I have fallen in love with Brene Brown’s work ever since I was first introduced to it a few years back. One of the biggest concepts I have taken from her work is what she calls ‘the arena’ of life. A concept that teaches us to show up and lean into every hard thing that comes our way. And today I want to share with you, how this concept can allow us to show up as brave and authentic.
Brene encourages us to find our fellow warriors around us who are in the arena showing up and being brave too. Living through multiple pandemics (BLM, Covid, opiate crisis, etc) has pushed me up and beyond within my arena as I have been asked as a frontline worker to still show up when it is scary to do so.
I have had the chance to see the most incredible front-line workers push through fear, unknown factors, lack of personal safety and still authentically show up for other people who need support or a listening ear. The waves of this pandemic have hit us hard at different times and something I have learned is the need for trauma to get out of my body as it builds up.
Even after the trauma is over our body can hold the feelings associated with these incidents. Here are three things I have done to get the trauma out of my body…
- Exercising for 30 minutes even if that is a light walk.
- Hugging someone you care about until your body relaxes it’s typically 20 seconds
- Three minutes of deep breathing.
Taking care of our bodies is one of the most important things we need to do when working within our arena. Why? Because if we don’t, that trauma will manifest in negative ways within us and can cause burnout or actual physical pain. This pandemic has been hard on us all, joining together to care for our bodies is one thing we can do to support our overall well-being.
- I know we all have been warriors though this time, how can you invest in your wellness so you can keep fighting authentically in the arena?
- What is your body saying to you through this time, what are you doing to honour that request?
- Who is in your arena and how are you supporting each other?