Personal resilience requires a sense of self-worth, self-esteem and self-belief. It requires a good support network from those who are understanding. It needs the ability to cope with change – each day is different in lockdown. Every day we feel different, and every day can throw the unexpected at us.
Self-esteem comes from an understanding of who we are. It also comes from an acceptance of ourselves, just the way we are right now. We are perfect in our imperfection. Give yourself permission to fail but at the same time, be accountable for that decision.
A good support network is essential during lockdown. We are social animals, and a lack of social interaction has a massive impact on mental health, our wellbeing, our eating and drinking habits and on our physical wellbeing. Both extroverts and introverts need to be in touch with people for work and social purposes.
Give and Take
There is joy in making someone else happy. That might mean ensuring someone else has time for themselves, giving an act of kindness, or spending time with someone in need of company (in person or remotely). Not only will they feel happier, but you will feel happier too. Spend time with people who make you feel better and avoid toxic people who make you feel bad about yourself or bring out the worst in you.
Let It Go
When many aspects of our lives are beyond our control due to lockdown restrictions, it is common to exert more control in other areas of our life. Decide what is really important to have control over and be more relaxed about the things that are not. Take a deep breath and let it go. It will help to keep things in perspective.
TOP LOCKDOWN SURVIVAL TIPS
Did you make some New Year’s Resolution for 2021? Are you keeping to them so far? Do you choose something different every year, or is it the same New Year’s Resolution every year? Does it feel a bit like Ground Hog Day? And do you achieve your goal or see your New Year’s Resolution through to the end of the year? Did you know that most people set a new year’s resolution and fail to keep to it?
Polls run for Bupa and YouGov show that 32% of Britons make a New Year resolution and guess what. Losing weight and getting fitter are the top priorities.
For years, no actually, for decades, I had the same two New Year’s resolutions. And yes, you’ve guessed it. They were;
When it comes to diet and nutrition, people want a miracle cure and ask too much of themselves. They either try to make too many changes or make changes that are too big. And so, we set ourselves up to fail. Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice, and it starts with small changes and no dieting. When I stopped concentrating on diet food, I started to lose weight.
Since 2008, my new year’s resolution has been To Be Kinder to myself. And when I am kinder to myself, I forgive myself when I am not perfect, or do not make the ideal food choices. I also find that by being kinder to myself, I am also kinder to others. Oh yes, and I am several stone lighter too.