by The Sibyls
The PANDEMIC has battered, bruised, and derailed all of us. The pain and challenges are not evenly spread yet the core resilience of survivors has some common elements.
This blog too was interrupted by the Pandemic. But it is time to return to the vitality of The Sibylesque ethos.
Midlife can involve many stresses including career demands, difficult teenage children, divorce, lack of time, lack of fitness, parents’ failing health and money worries with no simple solutions in sight. But one of the BIGGEST issues of midlife is accepting that you are not always in control. Unexpected things can happen to you despite the best plans. Like, say, A PANDEMIC!
An article by Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times (How to Build Resilience in Midlife) gives some pointers that could equally apply at any age and any time.
Life, or so it seems, was simple once. Now it is so complex.
Here are some of the ways to build resilience:
- Practise Optimism
- Rewrite Your Story
- Don’t Personalise It
- Remember Your Comebacks
- Support Others
- Take Stress Breaks
- Go Out of Your Comfort Zone
We, the Sibyls, would add:
- Seek joy
Joy will not just arrive on your doorstep. You have to seek it. Find out what makes you happy and what makes you laugh. Then do this every day or, at least, when you can.