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Navigating Life’s Winters

These feel like heavy times.   Let’s start there.  Social media can paint a picture of endless summers for some people, while also showing devastating tragedies for others.  The job market is rampant with layoffs across many industries that were once the jewels of Wall Street.  Our post-pandemic collective consciousness hasn’t fully recovered from our nervous system being shaken up by lockdowns, changes, and wars.  And on an individual basis, life may be throwing you additional curve balls that make navigating the world extra hard.

I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a funk lately.  Like life is in a winter season.  It is a season that is characterized by grief, slowness, and deep inner contemplation.  There have been parts of me that have been emerging that feel shaken up or unsafe in these times.  Those parts of me do all kinds of jedi tricks to keep me feeling safe.  By sitting with them and listening to learn from them, I honor their presence and good intentions rather than push them away.  Slowly, I find different strategies to replace old coping mechanisms.  

I don’t think I’m alone. So many of my conversations lately have been about the invisible burdens being carried, the inability to speak freely about difficult emotions, and the longing for more peace, stability, and flourishing.  Everyone is doing their best.  And everyone’s best looks different right now.

If you are in a winter season, this may be a season to be still and reflect.  This winter season is here to teach you something.  If you turn towards what’s emerging for you and create space to do so, your inner wisdom will guide you to hidden insights.  It’s always great to have therapy or coaching to support you through this process.

Equally important is to turn towards those small little moments of joy that you can still find in your life. To not forget about the present moment that you are in and the people who make it meaningful.  Gratitude can be a healing antidote to fear.  For leaders, it’s important to celebrate small wins and build stronger connections during periods of high-change.  To double down on the human side of things.  Connection, connection, connection.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

– Albert Camus

❄️ Winter is about embracing stillness and reflection. ❄️

Don’t turn away from this season of your life. Turn towards the questions that are arising within you. Turn towards the lessons that this period is meant to teach you. And turn towards the little joys that you can still find in these moments.

  1. Acceptance: Accept the season that you are in and that life has seasons for a reason.  It’s easy to compare yourself to others and long for life to always be in summer.  Accepting reality with compassion allows you to be present with what is here now.
  2. Time for reflection: Allow this introspective period to guide you towards new goals, values, and priorities. Gain clarity on what truly matters to you and what you’re ready to leave behind.  Try doing this with your team too.
  3. Opportunity for Rest and Rejuvenation: Just as nature rests and replenishes during the winter months, so can we. Embrace this slower pace to prioritize real self-care, recharge your batteries, and nourish your mind, body and soul.  Normalize wellness in your workplace during this time.
  4. Presence: Embrace the stillness of winter to be fully present in the moment. Free from distractions, deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. Allow this to be a period of deeper contemplation. As a leader, allow this to be reflected in your presence in rooms.
  5. Connection and Community: Winter provides an opportunity for gatherings, intimate conversations, and shared experiences. This may be a good season to invest in nourishing relationships and mutual support.  This is also applicable to teams who may be longing for safety and belonging during these times.

Every season has a valuable role to play in our life. By embracing the unique gifts of the winter season and leveraging them for our personal development, we can make room for the arrival of Spring and the promise of new beginnings.

Breathing with you,

Nancy

I’m a coach who helps leaders and teams unlock more purpose, performance and impact during times of uncertainty and complexity.  I design a custom program aligned to your vision and needs, and stay in your corner throughout the process of transformation.  Book an intro call to learn more and connect.

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