Your body is a map for your mental health – which is why I strongly recommend setting up one or more anchor points in your life.
I started developing little rituals to ground myself – in other words, setting up my home base. I drink tea and meditate every morning, so when I travel, I take the same tea with me and always set aside some time for mindfulness.
Other than that, I do things I’d normally do at home. I talk to my friends, I listen to similar music, and I always find time to walk or run in nature. These sound like small things, but they’re invaluable in helping my nervous system feel anchored and less vulnerable to stress factors in my environment.
There’s a quote by Dr Kristin Neff that really helps me through tough times: “This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need”.
I love this phrase – whenever I’m going through a period of uncertainty, it’s always good to remind ourselves that ‘this too shall pass’. It’s important to acknowledge the uncertainty, as opposed to pretending it’s not there.