Wellness Wednesday Check-In

Happy Wellness Wednesday Groovy People!

I love Wellness Wednesdays because they give me a chance to check-in with myself and clients on how we are taking care of ourselves. That ‘s why I am reaching out to you today.

How are you doing this week?

How are you starting and ending your days?

What mindful self-care practices are working?

Who or what are getting in your way?

What resources do you need to take better care of yourself?

This week I started my mornings with my personal practice of prayer, meditation, reiki, and yoga. I also had an opportunity to lead two mindfulness meditation sessions at the Nonprofit Technology Network’s virtual conference. During the sessions, I reminded everyone we get 1,440 minutes each day. We can choose to use one or more of these minutes to practice mindful self-care. I encouraged folks to use the Spring Homework (mentioned in the graphic above) to check-in with themselves and recommit to self-care. 

Need more support with mindful self-care? Join me for the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Spring Virtual Retreat on Saturday, March 27th at 7-9:30 PM ET

During the virtual retreat, you will:

  • Practice mindful self-care with deep breathing exercises, a mindfulness meditation with self-touch, and gentle chair yoga
  • Learn how to align and manage your energy with the wisdom of the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice, New Moon, Full Moon, and crystal therapy
  • Participate in an intuitive movement exercise and a sound bath meditation that will help you open your heart to release and forgive
  • Reflect on and journal about what’s working and not working in your life and career, and what’s getting in your way
  • Set intentions and identify the resources, action steps, and accountability support you need to manifest who you want to be and what you want to manifest in your life and career
  • Create a self-celebration plan to appreciate your small, medium, and big wins

A Zoom video link will be emailed to you once you register for the online retreat. Get your ticket here: March 27th Retreat at 7-9:30 PM ET.

Create More Happiness in Your Life with Self-Hugging This Spring

Hey Groovy People!

Can you believe the Spring season begins on March 20th and the first quarter of the this year ends on March 31st?

How are you planning to welcome the new season and second quarter into your life, career, and/or business?

My Spring Self-Care Commitment & Personal Retreat

For me, Spring is about fresh starts, new beginnings, new ideas, and new possibilities. It is a time of rebirth and renewal. I welcome Spring into my life as my second new year. For the past several years, I have used the astrological calendar and moon cycles to create personal retreats during the Spring Equinox, New Moon, and Full Moon. My personal retreats help me rest, restore, and recharge my spirit, heart, mind, and body. They allow me to slow down, become still, breathe deeply, and practice mindful self-care. They also help me recommit to myself by reflecting on how I started the year, exploring the lessons learned, releasing what no longer serves my highest good, setting new intentions, identifying goals, and mapping out action steps for the rest of the year.

One of the things that has been coming up for me in my Spring personal retreat reflections is the need to to invest more time and energy on maintaining a healthy well-being with better boundaries around my sleep and news and social media consumption. Right after the domestic terrorist attacks on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, I started staying up later and later in the evenings to read articles and social media, and watch videos, movies, and live discussions about racial injustice, politics, and the COVID-19 pandemic. That choice was a disaster recipe for my well-being. It increased stress and anxiety levels in my body. It made it harder to sleep peacefully. It chipped away at my happiness.

Recently, I decided to recommit to my well-being with one daily mindful self-care practice this Spring: self-hugging. Why? Because I need more physical touch in my life due to COVID-19 social distancing and quarantining. Going without it for long periods can impact our emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Also, hugging helps boost serotonin, the happiness hormone that is produced and spread by neurons in the brain. Feeling more happiness strengthens our well-being.

Self-Hugging: Why Does It Support Well-Being and Create Happiness?

Hugging yourself is FREE and takes less than five minutes. It offers you an opportunity to practice loving kindness and strengthen your resiliency. A self-hug is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. All you have to do is decide and set an intention to give yourself a hug or hugs on a daily basis. Once you set your intention, take action and watch how your self-hugs turn into acts of self-love and self-empowerment.

When you hug yourself, your body releases the hormone, oxytocin, the “love hormone.” Oxytocin helps reduce stress and tension by lowering cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body. It also lowers blood pressure, slows the heart rate, and improves moods.

