Self-care, resilience and indulgence

It can seem like a real indulgence these days to talk about self-care. There’s far too much happening in global situations that are impacting us in various ways. And for many thousands of people, there are daily struggles that are being fought and battled. What place, then, does talk of self-care have amongst all this?

You’re all smart people. The below is nothing revelatory.

It’s a hard question in truth. But when you start to break down what we’re all up against, you start to see that a new way, or indeed an evolved way, of being is much needed.

We’re all much busier these days. Gone are the days of January being a lazy start for the beginning of the year. These days, from the 2nd January, it’s all systems go.

There is too much to do, too many places to see, too many things to experience. Bucket lists are a regular thing these days because of the ease of access we have to everything.

The exponential growth in the development of technology over the last 100 years has seen us develop skills, thinking and businesses in ways we couldn’t have conceived.

Modern medicine means we are all living longer. The life expectancy for developing countries has improved because of modern medicine, so this isn’t a ‘first world’ fact, it’s a global fact.

Education and access to education has improved dramatically. This doesn’t necessarily mean we’re all getting smarter, but it does mean we’re all developing those higher thinking capabilities on a much more even keel now.

Modern science means we are developing theories and carrying out experiments that push the very limits of current human knowledge.

Our cognitive thinking abilities are seriously advanced. We are able to debate and progress thinking to such levels that we’d need an interpreter into clear English (or language of choice) for the most serious of debates.

Our physical bodies are capable of being developed into such physical conditions that the elite of the bunch can perform physical tasks that leave us in awe.

Modern communication methods mean people are in such ease of contact that it’s almost a human right.

It’s a big old world, and we’ve got all that either going for us, or going against us.

So, taking the time to genuinely care for yourself, is a necessity these days.

It’s hard to do. It’s hard to build in time for yourself where you carry out activities that are generative, positive and progressive.

When we don’t, though, we know that our resilience is weakened. Finding the energy and motivation to push forward when things are placed in your way isn’t easy.

We don’t tend to provide this focus for the people we work with. It tends to be a ‘get on with it’ attitude. Which is fine for some, but it can’t continue that way. We’re under too much pressure, all of us, to just hope people will be ok.

Building that resilience, building that tenacity, building that emotional intelligence, building that empathy, are all important things to do. When we skip over those, for the interests of the business, or for self-interests, is when we reduce our ability to be better.

There shouldn’t be anything I’ve written above that you all won’t know about. Hopefully it reinforces some things you already knew.

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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

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