How to help ourselves as we head into winter, in the midst of a pandemic.

Small steps, big impact

Take care of the foundations

Prioritise your sleep, look after your diet and take some sort of exercise, every day if you can. It seems an obvious place to start but it is so easy to forget how important these are, and easy to neglect them, when you are busy, overwhelmed or stressed.

Connect

People are social animals and we all need to feel connected with others. I think this is one of the big things that many of us are missing as a result of the pandemic.

Mindfulness

With mindfulness, you don’t need to meditate cross legged for 30 minutes, though if that’s your thing, go for it and you will definitely feel the benefits. But, actually, research has shown that just ten minutes a day of meditation can really make an impact on how we handle stress and anxiety, as well as improve our cognitive capabilities. If you are interested, there are lots of great free apps to get you started.

Do something that makes you happy

We can’t do a lot of the things that we once took for granted, we can’t plan too far ahead, and lots of things are just not possible at the minute. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t do something that makes you happy.

Gratitude

Even in the hardest times, we all have things to feel grateful for, but sometimes they are forgotten. It might sound a bit out there, but practising gratitude works. You can do this in many ways, maybe having a gratitude journal, or writing letters to people to thank them for their influence in your life. I always recommend reading Martin Seligman, a Professor of Psychology and commonly known as the founder of the positive psychology field, who will show you the research and science behind this practice.

Keep going

Don’t try to do too much at once. Pick one thing that’s not too challenging, we have enough that’s challenging going on right now.

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Helping people to thrive, both at work and in their life. Writing about coaching, leadership and resilience. https://www.thrivecoachingdevelopment.com/

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Marie Ferris

Helping people to thrive, both at work and in their life. Writing about coaching, leadership and resilience. https://www.thrivecoachingdevelopment.com/