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Be The Sunshine In Your Own Life

5 Ways to Start Your Morning Right!

We are being pulled physically apart during a global crisis and experiencing profound shifts in human connection.
Our true intentions, desires and feelings can easily get lost in this morphing "communication" space. 

But this period is also encouraging us to dig even deeper into our inner resources and imagination. 
Here are 5 things you can do to brighten up your morning! Conquering the day is all about energy and routine. 

1. Face the sun. Open your blinds and curtains. Avoid your phone for the first hour when you wake up and meditate, journal and look outside. It will set your mood for the day. 

2. Play music that makes you feel good. Music therapy is a great way to get you into the groove. 

3. Stretch and exercise. Inhale and exhale. Take deep breaths. Circulate your body and release all tension and stresses. 

4. Have a healthy breakfast. It’s repeated that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The nutrients you receive for breakfast give you the energy you need to tackle your day. 

5. Verbalize a handful of affirmations. We know words have power, so it's important to remind yourself of your own value and greatness. 

Creating rituals for yourself is the best way to take care of yourself. Be your own sunshine through the day.

A Sailor Knows Best

Advice on how to manage self-isolation.

Sailors know a little bit about self isolation! Many spend weeks and even months sailing the open seas, away from friends and family. Dee Cafari, a Skipper from Great Britain, became the first woman to sail solo around the world, non-stop in both directions, against prevailing winds and currents. And she didn't just do it once but a total of three times. On her most recent voyage she spent 6 months on her own sailing the globe without any Netflix, relying only on her “karaoke skills” to entertain her.

Dee Cafari recently released a blog with some advice on how to get the best of self isolation. 

Check out her tips below:

Keep communicating – this is reassuring for everyone. If you are the one self-isolating, it is a moral boost to know people care but it is equally important for your friends and family to know that you are okay. Stay in touch and ask for help if you need it. A five-minute chat once a day could really lift someone’s spirits and be something they look forward to.

Create a new routine - Spending 24 / 7 alone is alien to many of us and will be a challenge for people that thrive on the company of others. Extroverts get their energy from others so a lack of stimulation may lead to a drop in mood. For most of us, going to work, school or the gym is part of our daily routine and now we have to fill that time. Having and sticking to a routine of some sort will help as it provides a focus and a reason to get going for the day. Having something to do will also make the time pass more quickly.

Make technology work for you - There are so many ways we can communicate these days, this is the time to make use of them. Skype, Facetime, email, text, phone calls, social media platforms are all great ways to stay in touch.

Focus only on what you can control and don’t waste energy worrying about things that are outside your control. We are bombarded with information via the media and we do need to take onboard the news that is being distributed. However, if you find that listening or reading the news is increasing your anxiety or stress levels then limit your exposure to it. Many of us will be seriously impacted financially through job losses or lack of work. You are not alone, millions of us will be in the same position. Make a manageable plan and seek help if you are feeling overwhelmed.

Be grateful for the things in your life that you have or can do. Focussing on the good will have a positive effect on your mental health. When you are having a tough day and finding it hard to cope, focus on getting through the next day or even the next few hours rather than weeks or months. The sun will continue to rise and set. This situation will pass.Look for the opportunities and be creative. In a world of instant contact, demanding work lives and intrusive technology the current situation will allow many of us to step back from that for a period of time. Is there a project that you have wanted to take on but never had the time? Is there a bestseller in your head just waiting to be written? Is there work that you could do on a temporary basis? Necessity is the mother of invention, so perhaps now is the time to embark on something new.

Accept that we must adapt to the new environment we are living in. As an around-the-world sailor, I am used to my environment changing very quickly and having to adapt to forces that are outside of my control. In the coming weeks and months, restrictions on our lives and the effects of this virus will no doubt make us feel angry, upset, worried and scared. These are natural emotions but will use mental energy. Accepting a situation allows you to think more clearly and calmly.

The future will be different. That is the reality and we may as well embrace it. Mother nature has flicked the reset button. We have an opportunity to re-evaluate and change our behaviour for the better.
Check out her full blog here

Kindness around the World

In times of difficulty we can always find inspiration!

Let’s take a break from the anxiety and remember that the world still speaks the language of kindness! During these difficult times we have seen people come together to support each other. Acts of kindness have defined the pandemic, whether it’s Italian residents boosting their morale by singing in harmony on their balconies, communities applauding the brave medical frontline workers in Spain, or US landlords waving rent for their struggling tenants. These stories remind us that we are bigger than our fears.
Hence, we thought it’s a good idea to celebrate the traditions of human kindness from around the world to inspire your day:

South Africa - Ubuntu

The philosophy of ubuntu is most simply defined by “I am what I am because of who we all are.” The idea preaches that we are collectively stronger when we are kind to each other. Among the most famous proponents of this notion were Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Nelson Mandela. Their work and their implementation of the ubuntu philosophy have played a huge role in healing and bringing together a racially divided South Africa. Living a life with compassion by showing kindness towards both strangers and those who have wronged you is an incredible philosophy for life.

Egypt - Diyafa

One of Egypt’s best kept secrets are its stunning deserts where the Bedouin native tribes reside. The Bedouin people, (“Bedu” in Arabic, meaning “desert dwellers”) are nomadic people whose ancestors have lived in the desert for generations. Tribes travel through the harsh desert for weeks at a time. When they pass by a campsite, the hosts offer these travelers shelter, water and food. Diyafa (hospitality) is a virtue deeply ingrained in the Bedouin culture and is still practiced today.  Visitors are treated with unforgettable hospitality without anything expected in return.  Bedouin hospitality is one of a kind - check out the photos from our past journeys in the desert!

Japan - Omotenashi

It is fair to say that Japan holds the reputation for being one of the most polite countries in the world. Their selfless hospitality is a product of their tradition of omotenashi - translating to “spirit of service”. This tradition is central to the Japanese culture in which the guest is treated with utmost respect and hospitality, without expecting anything in return. It has become a way of life and shops and restaurants will greet their customers with a tea ceremony (sado) dating back centuries. 

Iran - Wall of Kindness

Not all cultural traditions need to be rooted in ancient history. A recent movement of compassion was inspired by a resident of the small town of Mashad which is tucked up in the mountainous North-East of Iran. One cold winter day in 2015, a local resident painted a wall in bright colours and installed pegs and hangers. Beside it, a painted message in Farsi read: “If you don’t need it, leave it. If you need it, take it.” Iranians responded with great enthusiasm and “walls of kindness” spread throughout the entire country. What a beautiful way to share extra items we may have with someone in need.

Travel Virtually

Who says you can’t travel from your living room?

Yeah we know you can’t travel at the moment. We’re all in the same boat. But thanks to the power of technology we can now visit some of the coolest spots in the world - virtually. Below is a list of some of the hottest virtual tours around the world. Enjoy the adventures!