• Valerie


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These are the powerful tools I have implemented in my life since the beginning of the pandemic and I am very grateful for the opportunity to share them with you.

1. I accept reality as it is, without judging it.

2. I replace a fearful environment by a loving one. I stop watching or listening to the news. I only listen to the evolution of the pandemic once a week, which is more than enough to be aware of what is happening in the world. I only read inspiring and positive-minded magazines.

3. Instead of looking for everything that could go wrong, I look for everything that goes right in my life and I express my gratitude for that! I have a family and friends I love, I have a home, I have food every day, I have free time to do what I want to do, to spend more time with my loved ones, to read, to learn, to grow, to listen to empowering podcasts… and to expand into a better person!

4. I recognize that holding on to the fear doesn’t bring me what I want. Trying to control or predict the current situation is useless and keeps me attached to the painful situation, so I choose to love instead. I write nice messages to my friends, give a hug or a massage to my kids, go for a walk with my partner…

5. I use fear to my advantage: I know fear defines the limits of my comfort zone. I know I can get out of this situation transformed, with a growing mindset and new behaviors. I take advantage of this period by focusing on what I want out of life, and I ask myself the right questions: “What am I willing to do with that feeling or how far am I willing to go? Will I allow fear to hold me back or to propel me forward?” I decide to turn the crisis into an opportunity to dig deeper into myself, to tap into my infinite potential, and to set new goals. I realign my values, I meditate for longer periods and I get to know myself even better.

6. I see the glass half-full instead of half-empty: when fear shows up, I redirect my thoughts to what’s good in this situation: Planet Earth is healing, people are spending more time with their loved ones, many people will live in a different way when all this is over, we shall all rejoice in being together again…)

7. I practice surrender or letting go. Throughout the day, when I am tempted to hurt myself through fear thoughts, I say with determination: “I experience peace of mind right now. I happily let go of all fear thoughts and I choose peace of mind instead”. Letting go is the best way to deal with a situation I can’t control.

8. When I experience fear, I remind myself that the situation is only temporary. This helps a lot, because I don’t wait for the fear to go away. I decide to move ahead NOW. I develop my confidence every single day: “What do I want out of life? What am I longing for? What am I committed to doing?” I show conviction and obsession to my purpose. I am self-disciplined, brave, bold and I take action (even baby steps) with enthusiasm and drive!

“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning” - Cardinal Newman

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