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Coronavirus: How to deal with change?

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Coronavirus: How to deal with change?

Change in life is inevitable; we grow, meet people; go to school, get new jobs, get married, we have kids, etc. But the change that we are experiencing nowadays and what is coming ahead in the next months is out of ordinary.

There was nothing that could prepare us for it. We couldn’t see it coming. So, what’s next?

Like everything in life, I believe we carry inside the power to decide how we will go through the experience. It’s an internal game. And even if we have not seen the coronavirus episode through yet, I believe we can and should start preparing for what is coming ahead.

The global economic recession is clear. Jobs, companies, businesses will disappear. And it is shaking the safety and security for many. These might be inevitable changes ahead. But the way you prepare yourself for it is under your control.

Here are the things I have been focusing on,  first, to stay sane and healthy and secondly to be ready for the future that is coming.

Get clear on your goals and stay focused

This is a perfect time to check-in. Set new goals. Make a crystal clear vision of the life that you want to live. The person you want to become. The work that you want to do. The people you want to surround yourself with. Every single aspect. You have a great opportunity to re-check and decide. See it almost as starting with a blank page. Write your new story. And literally, write it down!

And then, after it’s written, and crystal clear, stay focused! Read it every single day. Practice those new qualities that you want to see in you already now. Even if it is alone in your home. Start taking baby steps, every single day.

Take this time to gain momentum. The more time and days you put in to create the new version of your life, the closer you will be once all of this is over!

Keep up your practices and/or passions

To make the point above easier and possible, we need to stay centered and connected to ourselves daily. Practices like yoga, meditation or breathwork can help us achieve that. The main thing is to be consistent. Every single day, take a moment to connect to yourself using your favorite toolkit.

Breathwork practice
My daily breathwork practice is my life savior!

If you are not into those types of things, I’m sure you have something that you are passionate about. Maybe is music, art, exercise or building something. Find your way and do it! Take the time to stay present, balanced and in touch with yourself. Then, taking steps towards your new life vision and goals will be much easier.

Make your home a sanctuary

We are spending more time at home than ever before. So, it is especially important to keep your home as your sacred space. Not only that is pleasant, clean, organized but also that is your little bubble in the middle of these.

Make it the place where you are building your new life vision. Where peace, joy, and love surpasses any other worrisome thought or bad news. Use music, make special meals and if you feel inspired, get some cleaning and decluttering done. It will make you feel lighter and give you good momentum to tackle bigger and new projects.

Living room
A tidy home is a reflection of a tidy mind! Pour your love into it!

Make a plan

Get practical! Make a plan to know how you will navigate the rough waters. Important! Do it in a moment that you are feeling good. Like for example, after your favorite practice, hobby or exercise.

Look at it with a solution-oriented mindset. You’ll see that when you are feeling good, ideas will flow and suddenly the big fearful unknown can get cleared and you will feel hopeful and ready to keep the momentum going towards the new life that you want to build.

Treat it as a business meeting. Meaning, take the time to focus on it, find solutions and then move on with your day with a positive and solution-oriented mindset.

It is a virtuous cycle! Get clear on your goals, take baby steps, stay centered and feeling good, get practical and repeat!

I hope you find this useful. I have said many times lately, that I truly believe that this is an amazing time to change and re-invent ourselves. To finally move towards the life of our dreams. To keep what is working and get rid of what is not. To expand and grow. What else are we waiting for?

If you need help to get crystal clear about your Life Vision and the strategy to get there, please contact me. It will honor me to coach you through that process.

Until next time, stay clear, stay focused, one step at a time!

Daniel

Cup of Coffee

5 tips to quit Coffee and avoid withdrawal symptoms

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Maybe you are like me. Maybe you have come to realize that coffee is doing more harm than good in your life and you have decided to stop drinking it 

But maybe you are afraid of stopping because of the few times that you have gone through just a few hours without your cup of joe and you have felt horrible. So, how to even go through one day without coffee?!?

I get you! I have been there so many times. I have gone through it uncountable times. However, I have been able to quit drinking coffee successfully many many times, even though I slipped back to the old habit after a few weeks or months. 

When I look inside honestly, I have to confess that I am a coffee addict. Maybe not the most serious addiction, but anyway it’s a drug, it’s a substance that I rely on to keep me going and going. 

The result after a few months of being hooked on coffee is not pretty. I end up exhausted, close to depression and lacking enthusiasm for life. My family can notice it, it impacts my productivity, and mostly I feel like sh**t.

So, since I have quit many many times, I consider myself an expert on withdrawal symptoms when quitting drinking coffee. Also, I understand quite a few things about health and the human body.

I have come with a pretty solid strategy to avoid as much as possible the withdrawal symptoms. T

Depending on how hooked you are, the first 3 to 7 days without coffee you might feel; headaches, mental fog, bodily pains, sleepless nights, fever-like symptoms, moodiness, depression, etc. Quite horrible frankly…

The good news! It doesn’t have to be that way if you follow the following tips. At least it can be a bit better. And always keep the goal in mind. A sharper clearer mind and a body running on its natural energy. Feeling calmer and more at ease throughout your day and much better quality night sleep.

1. Prepare your Mind

Know what to expect. The detoxification process might last from 3 to 7 days. This is the time that the body goes through the withdrawal and starts building back to its normal producing/sourcing of energy, without relying on caffeine.

Make sure to make a plan. I prefer to do my first day without coffee on a Friday. This allows me to rest more, which you will need, during the weekend. By Monday you should be already on the better side.

Also, you will need more time and effort to nurture your body during the first 3 days. Below I will go through what you will need to provide your body with during the withdrawal time.

2. Drink Tea

When stopping coffee your body will ask like crazy for caffeine. So, a great way to “trick” the body and to cut off the caffeine intake gradually is by having tea, lots of tea if needed. I prefer starting with black tea and then as days go by change into green or white teas, which have less amount of caffeine. 

Also, this helps to not miss the comforting feeling that a cup of coffee has to start your day. I have found that tea can be even more comforting and cozy in the mornings.

Cup of tea
Enjoy your favorite cup of tea

3. Stay hydrated

Coffee is a natural diuretic, which makes the body release liquid from the body. When stopping it we might forget to drink as much water as we did when drinking coffee. Coffee usually makes us thirsty. 

Take special care to drink regularly, at least 2 liters (68 oz.) per day. You can add a pinch of good quality salt or a bit of lemon juice to increase absorption.

4. Take Rest

Your body will go through a massive transformation. It will start producing energy by itself without relying on the caffeine kick. Also, hormones like cortisol and adrenaline will decrease, so hormonal balance has to be restored.

To make the transition easier for the body make sure you have 3 days of calm easy-going life. Take naps if you need to. Plan for longer night sleeps if you feel that you need them. And just rest in general.

5. Eat high nutritious foods

When you drink coffee, lots of minerals and vitamins go to waste because of its diuretic properties. After months or years doing this, your body might be quite depleted and this has a huge impact on your health and quality of life. Therefore make sure that you have lots of nutrient-rich foods, especially green leafy vegetables.

During the first three days of quitting coffee, start your day with a green smoothie or juice. Repeat this strategy as many times during the day you feel you need it. 

Green Smoothie
My daily Green Smoothie

Avoid process foods and highly starchy and sugary foods. Having a high intake of carbohydrates while detoxing from coffee will impact the regulation of your hormones and will make your body’s work to restore balance even harder.

Here you have it! 5 amazing tips that can help you avoid (as much a possible) the withdrawal symptoms of quitting coffee. 

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Wishing you a life filled with Health, Happiness and Wealth!

Daniel