For many, there is a deep sense of weariness from months of pent-up stress, as well as, dreading the approaching winter months. In looking for a boost, you are not alone. Frustrations and anxiety come at us from many angles, relentlessly it seems. Looking to increase your “Surge Capacity”? How to gain resilience?
- Recognize it is OK to Not be OK. This year has been unprecedented. We are not expected to be prepared. Understand, we need to soothe ourselves, as we move through this uncertainty.
- Create a challenge. Build your emotional toolbox. Document it. Break out of your slump with accountability. We don’t know where the finish line is for this pandemic. We need to keep setting, adjusting and moving our own finish lines, daily, monthly and in the years to come.
- Think ahead. It is hard to refill your reservoir now. Instead imagine what you will be doing, after? What have taken you for granted? Focus on making small things treasured. List in your toolbox what coming out the other side of this time will look like, plan on what will be enough.
- Confront winter. Make a self-care plan in advance of feeling isolated. We need to plan ahead for the times of isolation. Learn to fill your tools box so when you are in need at a non-resilient moment you go and pull out a tools you know that works.
- Embrace Zoom. Resilience together is stronger. Interacting with others is a boost. Discuss what post-pandemic looks like for friends and family. You may catch an idea.
Human nature is recharged by positive connections. Learn to reach out, as we all get depleted at different time. You may surge, just when another friend or family member needs contact the most.