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Adapting To The New Normal | Ep 185

Dominick Quartuccio from the podcast The Great Man Within joins us to talk about how to process our emotions during these stressful times.

First things first, Dominick reminded us that we are all battling the same thing. Allow yourself some slack to feel whatever you are feeling.

First, understand where you are. What is the one word that best describes what you are feeling right now?

Common words:

  • Anxious
  • Uncertain
  • Overwhelmed
  • Isolated
  • Worried
  • Helpless
  • Bored
  • Worn
  • Worn down

But it’s not all bad. Other common words are:

  • Blessed
  • Grateful
  • Hopeful

The three biggest challenges are

  1. Keeping a positive mindset
  2. Poor habits from being stuck at home
  3. Feeling either isolated or suffocated

Once you know where you are, figure out where you want to be and start the work to get there.

Keeping A Positive Mindset

It’s not realistic to feel positive all the time. There are a lot of people out there who have taken serious hits during this time. From lost businesses to lost loved ones. You must allow space to feel whatever feelings you have, you do yourself a disservice by thinking you must feel positive all the time no matter what.

One book that Dominick loves during times like this is Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning. Vicktor Frankl was a holocaust survivor who lost everything, including his entire family. There is a quote from the book:

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.

Fortify Your Inner Foundation

Here are a few tools to fortify your inner foundation

1. Embrace the bumpy transition

Acknowledge it’s going to be rough and accept the changes. Fighting against reality often makes the transition more difficult. Accept that it’s going to be rough and that this is normal.

2. Develop an information consumption protocol

Dominick has set up his own information consumption protocol which is:

  • No content for the first 60 minutes of the day
  • Select the information sources you trust and only get information from those sources
  • Turn off non-essential notifications
  • Limit the number of times you check the news

3. Morning and evening routines

Morning and evening routines set the tone for the whole day.

In the morning, Dominick suggests doing Wimhoff breathing exercises for 15 -60 minutes first thing in the morning. This will help decrease your anxiety and increase your immune system–two things we could all use right now!

Journaling is another useful morning routine to decrease anxiety.

In the evening, no external information for 30 minutes before sleep. This helps calm the brain and allows for an easy transition into sleep.

To get Dominick’s PDF that he created for ChooseFI listeners text “ChooseFI2020” to 44222 

Connect With Dominick Quartuccio

Visit Dominick’s site

Check out his podcast The Great Man Within

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