Resiliency. The ability to bounce back after experiencing mental and/or physical set-backs, disappointments, or hurts.
I’ve noticed it’s becoming a bit of a buzz word recently, and for good reason.
January 1 wasn’t the magical reset many of us yearned for and now symptoms of little energy, sluggish bowels, and even low-grade depression are abundant as we move through this nebulous time.
But guess what?
Winter always turns to spring and lucky for us, this renewing season is about to be upon us.
If you’re ready to shed the stress, the worry, and yes, maybe even the extra pounds from the very long winter of the entire last year, then…
Wipe the slate clean and create resiliency for
your body, mind, and spirit with these 5 steps:
1. Be Honest.
Sure, you may be going through the motions of getting everything done, but are you really living?
It’s time to be honest about what you are currently feeling as well as what you truly need.
Is it more home cooked meals? Is it ordering out more or getting help in the kitchen? Personal time to take care of yourself? Or more quality family time that’s fun and carefree?
Don’t feel guilty or shameful for being honest. It’s vital that you consciously recognize what you need in order to live your best life. Those around you will feel the kind and loving effects.
2. Reflect and Grow Weekly.
Were you too tired to cook dinner on Wednesday so you went out and scrapped what you had bought at the grocery store? Was getting out the door on time with the kids difficult most days last week?
If we were to write out what we experience on a weekly basis, we may find patterns that would surprise us.
To break free of these issues, have your household come together (such as Sunday mornings over breakfast) to reflect on the past week. Share what worked, what didn’t, and what changes you can make for the week ahead. Write out everyone’s suggestions and put on a blank calendar if necessary.
3. Be Mindful of Transitions.
Not only for your kids’ sake, but for yours as well, keep in mind what you need for smooth transitions – waking up, getting out the door, dinner, bedtime, etc.
Think about what you need to serve yourself and not just everyone else.
Maybe it’s more quiet time with everyone reading on their own before bed, or kids setting out their clothes and backpacks the night before school, or even needing to go for a run and clear your mind before preparing dinner.
4. Nourish Yourself However You Can.
If a certain diet is too daunting right now, it’s okay! Start small and do what you can – this is not the time for all or nothing.
Start by noticing what types of food your body may be longing for such as fiber, water, protein, and immune boosting nutrients.
Then nourish your body, but don’t be overwhelmed. Opt for pre-cut and cleaned produce, frozen vegetables, or a bag salad with healthy protein deli options if you just don’t think you can add one more “thing” to worry about.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past year, it’s what is truly important to us. So what does this look like for you?
Is it time to scale back? simplify your life? readjust where your energy is going?
Make a plan for your well-being.
You do have the power within you to be resilient. It’s not easy sometimes, but when we are aware of what we need and are kind to ourselves by honoring that, we can be an example for our kids, family, friends, and community that we can come back…wiser, healthier, and more loving because of it.
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I am here to help build your resiliency – one step at a time.