Ten top tips to help you keep your sanity through COVID19

  1. Still have a routine – we thrive on routine (just like our horses)
    • Ensure you eat & drink healthily, exercise if possible (even if indoors)
  2. If you are allowed (sorry for those that cannot which is a high proportion of you) enjoy being with your horse – perhaps if you can safely give a good groom & bath in this great weather – this can help you gain some normality for a time (were you meaning to get that mane under control? ?) Try some new ground work skills with your horse & strengthen your bond.
    • If you cannot visit the yard does your livery yard have an e- group set up that can share videos of the horses & let you all stay in touch – keep the banter between you lighthearted.
      Restrict your viewing of social media to nice enjoyable pages that can take your mind of the situation – question to yourself whether it could be fake news –
  3. Do not rely on news from a friend coz Dr X from hospital Y says “wash your hand in garlic” – there is A LOT of fake news & scaremongering about – get your facts direct from sources you can trust (think carefully about these sources)
    • Find some good horse training pages – there are a few top riders that are releasing some free training videos – now is a great time to increase your knowledge
  4. Restrict how much news you read/ watch as otherwise you surround yourself in sensational headlines which are repeated again & again – refrain from “groundhog day of gloom”
  5. Catch up with friends. Just because we are shut away doesn’t mean you have to be isolated- as far as I know no one has caught it via video link/ the telephone line – isolation can be the biggest mental health trigger – get in touch with old friends & renew old friendship bonds
  6. If safe to do so have sometime outside – that might just be sitting in the sunshine (we have some at the moment enjoy it!)  – how often do you have time to just stop & enjoy nature even in cities?
  7. Enjoy having some escapism – reread your favourite books, watch that boxset you were wanting to watch and/ or learn a new skill
  8. I am aware that some of you may have lost your income/ perhaps you have the worry of employees that you cannot pay – the government is trying to help with all this. Check out their pages also Martin Lewis (https://www.moneysavingexpert.com) always seems a good place to start for info. I know it is hard to stay calm – 24 hours seems a long time but hopefully there will be help for the self-employed too
    • Think outside the box – can you work online at all? I will be releasing a training positive mindset program in the coming few days/ weeks
  9. Within your daily routine practice some mindfulness/ meditation – the following link is a list of my videos
  10. If you are really struggling with negative thoughts – sit down & write them all down – list them all even if they sound silly – keep going for several minutes until you really cannot think of anymore – let you brain completely empty them all & do not judge them. Once you cannot think of anymore, start working your way through them one at a time (logically) work out what is in your control & what is not. What is in your control? Have a think logically how you can improve the situation – perhaps discuss with others (someone on the outside can have a totally different perspective & have the solution). Things that are not in your control learn to accept – it is not in your control (like when the storms passed through the other week) & realise logically there is no point you worrying about it as you cannot control it (I know easier said than done sometimes!)

Mindset coaching from Inspirider

Do you find that you get frustrated with yourself as you feel you never reach your full potential? If the answer is yes then look at the INSPIRIDER TREE. Although traditional training teaches you the skills you need to ride with success, true long-term success requires more than this. How do Olympic riders manage the day to day stress of running a professional yard on top of competing? They need to be able ‘put down’ all stresses that you & I have every day, mount their horse & compete with 100% focus on the competition at all times (often under the watchful eye of the owner who can take the horse away at any time). If they fail, they have no income! And you thought competing was stressful!! SO HOW DO THEY DO IT?

Such riders have other skills as well as those of riding; they are able to delegate to others what they can. They can learn from their mistakes & bad falls, looking at them in a positive way, releasing any negative emotions. When they feel stressed/ nervous (of course they feel nervous they are human!!) they have strategies that allow them cope, to become stronger & positive, rather than collapse in a heap on the floor! They are highly motivated & have a strong self-belief, that ‘picks them up off the floor’ when things go wrong so they carry on, often having to mount another horse & compete again with 100% focus & professionalism.

Whether you struggle with competition nerves, bogey fences, a lack of focus and/or motivation at home or at competitions, Inspirider can help. Using Neuro linguistic Programming (NLP), we work with all your senses to help change your mental strategies while riding/ preparing to ride, which can then alter your mindset to the whole scenario. We also can use Time Line Therapy (TLT™) to release limiting beliefs (eg “I’m not good enough”) & negative emotions, so that you are truly focusing on the job in hand rather than all those negative thoughts. We often use visualisation techniques, that allow you to confront those fear demons/ negativity, allowing you to practise (psychologically) what you will do once riding. (In other words, to work with Inspirider, you do not need to be sitting on a horse, as all negativity is within your head, so that is where you need to improve.) Remember, as also a master practitioner in hypnosis, Inspirider can work at a deeper unconscious level if needed, to banish stubborn fear demons.

So, what if you cannot put your finger on it, but you never really reach your true potential? Perhaps you would say that you never feel ‘nervous’ as such, but you sabotage your or your horse’s performance when at an important competition. This may be due a multitude of reasons, including limiting beliefs, a lack of ambition (perhaps your competitive values are not important to you) or you have secondary gain by not succeeding. Whatever the reasons, we can delve into the ‘whys’ and work out a ‘how to’ programme. With a clear direction, using inspiration goals that allow you to work towards what you want – REALLY WANT – you will then have a clear pathway ahead with a positive mindset.

Looking at the INSPIRIDER TREE, just like a tree in a storm, you need strong roots to ensure your riding stays strong through tough competitions/ riding days. Without strong roots, you can topple at any moment! We can work with you to make your performance the best it can & ‘weather those storms’. For more information get in touch for a no obligation chat: train your mind as well as your body!! WE are now offering monthly coaching packages that allows you to book a two-hour coaching session each month at a mutually convenient time. For the rest of this year, we are offering this at a greatly reduced rate so why take advantage (see offers for more details) or www.inspirider.co.uk for all packages available.