Get through anything with our Word of the Year 2021
When thinking about choosing a healthy Word of the Year to steer us through 2021, we really wanted a word that encompassed more than just physical health.
Health is multi-faceted and about so much more than just eating right and exercising.
One thing that 2020 taught us was the importance of mental health and how to withstand extremely challenging life circumstances.
We asked ourselves: “What quality do you need to develop to face setbacks with grace, stay motivated to workout when you don’t really feel like it and continue to make healthy choices most of the time?”
The word we landed on and our Word of the Year for 2021 is resilience.
What is resilience?
According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, resilience is “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”
The global impact of the pandemic has certainly challenged most people’s ability to deal with stress, uncertainty and change, which is why being able to build your resilience is so important.
Characteristics of resilient people
You may be wondering if resilient people are very different from the average person and whether it’s a quality you wish to develop in yourself.
Spoiler alert: of course it’s important and you absolutely should work on building your resilience!
– Face setbacks calmly
– Are able to make sound decisions
– Can take decisive action, even when under stress
– Get back up when they’re knocked down
– Believe that bad times will pass
– Look for the lesson in all things
– Are resourceful and have a problem-solving attitude
– Never play the victim
Wouldn’t you agree that having these qualities would make you feel stronger and more capable to face anything that life throws at you?
The good news is that resilience is like a muscle; the more you work it, the stronger it becomes.
How to build your resilience
Here are some ways that you can build your resilience so that you can withstand setbacks and cope with change with a more empowered mindset.
1. Decide to be resilient
Resilience is a mindset. It requires that you decide to take responsibility for your choices and make the best of every situation. Look in the mirror and tell yourself: “I am a resilient person. I can get through anything.”
Self-belief is key to achieving anything in life, so believe that you are the type of person who can cope with challenging situations.
2. Set goals
It’s pointless to just sit back and let life happen to you. When the pandemic broke out, many countries went into lockdown. Some people adapted to this by arranging to work from home and managed to do home workouts to keep fit.
Other people spent their time thinking about what they had “lost” and obsessing over not getting sick.
Same situation, totally different mindsets.
Which of the two groups do you think was healthiest, mentally and physically?
That’s right – the ones who set goals to keep life as “normal” as possible and still work on being productive and healthy.
So, to build your resilience you need to set goals that excite and challenge you, because things will get tough and that’s exactly when you need to flex your resilience muscles and stay focused on what you’re trying to achieve.
3. Lean on others
It’s tough to go it alone, which is why a support system can really help you build your resilience and remind you that you have people in your corner.
While social distancing and working from home has been the norm for months now, it doesn’t mean you should lose touch with your friends, colleagues and family.
There are some amazing video conferencing options that allow you to video call anyone so long as they have wifi.
Send the occasional text message and stay in contact with people. We are social animals so lean on others and they will help you get through difficult times.
Remember, you are not alone.
4. Take consistent action
Action is one of our favourite words because nothing in life is achieved without it. Building your resilience involves a lot of mindset work, but it also requires that you choose actions that support your goals and uplift you.
Doing hard things is one of the best ways to build your confidence, whether it’s opting for a salad instead of takeaways or going for a walk around the block. Staying healthy can be challenging (if it were easy, we’d all be rocking 6-pack abs, wouldn’t we?) so staying fit is a great way to build your resilience.
Just when you want to quit, ask yourself to do one more rep or run just ten metres more. You will surprise yourself with just how strong you are when you dig deep into your resilient mindset and decide to take action.
We mentioned that you should take consistent action because doing something once won’t get you the results you desire.
Maybe you’re trying to be more patient with your kids. This means building your patience over time and sticking with it consistently.
Resilience is the glue that ties your goal and actions together when things get tough.
5. Learn from it
Another great way to build your resilience is to learn from failures and setbacks. Despite our best intentions, sometimes we mess up! Or things just don’t go our way.
Maybe our boss criticises a project we feel we’ve worked incredibly hard on, or perhaps life happens and your world changes overnight.
We’re not trying to make light of the fact that sometimes really tragic things happen in life, but a lot of the time we miss the opportunity to learn and grow from painful experiences.
Think about your last breakup. Chances are you can think of a few reasons why you are better off without that person, right?
Some people find that when they look back on the worst times of their lives, they realise that some good did come out of it.
Keep in mind that…
“When one door closes, another one opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
If there’s one quality that will see you through tough times it’s resilience.
Deciding to be a resilient person sets a great example to your children and makes you a more dependable person in the workplace. It sets you up for success when it comes to your healthy eating and exercise goals.
In addition, coping with challenges with grace will improve your self-confidence and is good for your mental wellbeing.
We hope that this blog inspires you to build your resilience.
And even if you’ve chosen your own Word of the Year for 2021, feel free to borrow “resilience” any time you need!