On 28th February 2020, the very first case of Covid was reported in Aotearoa. Since then we have been navigating our way through this new environment, and while we have enjoyed a lot of freedoms, we have also bounced in and out of lockdowns along the way.
A key buzzword out of 2020 was Burnout, a result for many of bringing work into our homes which completely blurred the line of work-life integration. Fast forward to today, we are told a dominant emotion of 2021 is Languishing, that feeling of being a little aimless, joyless or stagnant. The daily response of Blah or Meh!
Adam Grant recently dubbed languish as the neglected middle child of mental health, the void between flourishing and depression where you are just not functioning at full capacity. I think it’s important to recognise that while you may not be depressed or burnt out, it doesn’t mean you are not struggling. So how can you bounce back and flourish once again?
Well, this is where a super power called Resilience comes in!
We know there’s no way to avoid challenge throughout our lives and that adversity does not discriminate. Dealing with tough times is part of being human. However, Covid has kickstarted a world where we experience change, challenge, and setback more frequently and more quickly than ever before.
I used to understand resilience with quite a conventional way of thinking. It was all about your ‘grit’, a somewhat militant and internal focus. However, I now understand resilience is an ability to learn and grow from setbacks. Our resilience needs are personal, shaped by our personality, history, personal and professional lives. Essentially resilience is a stew. Lucy Hone refers to it as the capacity to steer through any form of adverse event and learn from it.
To be resilient in our current environment we have to continue to find ways to flex like never before, to respond, recover and thrive. But the good news is, resilience is something we all possess, and even better, we can train to increase our capacity for it. Here are some of my top tips for upping your resilience:
In short, there is much we can do to build up our resilience and in doing so face the uncertainty and challenges as they come our way. Remember, we just need to find ways to practise micro-resets, connect with others and find our flow each day. It is the small actions, every day, that make a big difference. However little, they all add up.