How to stay positive and move forward when life throws you a curveball.
– KEYS SOULCARE
How many harried moments have you spent working to get through unpleasant experiences? When we’re stressed or feeling burdened, it’s easy to lose sight of the future and a struggle to remember the joys of the past.
“Three practices that can help us build resilience over the months to come: coming back to the present, recalling your own strength, and connecting with others with compassion and openness,” writes psychologist Dr. Rick Hanson in his recent post, ‘We Will Get Through This’. Here are a few of Dr. Hanson’s tips as well as one from our own lightworkers, Elyse Fox:
Retooling our thoughts and anxieties to actually experience what we’re going through is an exercise in staying present. Physically checking in on our breath and beating heart means that we can begin to move and think about the moment we’re in, instead of focusing on negative thoughts about the past or future.
Summon Your Strength
While creating clarity by connecting to our present circumstances, it’s also helpful to recall empowered moments when we were strongest and how we tapped into our capability to move through rough spots. “It might have been when you pushed through the hardest day – or year – of your life,” writes Dr. Hanson. “Or kept standing hour after hour at an elderly parent’s bedside. Or just kept enduring a tough childhood, or illness, or job. ‘I’m still here.’ Tune into that sense inside, and feel it again.”
Connect with Others
Lastly, being with our favorite people means so much. Finding presence, strength and connection are intentional acts that have the power to bring us internal peace and clarity in navigating what comes next. “I think that sometimes we just make connections on a surface level, and we don’t dig deeper,” says Keys Soulcare lightworker, Elyse Fox, who shared with us how she fosters authentic and enriching conversations within her own community.
As Fox notes, “I felt like when I started asking those nitty gritty questions, that’s when I felt I had the real story. It was like peeling off layers, and it didn’t take much because I feel we all want to talk about this stuff.”
Each of these tips lets us be in the moment so that we may eventually find the bright side. We’re challenging ourselves, and each of you, to commit to these three points to create a practice defined by resilience and growth.