STAYING MENTALLY RESILIENT DURING THE CURRENT TIMES
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change. “
“I don’t break, I am a warrior” a simple mantra that has always helped me to ‘bounce back’ in my life. This mantra reminds me that I am tough, adaptable and unshakeable and can face any adversity. A mantra that I always share with my family, friends, and my students because each one of us has been encountering challenges and stressors. I know it is not easy, but believe me whatever we tell ourselves in these‘challenging moments’ matter! Always remember that ifone negative phrase can activate fear, stress and anxiety, an empowering mantra can help you reframe your mindset.
Now coming to this word ‘Resilience’ which has recently become quite common and is often described as ‘bouncing back’ with fortitude, helps us to fight with our stressful and unforeseen circumstances. But being a teacher let me explain it with a very real, relevant and relatable example. Have you ever planted a sapling? If the answer is ‘NO’, then you must do it immediately because a sapling can teach you large lessons of life. But for those who have experienced it, have you ever realised that you are as strong and resilient as those plants? They withstand the sun and its heat, the cold, and the rain, and they still survive and bloom. The plant doesn’t think, “I’m good for nothing,” or, “I’m scared of the sun and the rain,” or “Why do I keep getting moved from one clay pot to another?” Whatever happens, the plant spreads its leaves and beginsflexing its roots to connect with the soil. So, this is what ‘bouncing back’ really is, or what we term as being mentally resilient.
‘We are just like these plants. We are stronger than we think.’
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
Each day is different, each day is a challenge. We all go through bad times, we all experience disappointment, loss, and change, and we all feel sad, anxious, and stressed at various times in our lives. But the power of bouncing back, the power of that one positive mantra, the power of being resilient helps to smooth the rough waters and sail with grace, contentment and satisfaction.
Resilience isn’t a macho quality and nobody is born with it; it’s an ongoing process; it’s creating a mindset that requires efforts to build and needs to be maintained over time.
It’s clear that 2021 will continue to test our mental health. Therefore, it’s a time in which we have to learn to navigate carefully as this is the new normal. So come on! Emerge as the boldest and the fiercest warrior because you certainly have the capacity and ability to bounce back — or even bounce forward. Let’s shield ourselves with love, compassion, perseverance and endurance and no matter what the next couple of months bring, here are 10 techniques you can focus on to foster your resilience.
1) BE OPTIMISTIC AND BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITIES
2) EMBRACE THE CHANGE
2) HAVE CARING AND SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE AROUND YOU
3) NURTURE YOUR BODY, MIND AND SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS
4) MAKE EVERYDAY MEANINGFUL
5) BE PROACTIVE
6) DON’T BOW DOWN TO PRESSURE
7) BE EMPATHETIC AND COMPASSIONATE
8) CULTIVATE GRATITUDE AND COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
9) BELIEVE IN YOURSELF- ‘YOU ARE PRECIOUS’
10) BELIEVE IN GOD’S LOVE AND POWER
These are some positive affirmations that will initially help you to crawl, then walk, then run and finally, it will help you to skip and dance in all your unsettling circumstances.
Be patient. It will take time, and always remember that you’re not alone on the journey, and you may not be able to control all of your circumstances, but still, you can grow and flourish with the support of your loved ones. Never underestimate yourself, we are stronger than any deadly virus, and we have already proved it by growing with solidarity even in adverse situations when life has reduced our options. No matter what age and profession, we all have fought and will continue to fight with a positive mindset.
“Rejoice In Hope, Be Patient In Tribulation, Be Constant In Prayer”