Hugging yourself for 20 seconds or more is a serotonin booster. Serotonin is known as the “feel good” hormone that is produced and spread by neurons in the brain. It helps you feel happy, calm, and confident.

Consider following the advice of family therapist Virginia Satir who is famous for saying, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

 

Let’s Welcome Spring with More Happiness Through Self-Hugging on March 20th, Spring Equinox and International Day of Happiness

Let’s use the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Happiness Moment Self-Hug Challenge that is rooted in the HUG3 self-care practice. HUG3 is an acronym that stands for:

H: Hold space for yourself with

U: Unconditional Love

G3: Grace, Growth, and Gratitude

6 Self-Hugging Tips

There are many ways to hug yourself. Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s tips below.

  1. Fold your arms around your body. You can fold your arms across your stomach or just below your chest. Do what feels most comfortable.
  2. Take a moment to consider the type of hug you need in the moment. How do you want the hug to feel? Strong, intense, soft or soothing?
  3. Give yourself a nice squeeze with just enough pressure to create the hug experience you need.
  4. Feel free to gently rock back and forth while hugging yourself.
  5. If hugging isn’t your cup of tea, try giving yourself a gentle massage in the areas of your body you feel most comfortable with. You can start with your face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest or belly. If it feels good, try the entire body!
  6. Use the Thriving Mindfully YoutTube playlist to keep you company as you hug yourself. Warning: The music may inspire you to dance and hug yourself at the same time! Watch out for the Thriving Mindfully theme song, “Be the REAL YOU” by Garnet Jay of Footprint Productions.

Get Started with the Happiness Moment Self-Challenge Today!

Pick one of the challenges below and dive deep into your self-hugging today.

30-Day Self-Hugs: Try 1 hug for 20 seconds per day. Consider giving yourself a hug in the morning before you get out of bed. If the morning doesn’t work, take a mid-day hug break or end your day with a hug before you go to sleep.

60-Day Self-Hugs: Try 4 or more hugs that last 1 minute or more per day. Notice how the increase in hugs makes you feel. If it feels good, add more hugs to your day.

90-Day Self-Hugs: Make hugging a self-care maintenance practice with 8 or more hugs per day.

120-Day Self-Hugs: Take your hug life to the next level of growth with 12 or more hugs per day.

Need More Support?

Join me for the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Spring Virtual Retreat on March 21st at 2-4:30 PM ET OR March 27th at 7-9:30 PM ET via Zoom.

During the virtual retreat, you will:

  • Practice mindful self-care with deep breathing exercises, a mindfulness meditation with self-touch, and gentle chair yoga
  • Learn how to align and manage your energy with the wisdom of the Spring Equinox, New Moon, Full Moon, and crystal therapy
  • Participate in an intuitive movement exercise and a sound bath meditation that will help you open your heart to release and forgive
  • Reflect on and journal about what’s working and not working in your life and career, and what’s getting in your way
  • Set intentions and identify the resources, action steps, and accountability support you need to manifest who you want to be and what you want to manifest in your life and career
  • Create a self-celebration plan to appreciate your small, medium, and big wins

Click on the links below to buy your tickets today! Give a retreat ticket to a loved one, friend or colleague.

Celebrate Spring Season & International Day of Happiness with Mindfulness Practices on March 20th

Are you ready for Spring? It begins with the Spring Equinox and International Day of Happiness on Saturday, March 20th. You can open your heart and tap into your happiness with two mindfulness practices of smiling and gratitude.

SMILING PRACTICE: Start with a mindful practice of smiling a/k/a mouth yoga. Smiling is one of the best ways to create positive energy inside of yourself. When you smile mindfully, your positive energy can help open your heart to more gratitude. Also, your smile also has the power to brighten another’s person’s day! Watch the video and learn more about the power and practice of smiling from my Buddhist teacher Thich Nhất Hạnh.

GRATITUDE PRACTICE: Slow down and take some deep breaths. As you settle down, place your hand on your heart and bring to mind one or more things or people you are grateful for. If it helps, write your thoughts down. Go a step further and express your gratitude with a self hug or an act of appreciation for a loved one. Go here or click on the link below to listen to my Thriving Mindfully Podcast episode to get more tips.

