On every continent around the world, we have faced an unprecedented crisis this year. In almost every way, we have been challenged beyond what we could possibly imagine. Most of us have had to take various measures to control the stress that comes with the storm of change. As we head into the new year, there is a feeling of solidity that begins to build up.
As we have passed through the battlefield unlike any other, many of us are building on our trustworthy tools that have helped us understand the unprecedented difficulties of 2020. Looking back on the 2020 lessons he has taught us, there are five key highlights related to building the resilience we desire. These five things have been important to people from all walks of life and will continue to be important as we move forward in a world that has changed forever.
Consider these five steps to strengthen your resolve by 2021 and beyond:
- Be kind to yourself
Most of the time we are quick to empathize with others, but we are slow to be with them. Time to install the script. While we can all be our worst critics, what we need most is to accept our selfishness and acceptance where we are.
Instead of setting unreasonable expectations – which literally puts us in failure – describe what each day’s success looks like to you. And you are right with the fact that each day can look very different. Our global epidemic has completely taken over our daily lives, so being kind to you in a world that can change in just a moment is important.
- Apply the 5 minute rule
It may sound like a silly question but – when did you last check yourself? Knowing how you feel – and how that may affect your communication with others – is a big step in managing your day. Set aside at least 5 minutes (more if you can!) To examine yourself to see how you feel, think about why you feel that way, and explain what you need.
You can’t negotiate so self-care is very important – especially in the world’s most volatile climate. Try publishing to set your goals, or just find a quiet place to enjoy tea or coffee and be alone with your thoughts. A 5, 10 or 15 investment can have a powerful impact on your day.
“Almost everything will work and if you take it out for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott
- Describe a more convenient schedule
Your schedule may now be very different from January 2020. Your working hours, exercise routine, and meeting with friends and family may vary. So trying to stick to a system that was designed to work in conjunction with highly altered living things does not make dollars or sense. Take a step back and think about how you can use your day to day responsibilities and activities to help you get the best out of each day now.
- Practice giving thanks every day
Practicing gratitude every day helps to shape our vision of the lens of hope. We have a lot of negative external factors surrounding our daily lives, so there is no need to create more stress within our realm by choosing to have a negative impact from the beginning. Start each day by looking at what you are grateful for and watching how your feelings are raised. This simple step has made a huge difference in keeping many of us successful each day.
“Thanksgiving is the most important thing in life. The more you show appreciation for what you have, the more likely you are to have more. ”- Zig Ziglar
- Connect – not just online
Most of us do not spend as much time as we would like to in some other way because of an epidemic, which can be challenging. This can transmit feelings of loneliness and can affect our mental health.
As human beings we are designed to connect – and human communication can be the true food of the soul for all of us. So, instead of feeling alone at home or stuck online – pick up the phone! Call your friends and family to have a heartfelt conversation over the phone where you can listen to their voice. For those of us who love a great FaceTime chat, Skype or ZOOM – jump online to spend time together. We may not be able to be together in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect. Also, remember to reach out to people you may not have heard from recently. They may need a word of encouragement like yours to encourage them.
As a businessman, mother, wife, friend and community member, I saw firsthand how important resilience is. I also know that building resistance requires practical practice. This means embracing certain behaviors and methods in the prescribed way so that you can always work to be a “fire proof,” known for being strong. As we enter the courageous New Year that may be marked by unexpected changes, increasing your endurance will be a wise investment. Do not roll the dice, double your reinforcement.
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