A&A How To Stay Positive When Everything Is Uncertain
End of Week #46
Verde Ranch RV Resort, Camp Verde AZ > Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu City AZ
Miles traveled since last week's post = 249 Total miles traveled to date = 7,158 with trailer
After all that time in Camp Verde and we have finally started our route to California - we have finally moved on! It does feel weird to be in a new place and to have said goodbye to our 'home' from the past 9 weeks, but with every new place comes new energy and new experiences. And I'm not going to lie, we are loving everything about Lake Havasu and can totally see why this is a popular retirement destination. We have also just learned that it's referred to as "Arizona's playground" and that couldn't be more fitting for this entire area. It's obviously too bad that a majority of things are closed right now, but in a lot of ways life feels "normal" here too. In the campground people are boating, jet skiing, having bonfires, walking their dogs, and sitting in lawn chairs. All within proper distance of course, but that's beside the point. The point is people are happy here, they are enjoying themselves and making the best of the situation they have been dealt. They are outside, getting sunshine and exercise, and doing their best to continue to live their lives.
We are extremely grateful for the Arizona Governor, and AZ State Parks for their decision to remain open during everything that is going on in the world. Most states have closed their park systems and displaced thousands of RVers to try to find somewhere to go. There might be a lot of weekend warriors here in Arizona, but there are still so many fulltimers just like us that are trying to do their best to keep living this nomadic life in the unknown. On the way to Lake Havasu we drove by what must have been HUNDREDS of RVers in the middle of nowhere, camping on free BLM land. I've never seen so many people in the middle of nowhere before on our journey at all.
I've been thinking a lot lately how different everything is now while traveling than it was the last time we traveled, over 2 months ago. The energy is so much heavier and so much more uncertain than it ever was before. The roads are more empty, everything looks so quiet and closed up and it's uncomfortable even. I've been actively working on more ways to maintain my own positive state of mind throughout everything going on, and it's no easy task these days, but it's an important one nonetheless.
5 Ways To Maintain A Positive Light When Everything Around You Is Uncertain
Uncertainty is present in all of our lives in different ways, and collectively we are all trying to navigate it and figure out the best route to take to mentally & physically survive it. What uncertainty looks like for you right now is going to be a lot different than how it looks for me. But regardless of our differences, we are all still in this thing together. And it's important we stay positive and optimistic about the way our futures will go so that we can better get through this extreme life transition.
The biggest things Adam and I are working through is the future of where we will go, how we will go there, and ultimately - when. We have had so many RV parks close, National Parks close, and plans with friends cancelled. We are unsure the state of our planned summer workamping position and free place to stay, and we have no idea what it will be like to travel through the dreaded California. We don't know where we will be come July, and how this will affect finances, future travel plans, and our livelihoods - but we aren't letting any of these uncertainties get in our heads and run the show. We know how to ground ourselves to the greater picture, how to remain positive and calm under stressful situations, and how to prepare for anything that could come our way.
Here are 5 helpful ways to maintain a positive light in your life during a global pandemic:
1. Get outside & move your body
Until (or unless) there is literal law enforcements outside of your home preventing you from ever stepping outside of it, which I pray to the Universe never ever happens or we are doomed as a society, then get your ass off the couch and move your body. It's so incredibly important to breathe in the air, to feel the wind on your face, to move your legs, and get blood and oxygen flowing through you. Just simply going for a walk (in a non crowded place of course) can change your entire mood for the better. Daily exercise and daily doses of the outside are what will keep you sane during ANY less than certain experience in your life. Nature grounds us, and quite literally you can ground yourself to her by feeling the grass under your feet, and touching the dirt with your hands. It doesn't matter what type of weather you are experiencing right now (as I know my friends and family back in MN have had some rounds of snow), it's STILL important to get outside. If anything, the cooler air will wake up your senses even more and might make you feel more alive than you have felt in days.
If you are not living in an area that presents you opportunities to connect in nature there are still ways you can move your body and connect with Mother Earth. You can even start by opening up your windows every day and allowing the air to come through your house to freshen things up that way. You can run up and down your stairs in your apartment building, you can do an online free yoga class in your living room, you can lift weights in your front yard, and you can run in place in your hallway. Where there is a will there is ALWAYS a way to get creative and move your body. And one thing is always for sure: you will never move your body and then regret the choice to do so, you will always be happy and thankful you did it.
2. Limit your screen time & how much "media" you consume
I have mentioned this before in previous posts and I will continue to mention it over and over and over again. It's SO very important, right now more than ever before, to limit the amount of time you spend consuming media on TV, on your phone, from your family, from the radio - all of it! You need to find other distractions to pass time. You need to find other things in your life to focus on so you are not glued to your devices for every update imaginable. Do you understand what this does to your brain? It creates fear. Fear creates stress in the body, and stress in the body creates DIS-EASE - the very thing we are all trying to prevent. Are you catching on yet??
