Happy New Year!
There’s no denying that 2020 brought on increased stress and challenged us in ways we never expected. However, a new year tends to bring the mindset of a fresh start and an opportunity to set goals for the year. With eager anticipation, it's important to acknowledge that we will continue to face challenges and uncertainty throughout 2021. Fortunately, there are things we can do to increase our resiliency, which is “the ability to cope with stressors, uncertainty, or tragedy.” Resiliency isn't a trait you are born with, but rather a skill that can be developed over time. Here are some ways you and your family can build resilience:
- Prioritize Relationships: In a time where we feel so along, staying connected with others is crucial. Talk with caring, supportive, and empathetic people.
- Foster Wellness: Stress not only affects our mental health, but our physical health. Take care of your body by eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep, hydrating, and engaging in at least 60 minutes of exercise or movement per day.
- Practice Mindfulness & Relaxation Techniques: There are so many different calming activities—mindful journaling, yoga, deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, etc.
- Find a Purpose: Again, make connections with others. Become involved in your community, volunteer, or simply participate in activities that are meaningful to you.
- Be optimistic: Maintain a hopeful outlook while accepting reality.
- Maintain a routine: Keep a regular sleep schedule, take breaks, and do things you enjoy doing during non-working hours.
- Embrace healthy Thoughts: Avoid all-or-nothing and catastrophizing thinking by focusing on probabilities rather than possibilities.
- Take a Break: Engage in activities that you find enjoyable, listen to music, go for a walk, etc.
- Ask for help: We can’t always do it all by ourselves.
Self-care is another buzzword you probably have been hearing lately. I am curious if any of you would be interested in attending a self-care presentation within the next month. If so, please comment on this post or message me. Again, thank you for all that you are doing to support your children every day.