Well we have another 3 weeks of lock down. How are you getting on?
Personally, I am finding it harder as the days go by. I am usually pretty outgoing and dealing with the ‘groundhog’ nature of the process is my biggest challenge despite all the attempts to keep in touch with family and friends on-line. So, this week my challenge to myself is to re-visit the four domains of resilience to figure out what I can be doing more of. Before I explain more about it, I want to share a definition of resilience that we use at Team NLP. It’s the:
‘’The capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt, in the face of stress, challenge or adversity’’
It seems to me that adapting our lives during this unprecedented time, whatever your situation, is key to retaining your well-being and positive mental health. The four domains of resilience are key to adapting ourselves. Here’s a brief explanation about each domain…
The first domain is the PHYSICAL domain. This includes:
- Good nutrition
I have been enjoying discovering new exercise regimes on-line as well as a daily walk. Today the bikes are also coming out of the garage for the first time in years! However, my goal this week is to get back into early nights as my normal routine has been slipping which then makes it tougher to concentrate the next day.
The second domain is the MENTAL domain. This includes:
- Ability to focus and attention span
- Reading books
- Ability to incorporate multiple views
- Doing puzzles like Sudoku and crosswords
For some there is more mental space during lockdown. Are you making the most of it? Often a sign of stress is not being able to focus on anything for very long. If you feel that happening to you, turn off the news and social media and pick up a good book. Find a quiet space in your home if you can and enjoy some focused time for you. Of course, it doesn’t have to be reading….do something you enjoy. My goal is to read more for pleasure this week and do a bit less on my business which has become all consuming.
The third domain is the SPIRITUAL domain. This includes:
- Spiritual flexibility
- Commitment to values
- Tolerance of other’s values and beliefs
- Connecting to what is important to you
This is all about what makes your heart sing. We are reading much about people being much more mindful of their surroundings and enjoying their daily walk. However, there is also much more intolerance on- line creeping in. My goal this week is to connect more with family members on-line as the daily check-ins have dropped off abit as the weeks drag by!
The final domain is that of the EMOTIONS. This includes:
- Emotional flexibility
- Being aware of how you feel
- Positive outlook
- Coherent breathing
This is all about becoming your own observer and being aware of the triggers that put you in either a positive or negative state. I often think of it as a ‘mood meter’. How am I feeling right now? What is the name of that emotion? What do I need to do to change it if it isn’t serving me? Becoming aware of your triggers means that you can start to self-regulate. An instant tip is to move about! Go for that walk, or, even standing up straight and smiling will help. If you are feeling very energetic try a few jumping jacks! My goal this week is to be honest with myself and keep myself as positive as possible!
Using the domains of resilience, what are your goals for this week?
Lindsey Agness and Team NLP x