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What is your ‘P’ to getting mentally fit?

As Southern States enter the toughest conditions of the Pandemic so far, how do we find a silver lining to this situation?

A business leader recently shared with me, that his team are feeling involuntarily fatigued. He described their situation as if they were frogs trapped in a pot of heating water, unaware they were poaching.

Fortunately we were able to get to the O-cean twice in the last fortnight and we were fortunate to see the Southern migration of the Humpback Whales on Sunday.

Once again this fortnight I’ve tried to mix up some indoor/outdoor activity options.

Indoor options: Cook P-aella, P-asta or P-izza, P-ickle fruit, make P-ottery, P-lay P-oker, or P-lant some P-ots. Outdoor options: Jump in the P-ool, sit on the P-orch, P-utt P-utt, or get risque and P-oledance.

Considering many of us continue to home school, here’s some cool kids’ activities starting with P.

This fortnight’s article focus?

Back in January this year, I proposed the concept that the Pandemic presented a unique opportunity. I questioned, whether our communities, as a collective, could possibly view the Pandemic’s disruption as an opportunity to pro-actively work on building their mental health and resilience?

So, as you can imagine, when Emily passed me an article this week where the leading positive psychologists in Australia explored this very idea, I was very excited. Do read below to explore this thought further with us.

Post-traumatic growth – fertile ground for positive change

You may be familiar with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), however are you familiar with Post-traumatic Growth (PTG)? 

Affording ourselves optimistic licence, is it too much to consider our ongoing situation extremely fertile ground for collective growth?

Well, the world’s top Psychologists on this topic certainly think so.

The reality for many people is things remain exhaustingly unknown. Circumstances like lockdowns can invariably produce psychological distress for people exposed to these events.

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful”. Zig Ziglar.

The general understanding that suffering and distress can be possible sources of positive change is thousands of years old. For example, some of the early ideas and writings of the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, and early Christians, as well as some of the teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam contain elements of the potentially transformative power of suffering.

What is healthy for us to consider?

Whilst the concept of post-traumatic growth is a positive way to frame our current situation, it’s not always easy to see how. Please reach out to us if you need support during these times and here’s some parting thoughts to help you all to cope.

  • What psychological skills do you possess that can help you cope right now?
  • Constantly seek out opportunities to enhance your psychological knowledge and skills. Contact us to identify your most effective course of action.
  • What are your beliefs and assumptions about the current situation? This shapes your understanding and response to this situation, so be mindful and self-compassionate.
  • Your reaction to a new reality, in the aftermath of a traumatic event, determines the extent to which post-traumatic growth occurs.
  • You need to mindfully appreciate your new reality, even though you may not like it. Positively consider what it offers in your broader life context.

Dr Martin Seligman (Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Centre) found that with the right support and a positive process, for approaching and responding to trauma, individuals can readily enjoy PTG.

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