Stop right where you are and treat this moment as your personal invitation to make a mindful self-care commitment and check in with yourself during the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Spring Virtual Retreat on March 21st at 2-4:30 PM ET OR March 27th at 7-9:30 PM ET via Zoom.

During the virtual retreat, you will:

  • Practice mindful self-care with deep breathing exercises, a mindfulness meditation with self-touch, and gentle chair yoga
  • Learn how to align and manage your energy with the wisdom of the Spring Equinox, New Moon, Full Moon, and crystal therapy
  • Participate in an intuitive movement exercise and a sound bath meditation that will help you open your heart to release and forgive
  • Reflect on and journal about what’s working and not working in your life and career, and what’s getting in your way
  • Set intentions and identify the resources, action steps, and accountability support you need to manifest who you want to be and what you want to manifest in your life and career
  • Create a self-celebration plan to appreciate your small, medium, and big wins

Click on the links below to buy your tickets today! Give a retreat ticket to a loved one, friend or colleague.

Make Yourself A Priority & Sign Up for Spring Virtual Retreat on March 21st or March 27th

It’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we live, communicate, learn, work, shop, play, and do business in the world. So much has happened to us. So much continues to happen to us. One of the best ways we can move through these changes is to remind ourselves WE MATTER. We are worthy. We deserve to take care of ourselves first!

Do you know you are the most important person in your life?

YES YOU ARE!

You deserve to make yourself a PRIORITY this year!

One way you can make yourself a priority is with a retreat. A retreat helps you carve out time and space to see your full self in a mirror and in the present moment. It gives you an opportunity to come face-to-face with your vulnerabilities, challenges, wins, and losses. It can also help you set intentions and create shifts in how you choose to show up in your life, relationships, career, and business.

Consider this blog post a personal invitation to make a mindful self-care commitment and check in with yourself each season during the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter Virtual Retreats. During the virtual retreats, you will:

  • Practice mindful self-care with deep breathing exercises, a mindfulness meditation with self-touch, and gentle chair yoga
  • Learn how to align and manage your energy with the wisdom of the Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice, New Moon, Full Moon, and crystal therapy
  • Participate in an intuitive movement exercise and a sound bath meditation that will help you open your heart to release and forgive
  • Reflect on and journal about what’s working and not working in your life and career, and what’s getting in your way
  • Set intentions and identify the resources, action steps, and accountability support you need to manifest who you want to be and what you want to manifest in your life and career
  • Create a self-celebration plan to appreciate your small, medium, and big wins

A Zoom video link will be emailed to you once you register for the online retreat.

Retreat Schedule

Check out the retreat schedule below. Buy your tickets today! Give a retreat ticket to a loved one, friend or colleague.

6 Tips to Get You Ready to Practice Digital Wellness During National Day of Unplugging on March 5-6

Happy National Day of Unplugging! National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign the Unplug Collaborative created in 2009 to promote a 24-hour respite from technology during the first weekend in March. It’s a golden opportunity to practice digital wellness and reconnect to your life and loved ones in real time. It starts at sundown on Friday, March 5th, and ends at sundown on Saturday, March 6th. Go here to get tips on how to participate.

Check out my six tips for creating mini unplug moments during your National Day of Unplugging.

  1. When you wake up in the morning, don’t check your smartphone for texts, email, or social media updates. Instead start your day with a breathing exercise. Place your hand on your heart as you inhale and exhale through your nose seven times.

2. UNPLUG and eat your breakfast, lunch, or dinner without looking at your digital devices.

3. While you’re working during the day, UNPLUG from your digital devices and take a one-minute break by inhaling and exhaling through your nose three times.

4. During your morning and evening commutes, UNPLUG from your digital devices and take FIVE deep breaths (inhale and exhale through your nose) before you turn your car or motorcycle/scooter, start to bike, or when you sit down on public transportation.

5. Spend one UNPLUGGED evening without your digital devices. That means when you get home, you turn everything off or place the sound on mute until the next day.

6. UNPLUG before you go to sleep by placing your digital devices on mute in another room.

Need more resources? Check out the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s digital wellness resources. Read my 2018 Washington AFRO article, “Discover the Power of Unplugging.”

