With every new beginning, the expected thing is to sit down and craft a game plan. This is often referred to as Resolutions. Now, we are big fans of New Year’s Resolutions (it’s in the name) but we are not too enthusiastic about how quickly the zeal to fulfil these plans quickly dies as the year progresses on. With this in mind, how do we make these plans sustainable? We do this by aiming for wellness.
Aiming for wellness is the easy part, the hard part is acknowledging that it will not always be smooth sailing. Aiming for wellness calls for us to have a plan on how to get through the tough days. Here are a few suggestions on how to get through rough patches;
Talk about it
There’s an old saying that goes ‘a problem shared is a problem half solved’ and it indeed rings true. While talking about your tough day at work with a friend might not solve it directly, it will definitely lift a weight off your chest, allowing you to go in for another shift unburdened and ready to conquer the tasks at hand.
There are only 24 hours in a day and yet sometimes, it can feel like you need 72 just to get through your task list. When/if this feeling strikes, the best thing to do is to reexamine your task list. Reorganize it in an order of priority and break them into biteable bits, this way you are bound to see a lot more progress.
Ask for help
Asking for help is easier said than done, but we know that it does make a world of difference. It can simply be sharing the workload or asking for a time extension, the key thing is to speak up and allow your team members to rescue you.
Seek a fresh perspective
There’s something about fresh air and a little time in the sun; it breathes life into broken spirits and allows you to look at things with a fresh perspective. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, do just that; take a break.
Don’t just go outside, move your body while at it. Busy schedules often mean that there is little to no time to work out, so fit it into your life by taking a walk around your office complex, for instance. If nothing else, this will help ward off the feeling of restlessness that comes with tackling a particularly stubborn problem.
Acknowledge how much progress you are making
After venting, seeking clarity and being kind to your body, it only follows that you will finally be making some progress with the task at hand. Applaud yourself for this. Tick something off your list and count it as a milestone; there is joy to be found in small wins.
Wellness starts in the mind. If you are not at peace, then it does not matter how many hours you put in at the gym or how well you watch your calorific intake. Your body is a whole system and every part needs to be in good condition for you to actualize your plans.