Strengthen Mental Health and Resilience
Pandemic time requires a lot of endurance. Besides the many day-to-day responsibilities and challenges, our emotional resilience are regularly tested.
Therefore, this time the article is about how to be aware of and develop your abilities so that you can overcome difficulties more easily and successfully, follow the goal and be aware of resources. Become more flexible.
Flexibility is not a fixed feature that a person either has or does not have; it is something that we can develop. And there are certain skills that help to do that.
Flexibility and mental resilience help to solve problems creatively, reformulate goals, make social contacts, seek help when needed. Emotionally resilient people experience more uplifting emotions and are physically healthier.
Ability to keep calm
Unexpected surprises or everyday problems, such as a stuck elevator, a flat tire, a forgotten phone at home, or a lost wallet, offer countless scenarios that temporarily lose your balance.
Such situations, especially those that cause a great deal of anxiety, can change the pattern of thinking from rational to emotional, dominated by reaction.
What to do about it? It’s worth pausing for a moment, taking a deep breath and taking a minute to think about how you want to react. Choose solutions that are in line with your values and protect your interests.
Patience and Acceptance
Listening is an art that tests your patience, especially if the interlocutor is sharing something you don’t want to hear, or when you can’t wait for the word to come up, so stop regularly or interrupt.
Although patience is one measure of endurance. By paying undivided attention to the interlocutor, delving into what he or she has said and allowing his or her thoughts to be fully expressed, you train your patience perfectly and improve your listening skills.
Patience and acceptance go hand in hand. The tendency to control and plan everything down to the smallest nuance can sometimes complicate life a lot.
Because there are things that, like it or not, are beyond your control. Then there is the choice – to assume that it is that the uncertainty was, is and will be, or to panic.
In fact, by embracing and accepting that change and uncertainty are an inevitable part of life, you open the way to creativity.
Look at the situation from the following point of view: by saying ‘yes’ to uncertainty and what is bad now, you are saying ‘yes’ to the good.
Optimism and gratitude
While it is easier for most people to feel like confident optimists on days when everything is out of hand and the world seems good, it is just as important, if not more important, to maintain a positive attitude on the darkest days.
We can use visualization here – remember happy moments, allow pleasant feelings to flow into the body – and the support and encouragement of the people closest to you, as well as the awareness and goals of your strengths.
Gratitude helps strengthen relationships and general well-being. The method of cultivating gratitude can apply to both large, important events and small everyday details, such as a deep breath, a glass of water, creative inspiration, a smile. Anything.
Pursuing the goal
Set specific goals! One way to set goals is to build on the so-called SMART principle, which is often used in business. To do this, there are five steps:
- Specific – the goal must be clearly defined and easy to understand, avoid generalizations such as “I want to live better”. The key here is a specific action.
- Measurable – it is important here that we can express the result in terms of time, numbers, etc., it depends on the goal.
- Attainable– the goal should be challenging enough, but realistic. Although small steps, the chief thing, go ahead!
- Relevance – like what you do, the goal must be in line with your personal values and interests.
- Time bound – this means setting specific deadlines for each stage on the way to the goal. After each time cut, evaluate what worked, but what did not and why.
The best option is to write down the goals, you can also note what has worked, what still needs to be worked on and then look at these notes when nothing really works, motivation wobbles, etc.
Pay attention to what has succeeded, which makes you smile and feel inspired.