Are You Feeling Scared? There's Hope.

March 10, 2020
Inspiration

Hello you, Noelle here --

I am writing to send a message of compassion. We are indeed experiencing an upsetting time. Our immediate access to news is both a blessing and a curse, especially with so much information (and misinformation) streaming rapidly. There is a global yearning for facts, hope and leadership.

I'm going to be doing some anti-isolation hangouts on the JRNI Facebook page in the coming weeks. Go ahead and like us there and I'll keep you updated. We'll be holding space, grounding ourselves and bonding as a community of hope-bringers.

We have incredible agency as humans. In the absence of leadership we can provide it for ourselves. In America we are rarely asked to think of others and to amend our personal agenda for the common good. We now see this reflected in shelves emptied of toilet paper, shortages of masks for medical workers, the absence of hand sanitizer and resources being hoarded across the board.

We are also seeing real and valid fear pop up around inequality: those lacking health insurance, hourly workers, those with compromised immune systems and families separated by distance.

The thing with fears and assumptions is that in every single one of them there is the potential for truth. If someone is experiencing a real fear: it is valid. Avoiding hard truths doesn’t help us at all in the long run.

Hope, facts, compassion, common sense and leadership work wonders.

Just the act of naming and validating a fear eases your limbic (emotional) response and opens the floor for your prefrontal cortex (logic) to take over.

Inducing positive emotions such as love, optimism and humor creates a broadening effect whereby our brains are able to achieve a “birds eye view,” and produce out of the box thinking and new solutions.

Likewise, positive emotions bring on a somatic (bodily) broadening impact as well: you will experience increased coordination and reduction in cardiovascular damage from stress.

This is a time to come to terms with how interconnected we truly are, how much we need each other, and how important mental and physical well being truly is.

Raising wellbeing, instilling hope and holding space is the work of coaches. We have the skills and the tools to help ourselves and our community ease frenzy and rise to levels of leadership that support hope, the factual spread of information and good old common sense.

As with all times of hardship, this will pass. It will not be without casualty and lasting impact but it will pass. We can lean into community and hold space for each other as much as possible.

Right now lots of people are looking at news of the stock market and feeling very scared in relationship to money. This is real and this is valid.

Let’s put some perspective to it. Before this international crisis broke, perhaps you were feeling stuck, wanting to move forward in life with a new career path. Now, you feel both stuck and scared.

The only constant is change, and even in uncertain times, we don't want to be ruled by doubt and fear.

Coaching is an important, useful, hope-bringing skill set to take out into the world. Our coaches are leaders, and develop skills that have impact far beyond what we even know as they hold space for those who need it most.

One of the best ways to beat stress and dismay is to get out of your own head and dig into learning, growth and community as we prepare for the future.

Coaching is the business of growing people into their best selves and this begins with you. At JRNI Coaching, you will be intellectually stimulated, supported and held through whatever life tosses your way.

If you feel called to begin your coaching journey now, take a strong step in the direction of hope, resilience and prepare now for a brighter future. We'd love to talk to you, so let's talk.

You're on my mind.

Love to you, and stay strong.

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