Tapping Into My Black Women’s Legacy in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

2020 started with a question. What will this new year be? It quickly became an invitation into the unknown I resisted accepting. Why? I struggled with the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, economic instability, politics, the elections, and America itself. All this “ish” amplified my fears and raised my stress levels to an all-time high. I wasn’t able to sleep a lot. I didn’t want to admit my normal life had changed. Fear of the unknown and anxiety became my roommates. My emotions bounced back and forth from angry to sad. As the summer season was wrapping up, I started to realize how exhausted I felt. I wondered how would I make it through. I wondered how I would move forward in my life, relationships, and wellness career. My friend Garnet urged me to see a therapist. Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I was able to find a Black woman psychologist whose practice focuses on the mind-body connection. She was exactly what I needed.

After my first several weeks of teletherapy, I started thinking about how my ancestors made it through the the 1918 influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu. I wondered how they coped with the changes in their daily life. How were their family, friends, work, and community service impacted by the isolation, quarantine, limitations on public gatherings, and use of disinfectants? How did they deal with the loss of about 675,000 lives in the United States? How did they move forward into the roaring 1920s? My questions led me to my family history and photos. As I learned about my family and looked at different photos, I saw the faces of Black people who carved out a life for themselves, their families, and their communities despite what was happening. They made a choice to live fully as they moved forward. That choice came from them tapping into their ancestral legacy of resilience.

Ancestral legacy of resilience is the strength of the people in my family, community, and culture who overcame adversity, faced challenges, and navigated change. These brave folks are my sheroes, heroes, and theyroes. Three of my sheroes happen to be my Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sorors: my great grandmother, Florida Jones Leake (changed to Leeke) affectionately known as ‘Florida J”; my great grand aunt, Lillian Jones Brown, the sister of Florida; and my mother, Theresa B. Leeke.

In case you didn’t know, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (SGRho) is an African-American sorority that was founded by seven young educators on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1922.

Florida J, a social worker, a dressmaker, a mother of a daughter and a son, and a wife to a barber shop owner, joined SGRho in its early days. She served as a national officer in the role of Grand Anti-Grammateus from 1927 to 1929. Also, she became a charter member of the Epsilon Chapter (later became Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter) in Gary, Indiana.

SGRho selected Florida’s sister, Lillian, a teacher, a mother of one daughter, and a wife to a doctor, as an honorary member. I imagine she was selected because of her outstanding service and work as the founder and President of the Woman’s Council, an organization that supported the educational needs of Black children in Indianapolis (established in 1909); President of the Central Association of Colored Women, one of the five sectional bodies constituting the National Association of Colored Women, from 1929 to 1934; President of the Indianapolis City Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs; and a member of the Women’s Improvement Club of Indianapolis.

Both these women were uplifting their communities at a time when so much was happening to prevent Black people from moving ahead such as racism and white supremacy (still happening today). They battled with segregation; inequality in education, housing, and healthcare; denial of the right to vote; lack of access to employment training and opportunities, economic stability and mobility, and generational wealth; the rise of the Ku Klux Klan; lynchings; and other lawless and violent acts. They didn’t run from these problems and the madness and chaos. Instead, they became a part of the solution.

In order to become a part of the solution, I know Florida and Lillian had to lean into the strength of the women who came before them. Women like their mother, Sarah Jones Washington; their grandmother, Jane Washington; and the seven founders of SGRho: Mary Lou Allison Little, Vivian White Marbury, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin, and Cubena McClure. Drawing on their collective strength, they learned to move past survival. They learned to thrive.

My mother, Theresa learned how to become a part of the solution and to thrive from two of SGRho’s founders, Hattie Redford and Dorothy Whiteside, during her Alpha Chapter pledge process at Butler University in 1959. Her undergraduate experience shaped her commitment to “Greater Service, Greater Progress (the sorority’s motto), membership development, and leadership. As a young wife and mother of three children with one on the way, she helped to charter Gamma Psi Sigma, a tri-city chapter for Saginaw, Flint, and Bay City, Michigan (now based in Saginaw) in 1967.

