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What Covid Really Left Us With

Over the past four years, life has undergone a profound transformation. Since COVID-19, there’s a heightened sense of stress that many of us still carry. The pace of life has accelerated, with an overwhelming focus on staying busy rather than truly living. In our efforts to meet our obligations, we've neglected to pause and reflect, often sacrificing our happiness and missing out on the extraordinary moments that life has to offer.



Recently, I’ve come to realise just how significant this change has been. The relentless busyness of modern life is now the norm, demanding our constant attention. It's not about telling people to do less; we all have responsibilities that we must fulfil. Instead, it’s about finding practical strategies to cope with this new reality without the added burden of heightened stress.



At our recent Embrace Your Extraordinary Retreat, the feedback was clear: many people start their day already feeling overwhelmed.


The relentless pace of modern life leaves little room for self-reflection or peace. During the retreat, we discussed the power of micro-habits, or what I like to call "mindful moments." These are small, manageable behaviours or practices that can be seamlessly integrated into our daily routines. They require minimal effort but offer significant rewards.


Mindful moments aren’t about making drastic changes to our schedules. Instead, they involve inserting brief pauses throughout the day to reconnect with ourselves amidst the chaos. Life’s constant demands can lead to a disconnect from our inner state, draining our energy and diminishing our life force. By establishing micro-habits of mindfulness, we create opportunities to check in with ourselves, assess how we’re feeling, and tune in to what we need at the moment. This practice isn’t just about mental health; it’s about optimising our energy—the very source of our power and effectiveness.




Research has shown that being in nature, or even visualising it, can significantly lower inflammation, reduce stress by 25%, and enhance feelings of relaxation and peace.


One of the simplest yet most powerful micro-habits involves connecting with nature. These effects are profound, illustrating how even a few quiet moments in a natural setting can replenish our mental, emotional, and physical reserves.


Embracing micro-habits of mindfulness isn’t about overhauling our lives; it's about enhancing them. These small, sustainable practices help preserve and replenish our energy amidst life's demands. For example, taking a five-minute walk outside, listening to the birds, feeling the wind on your face, or simply sitting quietly with your eyes closed and imagining a serene natural setting can make a significant difference. These moments allow us to pause, breathe, and reconnect with the present moment.


Another effective micro-habit is practising gratitude. Taking a few moments each day to reflect on what you are grateful for can shift your focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant in your life.

Incorporating these mindful moments into our daily routine helps us navigate the busyness of our world with greater ease. It’s important to remember the power of these small practices, not just to sustain us but to allow us to thrive. By making time for these brief pauses, we can manage our stress more effectively and find a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us.


These mindful moments are small yet powerful ways to ensure that we don’t just survive but truly live and experience the extraordinary. By nurturing our inner selves, we can better handle the external pressures and find more joy and fulfilment in our daily lives.


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