It's also extremely important to remain a critical thinker right now, among all that is going on in the world. Do not just blindly trust whatever you read or watch on TV or on social media. You need to learn to question what you are being told, who is telling it to you, and why they are saying it. You need to be able to decipher your thoughts from the programming you have grown up with and always been told by others. You need to be able to discern your own free thoughts and opinions from those that have been conditioned in you by society and the way you were raised. You need to do your own research, form your own understandings of what is going on around you, and make your own judgement calls on what is best for you.
And if you are going to consume media it's really important to look at every issue from all sides. You can't just assume one side is the only side, and the rightful side at that - as there is always SO MUCH more going on than what we assume. There is always SO MUCH more to every story we have ever experienced in our lives than just one.
3. Put your energy to creative use
I'll admit, this one has always been a struggle for me too, but it's an important thing to understand. We are all feeling all kinds of ways right now - that's without question. I know I've been a mix of tired, lazy, lethargic, anxious, stressed, blah, meh - all of it building up and stirring around in my body. At times I've also been angry, mad, disappointed, frustrated, pissed off, and sad all at once. And instead of sitting around wallowing in my own self pity when I'm feeling all these types of ways, it's a much better and more productive idea to channel this energy into creative use. This can mean so many different things to you - from actual creative habits like painting, drawing, writing, crafting, or even more broad things like cooking, dancing, cleaning, purging/downsizing, selling things, reading, listening to podcasts, painting & decorating, cleaning out the garage... and the list goes on and on and ON. There are endless ways to use your energy creatively. But it's human nature to want to fixate and focus on something right now to distract us and get us through what we are dealing with and I encourage you to find a healthy outlet for that fixation.
I've been blown away by some of the positive use of creative energy I've seen in other people I know - from crocheting earrings and decorative pieces, to making home made earrings out of metals, making crystal jewelry and so much more. It's amazing to see what incredible creators we all really are when we give ourselves the time and space to do it. You might even be surprised to find some of your own hidden talents that you never knew were there in the first place.
4. Go inward
Personally, I've always been a spiritual and self-reflective person so this comes naturally to me, but I know it won't for everyone. But what better time than a global shutdown/lockdown/quarantine to finally get to know yourself and find answers from within. This is the perfect time to pick up daily meditation habits, daily journaling, and diving into your own spiritual beliefs and faith. I find journaling to be a good release and mental dump of all my thoughts, which in turn relieves stress and anxieties around the unknowns in my life. Meditation is also a good tool to find answers to things you are questioning and wondering about and to connect you to the higher energies around you that are looking out for your best interest.
Going inward is going to look different for everyone, especially since we are all at such different levels in our personal journeys. But it's a really great way to heal ourselves and spend time focusing on ourselves so we can emerge out of this situation stronger than we ever were before. If you've never spent this much time with yourself and your own thoughts it's obviously going to be much harder for you at first, until you are able to sit with that level of uncomfortableness and work through it. But the more effort you put into it the better it will go and the more wounds you will heal, and in turn the more light you will find.
When we look within we can deepen our relationships to source, to spirit, to the creators of our lives. We can also strengthen our own faith in life, and the way it will all turn out in the end. It gives us a sense of calmness, peace and comfort in knowing that there are higher powers out there looking out for us all and that there is so much more to life and this universe than just our tiny little Earth and the problems it is dealing with at this given time. By turning within we release our need to control the outcome, and we release our expectations for how it will go. In turn, it gives us freedom.
5. Spend more time focusing on what you can control, versus what you can't
Everything happens for a reason. What will happen, will be. What will be, is. End of story. The more you learn and the more you grow the more you will continue to realize that the only thing you can control is yourself and your own actions and the way you respond to things, and nothing else at all. It can be really frustrating at times, especially right now and the state of the world, but the only thing we can all really do is take care of ourselves and wait. The rest of the things are going to unfold the way they were always meant to. If we focus on ourselves we will be at peace. We can focus on our own wellbeing, our own mentality, our own voice and our own power. We can focus on what is most important to us and what fuels our fire to stay strong and get out of this disaster we are all in. We can NOT change the action, thoughts and behaviors of others around us, our family or our friends - but we can continue to share the light and hope one day they are drawn to it.
We can't change the dates the economy will reopen. We can't change the dates many people will finally go back to work. We can't change the dates when bars and restaurants will open again. We can't change how long we will all be in lockdown. We can't change anything that has already been done. But we can change how we respond to what is happening around us, what positive impact we make on our communities, what we seek out in terms of information and knowledge of the situation, what we share with others on the internet, how we connect to our loved ones, and how we spend our time during this pause. It can be too easy to feel like we are prisoners right now in some sort of sick and twisted political puppet show, but it's important to remember that we still have the power. We the people, still have the power.
"Two things make life easier: having a good relationship with your intuition, and not being afraid of change." - Yung Pueblo
I am seeing and hearing a lot on the internet about how this extra time together is strenuous on relationships, both the married, family and dating kinds alike. I wanted to open up the conversation again around navigating relationships and what it's like to be living with and spending 24/7 with your significant other (or your family), especially during these extremely stressful and anxious times. Adam and I have been navigating this ourselves now for almost 11 months and we are well aware of the struggles that a lot of people are going through to adjust to the extra time spent together! So let's talk about it...
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