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Are you thriving or surviving in the current climate?

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions" Stephen Covey

As we begin to adapt to new ways of working and enter our new normal, are you thriving or surviving? Pressing pause and reflecting on the last few weeks, many of us were in survival mode and on an emotional rollercoaster of high cortisol levels and unsustainable actions. Fast forward to today, and as you create new habits and establish a new routine, ask yourself what does this new normal look like and what steps are you going to take to continue to move forward during this time? 

Setting yourself up to thrive is an active process rather than passive. We want to help you to rediscover what small tweaks you can make as, now more than ever, choosing to spend your energy on the things you can control makes all the difference. 

Are your energy levels balanced?

Mental energy

Our mind is our most powerful tool, and mind over matter has never been more important than it is in the current climate. There will be many things that concern you, but many of which you will not have any control over. Focusing on controlling the controllables will help to eliminate unnecessary mental energy worrying about the things you cannot influence and are outside your control.

Emotional energy

How we are feeling can also play a big part in ensuring you are thriving, not just surviving. Are you aware of your emotions, and know what constitutes a good day vs. a bad day? Are you surrounding yourself with positive people who you can connect with, be honest, open and share concerns with? Do you need additional support? Keeping our energy and productivity levels high during a period of significant change can be a challenge, but by recognising your emotions, getting comfortable with feeling vulnerable and focusing on reframing your mindset, you can make the biggest difference in how you view a situation.

Physical energy

How much sleep are you getting on average per night? Research suggests that we should be aiming for between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, to help repair the body and boost our immune system. If you are not sleeping well, why not? Are you going to bed early enough, are you finding it hard to switch off? It is not just the amount of sleep you get that is important, it’s also the quality of sleep, and achieving both will help you to debrief your mind and drift off into a peaceful sleep. Remember, being physically fit, well and healthy can be the key to thriving, and your response to challenge will be much greater.

Spiritual energy

Finally, after considering our mind, body and emotions, ask yourself are you feeling connected with yourself, your team and others around you? During these uncertain times, getting clear on your values and purpose is key. Although easy to do, your work does not and should not give you all your purpose. Ask yourself, what is your purpose in all your different roles in life? 

So, as we embark on the next few weeks, get comfortable with expecting and accepting the downs as well as the ups, so you can begin to reframe your mindset and set yourself up to not just survive, but thrive!

Missed our Sunday Surgery 'Life Hacks: Thriving During Lockdown' with Carolyne Crowe? Watch back here

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