Handling Big Feelings During This Challenging Time

The first offering of my Calm Balm for the Madness of March just finished. It’s not too late to sign up and get it if you missed the first run. Plus, it looks like coronavirus is here to stay through April and beyond, so I’m sure you’ll have many moments (or days on end) to put the videos to good use. Chronic sheltering in place can really weigh on you, and this FREE workshop and two weeks of ten-minute videos can help you to find a bit of calm, amidst these challenging times.

You can sign up here: Calm Balm

Here is a quick bonus video to help you deal with strong feelings during this wild time:

I hope you check the series out and that the videos are helpful to you – even for a few moments a day, to finding a little peace and calm, in the midst of everything being so strange and new.

Our capacity to remain calm and present through it all is a very valuable and protective tool that we can develop and share.

This coronavirus time has been described as being a steep learning curve; like trying to drink water from a fire hose; a Shit-show or hot mess; a crazy time; a time of grief; so much unknown; A LOT; so scary; a brave new world; so frustrating; a time to slow down; and that everything about it is especially WEIRD.

How would you describe it for yourself?

You can have access to these videos for as long as you need it. It’s also not too late to share them with friends and family.

You can sign up here: Calm Balm

The coronavirus is something that’s here for much longer than any of us ever imagined, and while we may feel we’ve made some adjustments since the crisis first hit, we still have a long way to go as we try to manage all of the fallout, outcomes and emotional-roller-coaster-ness of it for weeks (months?) on end.

Please know it’s perfectly natural and normal to have highs and lows; tears of pain and of joy; to feel intense sadness or loss, or moments of the absurd and silly. It’s normal to feel like we’re riding the wave in one moment, and then crashed and tumbled and not knowing which way is up in the next.

Much as we hate to admit it, we are all vulnerable in some way. We are all struggling to some degree, as we socially distance (whether in loneliness or aloneness; bickering more with our partner who we are trying to work at home with; being exhausted with trying to homeschool kids; while maintaining our workload; not having work we can do from home; worrying about loved ones, or the future; or finances, etc., etc., etc.…).

The emotional toll of all of this is HEAVY. All the more reason to be kind to ourselves, and all those surrounding us, who are struggling too.

Taking down-time to be still, quiet our minds, BREATHE is helpful not only to ourselves but to our families and communities as well – it’s an act of self-care AND an act that benefits the public health.

Please use any or all of these videos, and the accompanying questions to reflect on, as tools to help you turn down the volume of the fire hose blasting at you. I hope you find a few that are especially meaningful to you (not everyone likes everything!) and let yourself RINSE AND REPEAT as needed.

You can sign up here: Calm Balm

I also wanted to let you know that shortly I’ll be offering an online course for women of color to help build a personal oasis of calming tools in your hot mess life, and an online FREE workshop for couples (with at least one POC) to develop relationship saving tools while co-working through the coronavirus.

I’ll let you know when these things become available and, in the meantime, I’ll keep sending helpful thoughts and tips for surviving this pandemic with peace of mind, and calm in your heart.

Take very good care; practice social distancing with heart and be well. Many blessings and gratitude to you for all the hard work you’ve already done to get to this place.



Cindi Rivera


Many people have said to me that the videos were helpful to them and that they really appreciated getting a whole series that they could pick from and practice as needed. They’ve also said they were relevant and offered words of wisdom they hadn’t considered before.