As we navigate COVID-19 and what our new 'normal' will be, there are a few things that come top of mind. Part one of this two blog post series is about our 'new normal'. Our primary focus is: self-kindness and self-awareness are the roots of managing stressors with positivity.
How we act in response to where we are at with self-kindness and self-awareness can determine our results and outcomes with both professional and personal relationships.
We Are Out of Our Element: Self-Kindness is Key
For some of us, work has stopped completely, or maybe slowed to a 'work what you can' from home schedule, to working in a totally changed environment that can be downright scary to some.
Sidebar, thank you to all front line professionals: we see you, we love you, we are grateful for what you are doing for everyone.
In some situations, it is not top of mind that living in this industrial world has conditioned us to have, generally speaking 'high' expectations of outcomes and productivity regardless of our environment.
Self-kindness is key more so now than ever before. Self-kindness can take many forms but what I’m talking about is self-kindness first to ourselves. How can we give to our teams, our spouses or our children if we are spinning ourselves?
Now, we must let go of any predetermined notion of what we anticipated accomplishing in the next month, three months, six months and maybe even a year. I am not saying give up on our goals but immediate results and response is the adjustment needed. It’s tough and we are all living it, but just think about how much space and energy we free up for ourselves if we let go of previous expectations of outcomes and all that self-pressure.