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Yoga Girl Daily - April 13th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Self-Love, Healing, Intention Setting, Make It Happen Monday

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Is your mind telling you that you need to be more productive during this pandemic? Are you feeling guilty because you’re not coming up with a new business idea, writing that novel, or exercising more with all this free time?

Here is a truth: right now we are in the midst of a crisis. This is not a time to stress about bettering yourself. This is a time to take care of yourself and survive.

Tune in as Rachel shares how to cut yourself some slack.

We will find a new normal after this, but not right now.

Right now, what you are doing is enough.


[00:44] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and happy Monday! I hope you've had a beautiful weekend, or at the very least, an okay weekend and that it actually feels like Monday to you wherever you are. I'm finding that one of the most challenging things for me is that feeling like each day blurs into the next. I really miss the feeling of Monday being a proper Monday, so hoping that you get to feel like it's a fresh week, like it's a fresh day, that we have some new potential and opportunity coming our way this week. This week I have an intention for us collectively that I think we all really need right now. For me, this is becoming day 30-something of social isolation. So many of us have been inside distancing or in quarantine for a really, really long time now, and at least for me, I'm starting to get that inner feeling of I need to do more than I'm doing. And sometimes that voice is actually true.

[01:54] If I've spent too much time laying on the couch or if I'm feeling sluggish, it's really good to get up and move some energy around. But over the past couple of days I've really had that feeling, or that inner critical voice I think more, tell me that I should be more productive. Especially when I'm following people on social media or on Instagram that are right now, you know, taking this time of isolation to be more productive than they have ever been in their lives. I'm seeing people who have started new businesses or are completely redecorating their house or you know, taking advantage of the situation in really big ways that are going to somehow change their lives. And I think a lot of this probably is an illusion. And what it leaves me with is this feeling of absolute stress that I need to be productive right now.

[02:42] I need to be much more productive than I than I possibly am. And actually I should not be, you know, on the couch or, or doing pointless things. You know, my mind likes to tell me that the things I do in the middle of isolation, that they're pointless. And the more I listen to this voice, this inner critical, the more stressed and unsettled I feel. So I would like to take this moment right now to remind each of us and also myself that what we're doing right now, the space we're in right now, this is not a staycation. This is not some sort of chosen vacation from our day to day life. This is a crisis. We are in the middle of a crisis right now. We are in the middle of a global pandemic. It's affecting us in so many huge, huge, huge ways and we are all grieving our normal day to day lives at this moment.

[03:32] So this is not a time to be productive. This is not a time to excel or exceed or succeed or perform. This is a time to take care of ourselves. This is a time to survive. We are surviving this time right now. So please, whatever you do right now, don't get caught up in that illusion that you need to be productive right now or that you need to have the next great big business idea. No. All you have to do right now is to take care of yourself and your family. Do whatever you have to do to get by. Take care of your physical health. Take care of your mental health. Take care of your loved ones. That alone is it. So, our collective intention is: This week I will cut myself some slack. This week I will cut myself some slack. Soften into what's happening right now.

[04:30] Really remind yourself of the fact that this is not normal, even though by day 30-something our minds, you know, are beginning to think that this is just normal new life. This is not normal. This is not new life. This is all temporary. We will find a new normal after this, but right now you don't have to be productive right now. What you are doing is enough. So, cut yourself some slack. Cut yourself some slack. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself to slow down, to soften, to cry, to feel, to grieve everything that needs to be grieved in this moment. You do not have to be productive. Cut yourself some slack and remind yourself of the fact that what you're doing right now is more than enough. Wishing you a soft, gentle, open hearted week ahead. I hope you are taking care of yourself and just that beautiful reminder once more that you are enough, you are doing the best you can. Thank you so much for setting this very important intention. I think when we set this intention for ourselves, we will also be able to remind the people around us. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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