As a 'thank you' for the support I've had from readers since I started this blog, I have published my definitive guide to to staying well. (I can't be sure that it really is definitive, but then nothing really is). Maybe it's more of a thoughtful guide, at least I hope, thought-provoking. I'd add an emoticon but there isn't one for tongue-in-cheek (is there?).
There are many pathways to physical relaxation and inner peace, even in a crisis.
Positive social connections are a significant factor in the lives of people who demonstrate high levels of resilience. But even weak ties are important too.
When I’ve been talking about grit I’m using it as a metaphor. Even in the toughest and most reliable mechanism can grind to a halt if dust particles and grit are left to bulld up.
Developing your resilience at work will result in you having a greater sense of control and becoming less likely to feel thwarted or overwhelmed by demand, change or other events.
Meeting bad behaviour with tolerance and understanding is one thing, making excuses so we don't have to deal with it another. In some cases we are wiser and kinder to excuse someone who treats us badly, but sometimes it is just and excuse to protect ourselves.
Friday is a time to reflect on how your efforts are benefiting others. You probably don't seek a reward or expect thanks, but you can acknowledge your own good intentions and positive efforts throughout the week. Well done!
Sleep deprivation is said to start when we get 10% less sleep than we need. We now sleep 20% less than we did before Thomas Edison had his light-bulb moment. A lot of people complain of poor sleep and losing sleep is bad enough, but feeling bad about it just makes things worse. The stress and worry about how loss of sleep will affect us the following day is enough to keep anyone awake at night!
There's a place in all of us we'd rather not go to (though some people deny that it exists). It can be a struggle trying to get rid of unwanted habits or other aspects of your life you'd prefer to change. Putting mental energy into ignoring or avoiding them is hard work, and it doesn't... work, that is.
We tend to pay more attention to casual or business relationships than we do to those we depend on. Healthy relationships are vital to our wellbeing and so they need looking after. How do you maintain a relationship? Little and often.