Resilience at home

“One of our greatest freedoms is how we react to things.”
Charlie Mackesy

Working from home can have many advantages, reduced commute time being one!

Except it can also be isolating. And sitting in front of a laptop for 6/8 hours can undoubtedly be described as sedentary – and keeping yourself active can be a challenge, especially while maintaining focus and motivation.

So I’ve put together some tips I’ve learned over the years to help with your personal resilience:-

Resilience working from home1. Your environment will provide you with good energy.

You are going to spend many hours at your desk, so give some thought to where you can set up your working desk in your home. Play around with the positioning and see how each possible location or position makes you feel.

Are you distracted with the view? Consider putting your desk in a power position, a commanding position which helps with your energy, creating a strong backing wall behind you and make sure you choose the right chair. Hang up artwork and surround yourself with the right colours. Lighting in a room is essential, so get a good table light and possibly some indoor plants.

“If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 6 sharpening my axe.”
Abraham Lincoln

2. Physical movement.

This is essential. It can be quite sedentary sitting in front of a laptop, with no walk to the office; or the need to go and see colleagues or to head out for lunch.

Try and ensure you get frequent breaks from the computer. Five minutes away for every 50/60 minutes will be beneficial. Get exercise, by going outside for walks – it’s still possible to do this and abide by the new social distancing guidelines. Walk up and down the stairs
or do some housework. Gardening is a great way to exercise after work, instead of the gym. Yoga has been used for 1000s of years and gives you flexibility, strength and mind-body awareness, so some simple online classes or fitness classes may be worth a try.

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.“
Carol Welch

3. News communication.

In my experience news channels and online newspapers feed you the negative news in their notifications. So my advice is to stop these notifications and discipline yourself to check social media and news channels at certain times in the day.

“For most folks, no news is good news and for the press good news is no news.”
Gloria Borger

4. Support.

Create a buddy system of people you will check-in and call or Skype at certain times of the day. Draw up some friends or colleagues who you can stay in contact with and diarise calls, rather than being constantly on Instagram or Facebook feeds. Quality calls with colleagues during the working day and after work with friends/family.

“Be strong and fearless…And believe anything is possible,
when you have the right people there to support you”
Misty Copeland

5. Purpose and hope are vital to keeping you uplifted and motivated in difficult times.

Revisiting your goals and what you are trying to achieve both personally and at work are essential. Having some reminder of these goals, for example, pictures and words up on a wall helps. Undertaking a vision board with others close to you can be an uplifting experience.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there”
Theodore Roosevelt

6.Internal monologue

Gandhi said ‘The only person who can walk through your soul with dirty shoes is yourself’ so be careful what you say to yourself. Have a daily mantra of affirmative words or your values, as they will positively affect you subconsciously.

7. Reflection.

Consider starting a personal reflection diary, writing down what you were grateful for in your day, the outcomes and just offload onto the journal, finishing with your actions for the next day. It’s known as a learning journal with gratitude.

8. Be in the present and be mindful.

We are wired to recognise fear. Stay with the moment – if you experience a positive moment, stay with it for 10 seconds and take it in. Be aware of the experience and everything around you. Get in touch with your breathing to keep you in the present and try meditation apps like ‘Headspace’ and ‘Calm’. Both have free trial periods.

Mole: “I’ve learned how to be in the present”

“How?” asked the boy “I find a quiet spot and shut my eyes and breathe.” “That’s good, and then?”

“Then I focus “ “What do you focus on?”

“Cake,” said the mole.

Charlie Mackesy

9. Clothes

Certain clothes and colours can have a positive effect on you. So dress as you would if you were going into the office and not in your pyjamas and slippers!

“wear clothes that matter”
Solitaire Townsend

Try some, or ideally all, of these ideas. I’ve definitely found them useful as have many of my clients. To finish, I want to use one of my favourite quotes…

“Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.”
Steve Maraboli

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