Art Therapy Life Coach, Artist, Photographer, Designer—Gina believes that the purpose of the arts is to enrich and heal lives.
How Do You Anchor Yourself?
Anchors Help Us Stay Grounded and Connected.
Many people tend to think of anchors as things that weigh us down, but I would like for you to consider them, for today's purpose as things which help us in staying grounded and connected, those things which help us to deal better with uncertainty.
I won’t lie: I’m glad this past year is over and we’re now in a new one. So much has happened over the past year to really make us question a lot of things.
I’m not a huge fan of change, especially when so much of it was crammed into a single year. Don't get me wrong, though. I totally understand that change can signify greater things to come. This past year, however, really sent us on a tailspin.
And I don’t think I’m alone. I don’t know anyone who wakes up in the morning and says, bring on the change! No, we, as humans and even those of us who call ourselves Christians, like routine, and familiarity that brings a sense of security in an increasingly crazy world.
We want rhythms that help us navigate each day even when things go haywire.
So how do we maintain healthy habits in the midst of new situations or difficult times?
What truths might we cling to when we face uncertainty?
What actions can we take to ensure that we are not tossed to and fro during these challenging situations and times?
An Anchor Helps a Ship From Drifting Aimlessly on the Waters.
Staying Anchored Can Bring Stability and Security to Those Around You.
Most of us don’t deal well with uncertainty. I know I don’t! But that is the place we all find ourselves right now. No one knows how this global crisis is going to play out and none of us know what life will look like when we get past it.
- Will our loved ones be okay?
- How will we pay the bills?
- Will everyone stay safe?
- What will I do with my time while I am involuntarily isolated?
- How long is this going to last?
- Will we ever go back to normal?
- Do we really want to g back to normal?
- What will normal even look like?
In these times of uncertainty, when we feel like a small ship tossed about by the wind and waves of a perfect storm, it is so important to make sure that our anchor is secure.
Do you know what your anchors are?
We need as many as we can get right now! It's time to examine your anchors.
Staying anchored can bring security and stability to those around you.
Step 1: Print or Draw an Image of an Anchor.
Step 2: Make a List of Things That help to Anchor You or Keep You Grounded.
What are the primary values for your life?
How do you intentionally strengthen them?
What consistent, manageable steps do you take to focus on the life you want and minimize the impact of external factors?
My anchors, those things which provide stability and security, even in rough seas. list include:
- My Spiritual life
- Family life and connection
- Health and Self-care
- Connections, like friends and FB groups
- The Bible
- Essential oil perfumes
- Herbal remedies like tea, for health and wellness
- Candle light
- Family dinners
- Salt baths
- Creating art
- Financial freedom
- Board games that bring us together
- Personal values
- ...and more.
These are the things that are important to me.
Explore those things that are important to you.
Make your list.
Day 7 of Create With Gina: How Do You Anchor Yourself?
Step 3: Write Those Anchors On Your Drawing and Take Action Toward Strengthening Each Anchor.
Take a look at the example that I shared, and write your own examples onto your drawing.
After you have done that, consider this question:
How can you take action toward strengthening each anchor,?
For financial freedom you could list everything from “get a new job” or “get a second job” to “cut coupons."
- Take steps to build on each anchor every single day.
- Stay flexible.
- Trust the process.
Change may occur slowly, but it will occur.
It’s very easy to let circumstances dictate the sort of life you live, to feel tossed around in the world. But it’s not the only way to live. There is an alternative. Clarify what you really want, create a plan, focus, and take consistent action.
There is strength in applied action, and there is freedom in saying “no” to the things that don’t fit your vision for your own life.
With strong anchors, you will be able to weather any storm.
Feel free to frame or post your drawing in a prominent place where you will be reminded of them daily.
Another Example of How I Did this Activity.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Gina Welds Hulse