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G is for Gratitude

Much has been written about Gratitude in recent years. It is good for our health, our mental health, and our sense of self to remind ourselves of what we have around us.

Today’s personal resilience challenge is to take a pen and paper (I know that requires some action on your part) and write down in three minutes as many things as you can think of that you are grateful for right now.

If this task is too easy for you, you might like to try putting 5 things on your phone you are grateful for every day for the next 28 days, one of them about yourself if you really want a challenge.  I guarantee if you do this for 28 days you will feel the shift in your mood.     How many things are on your gratitude list? 

Affirmation: “I feel gratitude for all that makes life good.”

Resilience Alphabet – V is for Vulnerability and Vitality

It’s 10 years since Brene Brown delivered her Ted Talk on Vulnerability and shared her wisdom around the importance of feeling and acknowledging our emotions, and not seeking to numb them. You will easily find this if you search her name and the term vulnerability and it is still worth a listen 10 years later.

There is perhaps no time in your own life when you have felt more vulnerable and your very existence threatened more acutely than you have in the last few weeks. You may be surprised at this introduction to a Blog on personal resilience! However, it is an important part of our mental health and response to what is happening, to have the courage to own our vulnerability and at the same time recognise the importance of the vitality which is life and embracing all that means within the current context.

She concludes her Ted Talk by encouraging us “To let ourselves be seen in all our vulnerability, to love with our whole hearts even though there is no guarantee, to practise gratitude and joy when we have doubts, and to belief that we are enough to get through this together.” (I have summarised)

That brings me to vitality. If you are reading this – you are alive. How are you going to use your vitality today? What are you going to use it for? And when we look back on April 202, will you feel content that you were wise in its use?

Today embrace your vulnerability, for some of us it is a feeling we are uncomfortable with. In essence it is vitality stripped bare and the very thing that enables us to embrace life.

Resilience Alphabet – G is for Gratitude and Generosity

As we continue to focus on Personal Resilience these two words are like twins for me. Gratitude for what we have (and often take for granted) and Generosity with what we have.

Today’s personal resilience challenge is to take a pen and paper (I know that requires some action on your part) and write down in three minutes as many things as you can think of that you are grateful for right now, and you might like to write in the comments how many you managed in your three minutes. It is good for our health, our mental health, and our sense of self to remind ourselves of what is available to us even in challenging times. I sometimes ask clients to keep a Gratitude Diary as a list on their phone. If this task is too easy for you, you might like to try putting 5 things on your phone you are grateful for every day for the next 28 days, one of them about yourself if you really want a challenge. I guarantee if you do this for 28 days you will feel the shift in your mood.

Which brings me to my second word. We are surrounded by acts of generosity right now and I don’t plan to list any of them here. For some, that means they are working on the front line for us. However, for all of us there are so many ways we can be generous with our time, our resources and our selves at this time; and many of them can be done safely from your home. Generosity is good for both the giver and the person who benefits – so get creative with what you can do with your personal gifts right now and boost your own resilience whilst supporting others.

How many things are on your gratitude list? And above all, stay safe.