Today, I wanted to take a step back from the COVID/Pandemic conversation we can’t turn off. It’s important, we need to stay up-to-date, and we need to stay in tune with how it has impacted/ is continuing to impact our daily lives so that we know how to show up in our individual arenas as our authentic selves in spite of everything the pandemic has changed. 

But, I also wanted to shift away from this conversation, not only to give you a break but to acknowledge one way of practicing resiliency. By shifting gears, changing the station we’re tuned in to, and shifting our focus. 

When many of us think about what it means to be resilient, we think of walking into that long, dark night, overcoming hurdle after hurdle, adapting along the way, in search of the light at the end of the tunnel. In this sense, resiliency is made up of grit, determination, motivation, and hard work. 

However, just like most things, resiliency has more than one face. Resiliency can also look like knowing when to take a break, knowing when to set boundaries and enforce them, practicing self-awareness to notice you’re hitting your limit, and taking measures to lessen the load.

Resiliency can also look like asking for help when we need it. In this sense, resiliency is made up of support, self-compassion, and self-love. 

Defined as an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change, resiliency is the result not just of hard work and grit and determination, but also a deep commitment to self that comes from a place of self-love.

We are all trying to make it to some goal in our lives and sometimes, the best thing to do to keep us moving forward is to take a step back from the ‘grind’ and take a break to be compassionate with ourselves. 

If you’ve noticed lately that the rhetoric is starting to get to you like the waiting game is never going to end (like me!) I’d encourage you to take a step back from it all and practice resiliency in a way you may not have thought to yet. 

“Defined as ‘an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change’ (Merriam-Webster), resiliency is the result not just of hard work and grit and determination, but also a deep commitment to self that comes from a place of self-love.

-Coach Lauren

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