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Keeping sanity  

  

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With all of your experience, Jason, do you have some counsel to give those Financial Advisers who my be tearing their hair out at the moment?

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Over the 30 years that I have been working, advising and involved in running businesses, I’ve learned these things that help me stay mentally well and resilient. 

- We will get through this current crisis eventually and despite the pain and loss that will be caused, the majority of us will come through this better on many fronts. Adversity is the mother of invention. 

- I mediate for 10 minutes each day, as I find it clears my mind and helps me feel calm and grounded. As someone who is generally ‘high energy’ (my wife would describe me as a bit ‘manic’) this helps me mentally.

- I have practised yoga for the past 5 years and this helps my mental state.

- I also do at least 45 minutes of exercise every day and keep hydrated. That helps me regulate my mood.

- Every evening when I’m lying in bed I think of all the things that I am grateful for and what went well during the day. I do think about mistakes and mishaps but only for what I can learn from them.

- I try to look for ways to help other people (no matter how small), because I believe that what goes around comes around. 

- I see adversity, challenges and obstacles as learning opportunities, and while there are many things I can’t control, I can control how I react and respond to them.

- And I try to laugh as much as I can. If funny things are hard to come by I watch a stand up comedy sketch online.