“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” Malcolm X
Well it could be argued that my timing is not perfect, starting a business which is all about growth, during a world pandemic! And there are plenty of others with far greater challenges than mine.
I’ve pulled together a few thoughts on practices which have helped me in tough times both now and in the past. I’m a long way from an expert, these are just tips which I’ve picked up on the journey. I hope in some small way that they can be of use to others.
#1 – Nature
I’m always amazed at the restorative power of nature, whether it’s the uplifting feel of the cold morning air or the beauty of a clear mountain stream. For me, getting outside and connected with our natural world is a great tonic.
#2 – Screen Time
I’ve got one of those apps which tells you how long you spend on your phone – scary how a phone can eat your time and your peace. And as we all know, putting it away well before sleep makes said sleep a lot better!
#3 News Intake
In a world of 24 hour news it’s easy to be overwhelmed. I have found that watching what I need to know and listening to inspiring podcasts and getting outdoors, is a much more positive mix.
#4 – Mindfulness
I came across mindfulness a few years ago and much to my surprise it was great. To slow down, focus on the moment and be still is always a positive thing. I use the Headspace app and find it good – if you want 14 days free, let me know and I can share a referral link.
#5 Do a Physical Job
I think I mow the lawn for wellbeing as well as short grass – same goes for washing the car – try it – it’s good!
#6 Positive People
Spending time with positive people helps (virtually at the moment!). Of course we all need time and space alone but others can certainly uplift the soul. As a Start Up business I’ve also experienced some great encouragement & support and from the local business network – thank you to you all.
#7 Faith & Spirituality
A rather personal one here, for me, having a belief in something which is bigger and greater than me matters – especially at the tough times.
Thank you so much for reading this far and I hope it’s been useful in some small way during the current challenging times! And of course – if you want to talk marketing & innovation – (or about getting out in the outdoors) do get in touch
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