Updated: Jul 27
In the midst of this ongoing crisis, it is crucial to develop coping skills and prioritize self-care.
As life coaching and mental health professionals, we understand the importance of motivation and practices that keep us moving forward.
In times of uncertainty, we must tap into our inner capabilities and cultivate confidence, courage, and positivity.
Our jobs, careers, businesses, and relationships have all experienced strain due to the recent periods of confinement, isolation, and loss. We all faced anxiety and depression caused by the circumstances of the pandemic. And many of you are still seeking a way to navigate the aftermath.
Like you, I went through a period of waking up and confronting the new reality, searching for a purpose to guide me through. And I want to support you in navigating and growing through your challenging period.
I have previously shared videos on social distancing, avoiding post-traumatic stress, choosing an empowering language, adapting to change, developing frustration tolerance, and building resilience.
However, it's time to go deeper and share my personal insights and experiences, providing you with valuable knowledge to help you function at your best every day, even as each day presents new challenges.
I won't overwhelm you with generic advice. Instead, I aim to offer genuine value. Strengthening Your Resilience; Life Unfolding shares practical insights and real-life examples that focus on personal growth, maintaining resilience, and becoming a leader in your own life, as well as within your family, social circle, and community.
So, let's start with building resilience in our current reality. I want to approach this topic from a long-term perspective, helping you cope, grow, and connect it all with your unique path and purpose. I'll provide an overview, and in the following weeks, we will break it down step by step.
According to Merriam-Webster, resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties, bounce back and regain shape, and overcome unforeseen challenges, barriers, limitations, or setbacks.
A resilient person is determined to overcome obstacles and continuously works on their emotional strength.
There are numerous tools available to develop resilience in the face of adversity. Personally, I find the work of Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., in his book "A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens," highly relevant. Although the book is aimed at parents, the skills and tactics discussed can be easily applied to our current circumstances. After all, we all need to become effective leaders during this time of crisis.
We will also explore how to apply Ginsburg's Seven C's of resilience to our present world crisis. These include Control, Competence, Coping, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Contribution.
But let's start with a simpler approach this week. Here are five ways to strengthen your resilience:
Release negativity: Take a moment to write down all your negative thoughts on a pad of paper. By unloading them, you prevent them from spiraling and keeping you trapped in depressive and anxious states.
Embrace change: Remember that growth happens when we face challenges. Write down all the obstacles, challenges, and barriers you encounter. Then, restructure them and create action plans for resolutions, striving for better outcomes.
Cultivate optimism: Acknowledge and focus on anything that gives you hope. Instead of dwelling on what you can't control, shift your attention to what can be done. Keep a daily log where negativity has no place.
Foster connections: If you're used to networking for business, redirect that energy towards social networking. If you're a social butterfly, explore new professional ventures. Engage in positive conversations with strangers, connect with others who follow and comment on inspiring individuals' posts, and seek out virtual get-togethers such as TED Circles, local community functions, or free virtual groups.
Prioritize self-care: Engage in activities that promote emotional, mental, social, environmental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Talk, share, listen, reflect, explore, and participate in healthy practices. Sitting in stress, worry, and anxiety will only perpetuate a sense of stagnation, hinder motivation, and keep you stuck in a rut.
These are just a few of the resilience topics I share with you in Strengthening Your Resilience; Life Unfolding. There is so much more to learn and develop in terms of resilience. That's why I'm excited to announce that I will be hosting private sessions focused on "How to Strengthen Your Resilience." Each topic will come with practical skill sets and resources to reinforce the resilience strategies you'll learn.
Don't miss this opportunity! You are already strong, but together, let's become even stronger!
If you would like to be a part of this or find out more information, book time with me.