The Covid-19 Virus is affecting all of us.
“Even those of us who are persistent in our self-practice and self-care can slide down that slippery slope. This isolation is disconnecting people in a way that’s different than ever before.”Paulette Deckers
Paulette Deckers, Board Certified Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, was our guest on April 7th. She’s a practitioner at Ascension Living and Wellness Center in Lynnwood, WA.
So many of us are participating in online meetings now, which Paulette believes is isolating in itself. On top of that, we’re supposed to be physically distancing ourselves from everyone else. This may lead to loneliness, which may lead to boredom and/or depression.
“This government-imposed distancing is compounding the social ills our society had yet to resolve prior to this unprecedented time. We are also hyper-aware of everyone, and every activity going on around us. This can lead to anxiety.”Paulette Deckers
Todd called it the “Do I give a !@#$, or not give a !@#$?” situation.
To which Paulette replied,
“All emotions are good. They are there to let you know something needs to be addressed. Therefore, allow the feelings to come in, notice them, and let the energy of each emotion flow through you. Don’t take any judgement of it. Let it dissipate quickly.”
Throughout the interview, Paulette provided twelve steps or ideas to help us navigate through our emotions until life returns to our new normal.
1. Take care of yourself first.
If you don’t provide for your own needs, you will find it more difficult to care for others. By practicing self-care, you’ll be better equipped to care for your spouse, children, teenager, and so forth.
2. Look for the gift.
“The Beautiful Destruction.” There is a gift in each challenge. You may not be able to see it right away, but through time, patience, self-care and self-love, you will.
3. Recognize the opportunity to stop, pause, reset, and reevaluate what’s important.
That may be the biggest gift for each of us.
We may think, “I wasn’t really happy in that job. Maybe it’s a good thing it’s not there anymore.”Paulette Deckers
4. Go inward.
Figure out what you really need. Despite the social distancing, we can draw closer to each other emotionally. We may find a greater sense of empathy for others and their challenges.
“Prior to this pandemic we were all escape artists from our own life.”Paulette Deckers
5. Recognize that some of the things we thought we HAD to do, we don’t HAVE to do.
“We don’t ALL have to drive to a job every day. We can work from home.”Paulette Deckers
6. Reconnect with your family unit.
Reconnect with humanity. Find ways to forget your own troubles and serve those whom you love the most.
7. Think outside the box.
Think about renewal energy sources. Think about cleaning up our water supply.
“We now know we can have an effect on global warming by our individual actions.”Paulette Deckers
8. Set up structure at home.
Make plans and/or agreements based on your family’s core values. Find ways to alleviate frustration, unhappiness, and boredom in yourself, while keeping your children free of the same emotions. Help everyone feel productive.
9. Take online classes.
Finish that degree you’ve been procrastinating about. Learn a new skill. Get certified in an area useful to your career. Encourage your loved ones to do the same. Register your children for online public speaking classes with me, Jackie Bailey.
10. Recognize you’re increasing your resiliency.
Your creativity and innovative skills can be released and take root in new opportunities. You can do hard things!
11. Take this opportunity to practice greater kindness.
Search for ways to increase brotherly love, and concern for strangers. Find ways to serve in, and for, your community. www.JustServe.org
How can hypnotherapy help with your coping skills?
The many benefits of Paulette Deckers’ services include centeredness, a sense of being grounded, achievement of deep sleep, emotional balance, and decreased anxiety.
“Hypnosis, meditation and prayer are all essentially the same thing. Meditation is going inward. Prayer is going inward with a mantra, or communication with a higher source. It’s all self-hypnosis.”Paulette Deckers
In hypnosis, Paulette is simply the facilitator of your journey inward. She will help you still your mind, quiet your body, and focus on your breathing. You can connect to the power within you.
“So often we get into a place when we don’t give a !@#$, or we get into analysis paralysis and doubt our value. This comes up when we make comparisons to others. Perfection does not exist.”Paulette Deckers
Paulette can help you say, “I’m perfectly me. I am who I am, and I have something to offer through my life experiences and challenges.”
12. Love yourself.