The New Year is now well established, those resolutions have kicked in (or not), spring is bursting forth and with it comes the urge to regenerate. But before we get the broom out, let’s review and reflect upon what 2016 has brought us so far. Note the low points and relish the high ones but, as an exercise in resilience, we should also celebrate the experiences and mark our gratitude for their addition to our store of learning: gratitude is a key attribute of resilient people. Who would you like to thank for the past couple of months? There must be someone. Why not go and do it – like a spring clean? Send a quick text, email or a message on FB.
We can now turn our attention to the long days and months ahead, planning and reviewing our purpose and values so as to ensure that our goals and ambitions are aligned for the rest of the year. Having a plan is another key attribute of resilient people. If you’ve not examined your values before or want a recap complete a psychology test, 123test is just one of the many free tools available for you to try.
So, look back and review, look forward and plan – but never at the expense of the present. Resilient people are also mindful: they are aware of – and keen to enjoy – the present, the here-and-now. And if mindfulness is new to you, a good place to start is to check out Headspace (other sites are available).
And so, over the coming months, be grateful and have a plan, but don’t forget to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. Happy spring time!
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The Author: Rachel is a business & educational psychologist. After working for many years both in and advising SMEs her current work relates to issues of communication, personal development, team building and motivation. Over the past seven years Rachel has extended her work into the educational field.