When all we hear about is the cost-of-living crisis, wars, referendum implications, and natural disasters it can be nearly impossible to maintain an optimistic outlook. We find ourselves focusing on everything that hurts in this world. It’s a terrible situation to be in.
What if we made it a habit to focus on what heals us? A habit of focusing on the things in our lives that give us hope for a brighter future.
To do this, we have to habitually prioritise the simple, yet powerful actions that heal. Doing whatever we can to preserve hope, purpose and optimism will help to restore our confidence in humanity and ensure we can continue to work at our fullest potential.
Here are five ideas for you to try.
Engaging in activities that develop us professionally creates a sense of momentum that can be a useful distraction from the negative impacts of what is going on around us.
Is there a LinkedIn Learning course you can do that will enhance your work skills or an informative podcast you can listen to on your way to work?
Surrounding ourselves with like-minded and supportive people in our professional networks during tough times can make a real difference in how we deal with uncertainty and stress. As Katie M. John said, “A problem shared is a problem halved”.
Have regular, short coffee catchups (IRL or virtually) with people in your workplace or in your wider network who understand the importance of sharing life’s ups and downs.
The habit of focusing on the small wins that you achieve each day can shift your focus from all the things that you can’t control and give you the dopamine hit that you probably need right now.
At the end of each day think about what has gone well. Write it in a notebook, share it with a colleague or declare it to your fur babies (like I do) once you get home.
Taking time out is not going to solve any of the hurtful issues that are occurring in our world, but taking a break will give your brain and body a chance to rest. A chance to revive. A chance to heal.
Go for an early morning walk in nature. Have your lunch break away from your desk. Take some annual leave.
🌼 Professional Help
If none of the above makes any kind of difference to the way you feel, seek out professional help. This does not make you less of a professional. In fact, it makes you brave and courageous for wanting to improve and move forward.
Make an appointment today with a trusted GP. Get recommendations for a psychologist or a psychiatrist from people in your network. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or another relevant support group.
When there is so much that is out of our control in our world we must be proactive about focusing on the habits that help us to heal and remain hopeful for a brighter future. This practice of focusing on what heals rather than on what hurts ensures we can continue to be the leader, colleague, manager, mentor and professional that we have dedicated our careers to.