Bouncing back from difficult times in your life has never been easy but with Covid 19 this is now a crucial life skill both for your own mental wellbeing and for your loved ones, whether you are living apart or with them. If you are lockdown with others, you have to stay strong to help them, on your own then you have to rely on your own resilience to keep a positive mindset. Either way, finding ways to be resilient has never been more needed. This blog will outline 3 simple things you can do to improve your resilience and bounce back through this difficult, testing time.
Here are 3 simple things you can do right now to improve your resilience and stay mentally strong.
Avoid the news
It is easy to aimless scroll through social media posts, listen to Radio 4 constantly, or sat glued to the TV, waiting for the latest coronavirus update. But never before has it been more important not to do that. Avoid listening to the latest news, the world and the medical profession are still coming to terms with what to do and the best way forward. Whilst your input is valid it isn’t going to change the situation. Ranting and raging at the lack of effective equipment is not going to make it happen any quicker. Stay safe, protect your own mental wellbeing, and improve your bounce-back resilience by removing yourself and not getting involved. This crisis will resolve itself, there will be a sunnier future and you will be a part of that. Avoid the news, stay sane.
Being positive in a crisis is not nieve it is leadership. The more caring and open approach to leadership as demonstrated by world leaders has paid huge dividends to their respective countries’ wellbeing. A recent article in the Guardian quoted the secret weapon in the fight against coronavirus: women. New Zealand, led by Jacinda Ardern, is also a world leader in combating the virus which is due to geography and size and being an island state also gives it a distinct advantage. However, leadership is also a factor. New Zealand has implemented widespread testing and Ardern has responded to the crisis with clarity and compassion.
Treat yourself with clarity and compassion and avoid negativity. Don’t dwell on negative stories, change your social media feed so that your contacts and feed is positive. I have been #postpostiive for over a month now. It means that the FB algorithm has noted that I want similar positive posts. I have had a reduced amount of American spam, and hate-filled, behaviour correcting sentiments instead I have seen more posts of lovely dogs giving emotional advice, bird pictures in blossoming trees, humour filled videos, and of course Captain Tom living it up in Jamaica now he has his millions.
Do you have some good news to share? What’s made you happier in the past 24 hours? Have you seen a pleasing picture of a bird? Please send it all our way, either by commenting below or emailing me I’d love to share it in my posts #postpositive
Strong Personnel Connections
Whilst on the surface it may feel harder in lockdown, to keep loved ones close there are ways of overcoming the obvious issues of spatial distancing – notice the play on words spatial not social distancing. Social connection is imperative, feeling reassured is the best way to calm your nervous system and reduce the onslaught of stress hormones cortisol – that create belly fat, reduce your immune system and lower your ability to fight any virus.
Talking to someone you trust is always an effective tool for mastering your thoughts. Sometimes it is your bestie and other times it can be a stranger. My dog-walking friends seem to know my ups and downs rather well, although they have no idea where I live. Well, let’s hope not anyway.
Reach out has never been easier. I have been an advocate of online coaching for years. The anonymity of not knowing your everyday life with the added benefit of feeling more relaxed because you are in your own surroundings makes online coaching one of the fastest-growing industry, going online is the new proactive life experience that will enhance and benefit your mental health. Not sure if you have your resilience and you are ready to improve your bounce back, great, then Book some time for you x
If something I’ve said has resonated with you then please leave a comment, I would be interested to know what do you think? Share your story in the comments.
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