These words that are voiced so often in everything we read and hear. Words so many have said to me, "I can't stand this phrase", "I'm so tired of these words", and I know that feeling too. I always think about changing the word 'navigating' to something more uplifting, or positive - but then, I think it's just a realistic and honest way to describe how so many of us are feeling, and how these times just are. We are navigating these days, these times, still. We are taking each day as it comes, and finding our way through. And in reality, so many of us know this feeling of 'navigating' uncertainty in other ways too. Navigating a new normal through other life circumstances and experiences, some deeply changing, and ways we've learnt to carry ourselves through. I know this is true for me and it's not a phrase that's unfamiliar at all. Perhaps this has felt true for you.
We all have the ability to take control of our health and our wellbeing. Whatever we live with - virus, illness, pain, disease - we can choose empowering ways to support ourselves to feel better, and well. Before you read a few ways I've mentioned below, I'd love for you to just take a few moments to think and see yourself as a holistic being, all parts of you, connected - your mind, body, spirit, heart, soul - physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic parts are not separate, but all functioning and supporting each other together - as you are one whole being. Seeing ourselves in this holistic way, is one of the most empowering things we can do, to choose to support ourselves through all health issues, illness, pain and disease.
Lockdown in Melbourne is difficult for everyone, with our own situations and circumstances. It can feel even more difficult if you live with a health condition and you are managing symptoms every day, without the normal support systems you usually have, or the ability to get to appointments or to therapies that help. It can be very hard to live with any health condition and/ or chronic pain, and it can feel like an extra challenge to cope with and to navigate, on top of this already challenging time. I understand this personally, so very well, and I want to share a few things that I hope may feel supportive to you.
Do you call friends and ask how they're doing? Even more so, right now? It can very overwhelming with so much happening in our world right now. Just as locally, here in our own country, and closer to home, within our own communities, there is violence, mental health issues, illnes, suffering, grief, pain, and so much more. Along with all the good and beautiful things too. It's all happening every day, very close to home. Even someone you may know. Even a close friend. Even someone in your family.
Think of this as a letter of support. Words from my heart to yours, if you may be going through a time of uncertainty, pain, or grief and loss.
Or through any time of challenge, change and transition, and you feel a little vulnerable, raw, and alone.
I understand uncertainty. So deeply within myself. I feel you. I see you. And I acknowledge you in your own experience of whatever this might be, or how this feels for you, right now. I hope something from these words shared may feel supportive for you. And perhaps in some way, I also write this to myself.
Katie Jane is a Holistic Therapist, Life Coach, Health Coach, Nutritionist, Naturopath, Meditation teacher, writer and author. Katie has been working in the wellness industry for over 15 years, in private practice and online, and brings all of these qualifications and skills, along with her own lived experiences through challenges, changes and transitions. Her approach to life and wellbeing is truly holistic and unique for each individual. She supports and coaches clients to make powerful changes, to feel calm through uncertainty and change, to embrace self care as a way of being, and to thrive through life transitions.