If you’re ready to leave 2020 behind, you aren’t alone. The new year gives us the opportunity to pause, reflect and hopefully bring a renewed sense of calm and clarity to the days ahead. Keeping calm may seem like a tall order with all that we experienced in 2020, so here are four tools you can use to move calmly forward.
- Harmony Over Balance
Life is not about achieving balance but rather harmony, which can be described as a pleasing arrangement of parts. When we think of harmony, we don’t think of anything stationary, permanent, or rigid, but rather something fluid. People can like the idea of building resilience, through harmony which suggests an adaptable response to changing demands. When looking to improve well-being and a sense of calm, try for harmony over balance.
- The Feels
Emotional wellbeing is not the practice of denying emotions. “Emotional agility is a process that enables us to navigate life’s twists and turns with self-acceptance, clear-sightedness, and an open mind. The process isn’t about ignoring difficult emotions and thoughts. It’s about holding those emotions and thoughts loosely, facing them courageously and compassionately, and then moving past them to ignite change in your life.” These words of wisdom from Susan David, PhD, can assist us in overcoming adversity to grow and achieve calmness.
- The Connection Approach
Close relationships are vital to health, happiness, and even workplace productivity. Connection is an important part of wellbeing. Experiencing positive trusting relationships and feeling a sense of belonging, acceptance and support are vital. Take time in the new year to reach out to those who bring you laughter, joy, and love.
- Mental Mindfulness
In general, to care for something you must pay attention to it. Mindfulness is a practice of mental awareness It includes naming emotions as you feel them and taking the time to notice your thoughts. In long periods of high stress, we can begin to suffer from mental illness. It is important to consider seeking help. Don’t be too cool for a counselor.