I recently published an article in Forbes titled “How to Cultivate Mental Toughness In Uncertain Times”. I hadn’t put up a blog about it until now because I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking about this concept and how it applies all through our lives.
The primary reason I focused on this topic to begin with was that I was hearing from so many friends about how precarious they feel their balancing act is during these weeks of social distancing. People are facing brand-new professional, financial, relationship and parenting challenges—all at once, on a large scale—and it’s taking a toll.
No doubt about it, quarantine has turned many of our lives upside down. I think, however, that we have to be very careful and not forget that in the midst of all this, people are also experiencing hardships that have absolutely nothing to do with this virus, or quarantine. They’re dealing with past traumas, new illnesses, and losses of all kinds.
So I think I’d be remiss if I didn’t touch on the idea that while this quarantine provides a springboard for beginning the practices I mention in the Forbes article, the mindset that goes along with them is one we need to practice every day, regardless of circumstance.
We have to do that because life is full of difficulties and some very unpleasant surprises—and some of them change us forever. Despite that, the world keeps spinning, life goes on, and we have figure out how to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Please jump over to that article, and have a read…and remember, we do these things for ourselves to become stronger and more resilient. And we do them for others, so that we’re strong enough to help someone else shoulder a load when it becomes too heavy to bear.
Take care of yourselves and each other in these uncertain times, friends.