it’s stretch, even just a little.

If you are a keyworker or you know someone who is a key worker, then sign up here, or share this link FREE key worker resilience and strength resource - we want to share it far and wide!

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