Over the past five decades, I have witnessed firsthand my mom’s ability to serve and lead with humility. I have watched her show up in her life as an educator, musician, mother of four, and wife to an entrepreneur as well as work in her local chapter, Phi Sigma. She has served as a Phi Sigma Chapter member; undergraduate advisor to Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Bowie State University and Alpha Phi Chapter at Howard University; chartering undergraduate advisor to Eta Beta Chapter at the University of Maryland, College Park; committee chairwoman; and Basileus (president serving three times). Throughout her 62 years of service, she has remained passionate and dedicated to membership development and training, community service in the Washington, DC area, and regional and national activities. My mother has willingly spent her energy and time as a SGRho life member and Cultured Pearl mentoring and investing in Sigma women (including me). She does it out of a deep love for her Sigma Sorors. She does it because she wants us to thrive in our unique SGRho way. She gives back because so many gave to her.

Because of her, I learned to love and serve SGRho in my own way when I joined Beta Tau Chapter with my line sisters Tracy Brown and Gail Harleston Tucker at Morgan State University in 1983. Because of her, I was able to lead when I served as the Northeast Region Youth Services Coordinator from 1984 to 1986. These experiences and the SGRho women like Grand Basileus Corine J. Green and Sandre Mitchell who mentored, trained, and supported me laid the foundation for the woman I am today. Their investment in me shows up in the work I currently do in my wellness company, Ananda Leeke Consulting, and Thriving Mindfully Academy.

My Sorors Florida, Lillian, and Theresa are powerhouses! They are my sheroes because they embody what it means to make a way out of no way with courage, creativity, continuous learning, resourcefulness, and service. Their spirits, fierceness, and tenacity breathe new life into me. They inspire and remind me how to thrive even in a pandemic that is almost a year old. I bow deeply in gratitude to these amazing women I am blessed to call my SGRho Sorors and Leeke family.

Happy Love Day Every Day!

Happy Love Day Groovy People!

Love Day is every day! May we open our hears and raise the vibration of love so that it blesses the universe with love and light.

Guess what? I’ve got two Love Day gifts for you. They are poems that celebrate love. Both poems were shared during my 2007 launch party for my Lorraine Hansberry-inspired novel, Love’s Troubadours at Mocha Hut on U Street, NW in DC. The book is available on Amazon. Enjoy!

Gift #1: “The Word” Poem

Gift #2: “What Does Love Look Like?” Poem from Love’s Troubadours

Learn more about Love’s Troubadours, a novel about Karma Francois, a 30-something BoHo Black American Princess who learns to love, accept, and forgive herself.

Karma is originally from from Oakland, California. She is an HBCU and Morgan State University alumna and a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc (like me!). When the novel opens, she comes face to face with her choices and family secrets as she leaves NYC after losing her museum curator career and bougie lifestyle. Moving to DC is her only healthy option because she doesn’t want to go back home and deal with her controlling momma. Her healing journey brings her to a gypsy career as a yoga teacher, art consultant, and freelance curator. She struggles with it all and ends up in therapy. Blessed with an African American female therapist, self-care practices, extended family, and a new sista circle of friends, she begins to tap into her ancestral and personal legacy of resilience as she does the hard work of becoming whole. Buy the book on Amazon.

Watch the video to learn more about Karma’s journey and the lessons she learns.

A few more things …

Throughout Love’s Troubadours, you will discover Karma’s favorite music by Les Nubians, Alice and John Coltrane, Amel Larrieux, Stevie Wonder, Eric Roberson, and many more. Also, she takes a dip in the pool of online dating. So get ready for her dating adventures. Head over to Amazon to get your copy.

Our Hidden Superpowers: Personal and Ancestral Resilience

Last month, I led a training for the Sierra Club that addressed how people can tap into their resilience through a mindful self-care check-in. Since then, I have been reflecting on the ways I struggled emotionally, mentally, and physically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, economic instability, politics, and the elections in 2020 and the domestic terrorist attack by white supremacists on the U.S. Capitol during the first week of 2021. I remembered the stress and anxiety, and the way they triggered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) moments from living in DC during the first and second Iraqi Wars, Rodney King civil unrest, and 9/11. I thought about the ways I used mindful self-care practices to nurture myself; the support I received from family, friends, and a therapist; and the strength I gained.

