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Here is a complete guide to navigate the First Mercury Retrograde of 2024

Apr 11, 2024 04:50 PM IST

Mercury will be moving backwards and causing problems in the zodiac sign of Aries for most of the month, from April 1 to April 24.

April has come, and with it comes the first Mercury retrograde of 2024. Mercury will be moving backwards and causing problems in the zodiac sign of Aries for most of the month, from April 1 to April 24. But what does this mean for you, and how can you stay focused and happy during this time when things might go wrong?

Let's find out what could be way to survive mercury retrograde.(Pixabay)
Let's find out what could be way to survive mercury retrograde.(Pixabay)

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What is Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury, named for the trickster god of messaging and commerce, moves faster than any other planet in our solar system. Three to four times a year, it goes into retrograde. From our view on Earth, Mercury seems to move backwards, but it's just slowing down its usual pace, causing confusion and disruptions during this time.

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How to Survive Mercury Retrograde?

Because Mercury influences aspects like communication, technology, and travel, when it slows down during its retrograde periods, it often leads to issues in these areas.

You might experience confusion in conversations, difficulties with technology, cancelled plans, or unexpected messages from people from your past. Instead of fighting against these challenges, it's better to go with the universe's flow and accept the changes and inconveniences that come your way.

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This retrograde might feel more intense because it coincides with the eclipse season, often bringing significant changes. However, finding peace during this time is still possible. Retrograde periods can bring unexpected opportunities, so it's important to remain adaptable and open-minded.

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Rather than getting stressed, it's helpful to prepare for potential disruptions by creating flexible schedules and backup plans. Although it might be tough, especially for those who like to be in control, viewing retrograde as a personal growth opportunity can help you navigate challenges and realise your resilience.

Here are 7 ways to stay productive during the Mercury Retrograde

  • Take it slow- Mercury retrograde can disrupt our mental clarity, leading to feelings of anxiety and pressure to rush through tasks. However, succumbing to this urge can be counterproductive. During this cosmic event, trying to cram too much into too little time will only result in errors. It's better to prioritize quality over quantity and thoroughly review each email, tweet, or assignment before sending it out. Focus on completing one task at a time. By taking a methodical approach and focusing on one task at a time, you can navigate through Mercury retrograde easily and ensure success in your endeavors.
  • Listen to your circadian rhythm- The arrival of this year's first Mercury retrograde coincides closely with daylight savings time and the spring equinox, disrupting our sleep patterns. The changes in daylight hours during spring can affect our circadian rhythms. Instead of fighting against your body's natural energy fluctuations, align your schedule. Plan your more challenging and creative tasks when your energy levels peak, and save lighter tasks or breaks for when your energy tends to dip. Whether an early riser or a night owl, capitalize on your peak energy periods to maximize productivity. Start your day with vigour if you're an early bird, or harness the evening energy surge if you're a night owl. You can navigate Mercury retrograde with greater ease by syncing your activities with your natural energy rhythms.
  • Boosting Mood and Motivation- One of the fastest and most efficient ways to change your mood and boost your motivation is by moving your body. Taking care of your body can make a significant difference when you're not feeling your best mentally. With spring upon us, take the opportunity to stretch your legs, try out a new sport, or fit in a morning workout. If exercise isn't your preference, consider indulging in a massage, taking a contrast shower, or practising some yoga.
  • Develop listening and communication abilities- Mercury retrograde offers a prime opportunity to develop listening and communication abilities that can benefit your present and long-term relationships. During Mercury retrograde, miscommunication tends to be rampant. What appears clear may be obscured by cosmic interference. Therefore, it's crucial to engage in active listening, pose inquiries, refrain from criticism, document everything, and conduct follow-ups whenever feasible.
  • Embrace monotony- Amidst turbulent times, solace and clarity can be discovered in completing everyday tasks that are straightforward and free from mental strain. Direct your attention towards activities demanding focus and accuracy, ones you often overlook. Whether it involves organizing files, performing data entry, or tidying your workspace, the satisfaction of ticking off these mundane tasks from your list will be palpable.
  • Embrace progress over perfection- Remember, especially during Mercury retrograde, that making progress is more important than striving for perfection. Give yourself the grace to accept that everyone, including celestial bodies like Mercury, can have off days. It's time to release the burden of perfectionism. Don't be afraid to delegate tasks, seek support when necessary, and set realistic expectations for yourself.
  • Stay Grounded and Positive- When our emotions are overwhelming, we can focus on the body, identifying and releasing physical tension through stretching or gentle practices like qigong and yoga. A relaxed body helps calm the mind, making mindfulness easier. Instead of dwelling on negatives, try a gratitude practice. Spend a few minutes each day writing down three things you're thankful for. This shifts focus to the positives, even amidst the confusion. Stay focused, stay thankful, keep breathing.






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