Sometimes you have to look for the gift in the challenge. The particular gift I’d like to share in this article is the gift of wellbeing taking its rightful place at the executive leadership table – and we have Covid to thank for that. 1. One of the most important Gifts that the Challenge of Covid…
Self-care is essential for resilience. In addition to helping our brains and bodies, we create habits which help us deal much better with challenge and change
We’re starting to hear conversations about ‘getting back to normal’ and ‘returning to the old ways’. This is a normal response to change. Our brains want the certainty of returning to what we know, but we need to reset our expectations. Some things will be different, some will stay the same. One thing that we can guarantee is that we will all be adjusting to the new ‘normal’ and this itself will keep evolving.
Each and every one of us is reacting in our own unique way to today’s events. Learning to think neutrally or positively about challenging situations and events takes practice and time. Whatever you are feeling is to be respected, we are just offering a different perspective that could have beneficial outcomes.
Are you noticing yourself getting more distracted? Working from home, you might be aware that you are making more trips to the fridge, spending more time on social media or staring aimlessly out of the window. You are not alone! Our brains are distraction finding machines and that’s one of the reasons why sitting for hours…
By practising gratitude on a daily basis, we can start to live gratefully and appreciate life to its fullest at all times, retraining our brains to notice even the smallest of joys, and at the same time, boosting our powers of resilience.
A smile creates instant connection and it truly is the shortest distance between 2 people. Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress and even boost your immune system. When we smile, we release endorphins, natural pain killers for both physical and emotional pain, and we also release happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, all of which contribute to making us feel happier, more relaxed and less stressed.
We are built for connection, not isolation and we have many ways to connect. We are limited only by our imagination. Learn what others are doing and use what works best for you.
When we become aware that our needs are not being met, being compromised or challenged, we can take a step back and become objectively curious, then access the rational part of our brain to reframe what’s challenging us into a benefit or opportunity, or just learn to make like Elsa from ‘Frozen’ and ‘Let it Go!’.
Let’s look at some foods that feed our brain for resilience by boosting our immune system, helping against depression and anxiety and keeping the part of our brain healthy that is responsible for willpower, part of our Prefrontal Cortex (ventrolateral prefrontal cortex for the science buffs). We also have 100% control over adding these to our diet.