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Survival Mode 101: A Reminder List for Thriving

Survival Mode 101: A Reminder List for Thriving

(featured in Mantra Wellness Magazine)

When we’re in the throes of survival mode, we still need to show up for our life. Yet how do we stop the frenetic spin of survival mode from throwing us off course and out of balance? In order to find our true north, we need to collect our bearings and what better way to establish a steady cadence than with a handy “to do” list! This is our “break in case of emergency” tool for when life is getting the best of us and we need someone or something to point our shoulders in the right direction. 

  • Create physical, mental and emotional space
  • Spend alone time in nature
  • Move my body
  • Be physical
  • Engage and indulge my senses
  • Use my voice
  • Sing
  • Shout “YES!” over and over. Do the same with “NO!”
  • Listen to music and turn up the volume
  • Dance.  Allow myself to get lost in the music. Let the music move my body
  • Write. Just purge everything held within my mind
  • Talk to myself aloud to get my thoughts, fears and concerns out of my mental real estate
  • Buy myself flowers or pick flowers
  • Take a bath with candles and essential oils and sugar scrub
  • Write a note on my bathroom mirror “I love you! Everything is going to be way better than okay!”
  • Stay connected with my inner knowing
  • Put a picture of my 5 year old self on the refrigerator 
  • Be nice to me. Speak to me with kindness and compassion
  • Trust life has my back. Feel the truth of it
  • What’s essential for me in this moment?
  • What’s essential for me today?
  • What do I need and how can I give it to myself?
  • Find small ways to satisfy the value I feel at risk, threatened or uncertain
  • Test my worst case scenario…what if this did happen, then what? What would I do then?
  • What’s my exit strategy if my worst case scenario happens so I may feel a little better about possible outcomes?
  • Disarm my big fear by poking holes in my beliefs
  • Get curious about the false “truths” and old beliefs from my upbringing and developmental years that may add to my distress…what was I taught that actually isn’t true at all?
  • Am I buying into a storyline or narrative that isn’t even true for me anymore?
  • What do I want to change?
  • What feels most important to me and my life right now?
  • Wonder about the treasure waiting for me on the other side of this experience
  • When I’m on the other side of this, how do I want to live?
  • What do I need to remember about myself?
  • If I were my own best friend, what would I tell me?
  • Write a letter to myself talking me off my proverbial cliff
  • Make my mental well-being a priority 
  • Put my needs first
  • Remember right now is not my conclusion, it’s part of my beautiful unfolding


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