More than ever, it is important that we take some time out for ourselves and check in with how we are feeling. We wanted to continue to support our Monsoon community, so we got back in touch with Jude Daunt a Transformational Mindset Coach, who specialises in helping clients to eliminate anxiety and mental blocks, for some tips to help you through this testing time for us all.
You can read her tips below or watch her video, which you can also catch on our social media channels.
“Whether you’re home-schooling, home-schooling and working, maybe you’re living alone and feeling very isolated from friends and family. Whatever your situation it continues to be a testing time.
Recently on my social media feed, I’m seeing the word resilience pushed around a lot. Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, and tragedy. Resilience is sometimes wrongly defined as the ability to carry on and keeping going ignoring how you feel. I see resilience as being mindful, checking in with how you are feeling so that you can adapt when met with a tough situation.”
Jude’s top tips on building your mental resilience in the current climate:
Concentrate on your strengths
Start looking at what you are achieving rather than what you’re not.
Don’t ignore what’s not working
There may be a time of the day or week that is tougher than others. If you’re home-schooling and working I appreciate there’s no magic wand here but maybe there are things that can make it easier. Like having meals prepped so you don’t have to fit that in.
For those on your own you may have found a routine that works when you’re working but your days off have become a source of anxiety, so what can you do on your day off to ensure you are coping?
Reduce your anxiety by taking action
You can’t change your mind with your mind, but you can change it with positive action. For some that may just be getting dressed in the morning, for others, it could be sending out your C.V.
Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword but if we break it down it is the process of being mindful and to be mindful, we understand our thoughts and when they are helping or hindering us. Make a physical note of when you have a bad day and why that was vs when you have a good day. That good day routine could be a blueprint for what works for you, so are you able to repeat that.
Make sure you are keeping in touch with friends and family, it’s easy to retreat and go in on yourself especially when what was unusual back in March 2020 is now just the norm. We may have to get creative to do this and plan better but having those connections is so important right now.
What do you need?
Knowing what you need to keep you above your coping level is really important, whether it’s a daily walk outside, planning your food so you don’t graze or taking positive action rather than doing nothing.
Finally, resilience is not pretending everything is ok it’s acknowledging it’s not and you’re working around it.