By Sid Madge, Founder of Meee
Who would have anticipated that Covid-19 would turn our lives upside down in the way it has?
I’m a great believer in ‘micro-moments’, the ability to change our lives at any moment and to use these tiny, manageable interventions to gain positive momentum – even when things are challenging. Here are five steps to help you reset and make the best of the year ahead:
C = Creating something better
During Covid, many of us have come to appreciate what’s really important, encouraging us to consider what life is going to be like after. It’s an invitation to create something new or better, with our family, at work and elsewhere.
Take a minute to consider your current situation. Imagine the pandemic is a distant memory – what is your ideal life like now? Focus on the little things, the insights about what makes you happy – go after more of that.
O = Optimism
Are you a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full person? Most of us believe we are one or the other. However, science has proven that we operate across a range, mainly influenced by environment and mindset. The key is how we draw meaning from events and situations we face. The uber-pessimists tend to believe that when things go wrong, it’s their fault and will ‘infect’ all areas of their life.
If things are challenging in one part of your life, don’t allow that upset to seep into other areas. Be grateful for all the things that are still going well. By shifting to the optimistic end of our range, we’ll see more opportunity and feel better.
V = Values
Our actions and behaviours are usually a living expression of our values.
When I started the Meee Programme, I created a set of 56 values cards. We ask participants to pick five values that resonate with them.
Take a minute to visit the Meee website and take part in the values exercise. This will help to identify your values. Use your values to keep focused on what’s really important.
I = Involving yourself
Humans are social beings. This is a huge part of why Covid has been such a nightmare. But we can still get involved and stay connected. Can you go shopping for someone who needs a little extra help? No WhatsApp or Instagram? Pick up the phone! We might not be able to do all the things we used to do yet, but there are many ways we can talk and stay connected.
D = Dialling down the stress
It’s easier said than done but try focusing on self-care, offering kindness and hope to yourself and other people. Eat properly and get out into nature if possible. Do some exercise or an activity, such as yoga, to help reduce stress. Most importantly, always remember, this too shall pass.
About the Author
Sid Madge is the founder of Meee (My Education Employment Enterprise) which draws on the best creativity and thinking from the worlds of branding, psychology, neuroscience, education, and sociology, to help people achieve extraordinary lives.
To date, Meee has transformed the lives of over 20,000 people, from leaders of PLCs and SMEs to parents, teachers, students, carers, the unemployed, and prison inmates.
Sid Madge is also the author of the ‘Meee in Minute’ series of books which each offer 60 ways to change your life, work, or family life in 60 seconds.