My reflections led me to the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou, one of my wellness women warriors: “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Dr. Angelou’s wisdom embodies resilience. For me, resilience is my ABILITY and CHOICE to rise like a phoenix from the ashes and bounce back when I overcome adversity, face a challenge or navigate change.

When you hear the word resilience what comes up for you? How do you define it?

My struggles taught me three things about resilience.

1. Resilience is one of our superpowers. We just have to remember to tap into and use it.

2. Mindful self-care practices lay the foundation for resilience. Mindful self-care practices help us release stress, rest, and restore ourselves.

3. We each have a personal and ancestral legacy of resilience. A personal legacy of resilience includes past experiences of overcoming adversity, facing challenges, and coping with change. An ancestral legacy of resilience is the strength of the people in our family, community, and culture who overcame adversity, faced challenges, and navigated change. They are our sheroes, heroes, and theyroes.

This month, I invite you to slow down and reflect on the two questions below.

  1. Think back to one moment in 2020 (or another time in your life) when you overcame adversity, faced a challenge or navigated change. How did it make you stronger? 
  2. Pick one person you admire in your family, community or culture for overcoming adversity, facing a challenge or navigating change. What did they teach you?

Do you and/or your business, organization or community need my training or coaching support on resilience, mindfulness or self-care? Contact me at ananda@anandaleeke.com and head on over to Ananda Leeke Consulting to learn how we can work together this year.

 

Digital Wellness Movie Recommendation: The Social Dilemma

Last year, I watched The Social Dilemma, a documentary film that paints an alarming picture of how technology and social media shape our lives, on Netflix. The film features interviews with tech professionals including former Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest employees who discuss the risks technology and social media bring to our emotional and physical well-being, mental health, human rights, freedom, and democracy. Watch the trailer below.

Given the fact the film was released in the midst of a global pandemic, mass mobilizations for racial justice, a major U.S. presidential election, and a new socially distant school year, I think it is a MUST SEE! Why?

1) Because our society’s dependence on technology for connection, education, health and social services, consumer shopping, news, and entertainment has expanded tremendously.

2) Because the tech companies and social media platforms have a lot power, are not heavily regulated, and if left unchecked, can hurt our emotional and physical well-being, mental health, freedom, human rights, and democracy. Medical News Today addressed the following negative physical, emotional, and mental health effects of technology in a February 2020 article:

-Physical Health: eyestrain, poor posture (neck and back pain), poor brain development in children and teens, lack of sleep, and a sedentary lifestyle that reduces physical activity and contributes to obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and a premature death; and

-Emotional and Mental Health: anxiety, depression, isolation, loss of focus, digital distraction, and tech overload

Read the Digital Detox’s blog post, The 19 Negative Effects of Technology in 2019. Also, check out the Pew Research Center 2020 Survey that reported 64% of Americans thought social media had a mostly negative effect on the way things in the U.S.

After watching the film, I took a hard look at my digital life and habits and decided to recommit to my own digital wellness. I recommend you watch the film on Netflix this weekend or later this month. May it inspire you to use digital wellness practices to transform how you use technology and social media this year.

Need more help with digital wellness?

Visit the Thriving Mindfully Academy here for digital wellness resources.

Need coaching or training support for yourself and/or company or organization? Head on over to Ananda Leeke Consulting to learn how we can work together this year.

Use De-Stress Tool to Manage Political Stress

According to a 2020 survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of American Psychological Association (APA), more than two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) say that the 2020 U.S. presidential election was a significant source of stress in their life. The APA survey also reported that regardless of political affiliation, majorities say the election is a significant source of stress (76% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 64% of Independents). Read more here.

Do these statistics describe how you felt last year?

Do they describe how you are currently feeling in the wake of what happened on January 6th when domestic terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol?

Do they represent how you feel about local and national politics, the current White House administration, the electoral certification process, Georgia Senate races of newly elected U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on January 20th, and the coming days of getting a new Democratic-controlled government in place?

If you answered YES or MAYBE to any of these questions, I ‘ve got something you can use to manage your stress.. Watch the video below and learn how to use the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s De-Stress Tool.

Need more support? Visit the Thriving Mindfully Academy’s mindful self-care resources here.

Need coaching or training support for yourself and/or company or organization? Head on over to Ananda Leeke Consulting to learn how we can work together this year.