These past few weeks, we’ve all experienced deep sadness, anxiety and distress as we’ve watched alarming unrest and a disquieting pandemic upend the world. These are trying times, and it can be difficult to keep our spirits up and find joy and optimism in the midst of so much sorrow and loss. Yet we must.
Why? Hopelessness and pessimism can be detrimental to our well-being. Yet, painful feelings are not dangerous. Burying them can be. Learning how to be consciously aware of your emotions helps you neutralize the painful feelings within and lets you transform, even heal what you can feel. See my practice “Allowing Feelings” to help create a more positive outlook even in difficult circumstances.
Several now iconic studies by groundbreaking researchers, covered here in The Atlantic, show that having a positive outlook makes people more resilient—both physically and mentally. The benefits of these qualities are clearly connected—and very real.
Of course, we can’t control the events of this year, which will change us forever. But we can control our response by making conscious choices to strengthen our system and bring resilience to our body-mind. Embracing a whole-system approach allows us to create healing on all levels of who we are. Making personal well-being a priority is the first step. That’s why I developed “Audit Your Wellness,” a personal wellness quiz to help you assess your current mental, emotional and physical state of well-being (see more below). It will help you power your life into wellness with key strategies you can use for personal transformation and growth.
During my career as a yoga therapist and wellness consultant, I’ve come to believe taking a positive direction towards your own personal well-being really works; even if you don’t think you’re an optimist, you can nudge yourself in the right direction and make small changes to guide how you think and feel. It will make a difference. It will help you become healthier and more resilient. Read on to see all the ways to do this and live a deep and meaningful life—even in the midst of uncertainty.