Posted: by Jo Tuesday, 31 March 2020 @ 05:31
As the current crisis goes on, we are all going to find it harder to do without the things we are used to having in our lives, and to stay confined to our homes or offices, missing out on the joy of human contact and social fun.
We are also going to struggle to contain our fears and worries, as the reality of what we are facing continues to grow.
But it is even more important than ever to muster resilience and summon our inner strength at this time, because there are people who are worse off than ourselves, who need us to be strong.
We know the practical things we must do - like following government and medical advice, helping our neighbours, and limiting our contact – but it is mindset and mood that will have the biggest impact.
We must see this as a challenge to rise to, that brings out the best in humanity, not the worst. An opportunity to exercise our resilience and perseverance, and a chance to prove that we are tougher than we thought we were.
If we can approach the challenges with a growth mindset – by asking ourselves, how can we improve the situation? how can we help? what can we do to contribute to the collective goodness of humanity, not add to the doom? – then we will get through the crisis in much better shape.
Here are my favourite mantras for building resilience:
My anchor holds, despite the storms
Anchors are there to hold a ship steady, no matter what storms rage around it. Strong grappling hooks on the end of the anchor grip deeply to the seabed, holding fast as the wind and waves toss the ship. Know that you are held safely and securely, by the people you love, by a greater power, and by your own inner strength.
Always, I rise
A reminder that, whatever happens in life, you will rise above it and get through it. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s famous poem, ‘Still, I rise’, but changed to make it even more permanent. Always and forever – you can, and will, rise above any difficulty.
I choose hope on this journey
This mantra makes a positive and empowering statement of choice, reminding us that we cannot choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose our reaction and response to what happens. We may not know what the outcome of our journey will be, but we can travel positively, with optimism and belief.
When life pulls you back, aim forwards
Just as an arrow needs to be pulled back before it launches forward, so there are times when life asks you to take a step backwards for a time. Just keep aiming in the direction that you want to go, and you will get there in time. This is a mantra of patience as well as resilience, as it demonstrates that progress isn’t always forwards as we would like to believe.
I am brave. I move forwards with confidence
A powerful and affirmative mantra, to re-label any feelings of anxiety that you may have as bravery instead. Channel your fears and doubts, and use them as a springboard for courage instead. The more you say this affirmation, the more you will believe it, and it will become true.
Find a way
There are no easy answers at the moment. Things we have always taken for granted have changed out of all recognition, and we are all navigating uncertainties and challenges. Take inspiration from this mantra as it asks us to keep trying, until we find a way. The old ways may not work – so what else can we try, until we reach a solution? Perseverance, initiative and determination will win the day.
We are in difficult and anxious times, but this is when we need to step up and be strong and courageous. We need to persevere, remaining as positive as we can, with a resolute intention of keeping going for as long as it takes. I hope we all get through this crisis as quickly and painlessly as possible, but we all know we are in it for the long haul. In the meantime, stay strong, stay safe, and know that you can do this.