Resilience: It's not all doom and gloom!

It’s happened. The moment we all feared, anticipated and fret over. Another lockdown is officially upon us. On that fateful day on the 4th January (coincidentally the official start of the new year work week for many), the government officially announced the nationwide closure of schools, gyms and workplaces across the country.

And while it’s easy during the first week of lockdown to get bogged down in worry over the potential year ahead, it’s crucial that we all pause for a minute, take a step back and gain some perspective. This is not the first time we’ve been in a lockdown. And in much the same way as we managed to overcome the obstacles of 2020 when the talk of lockdowns first reared their ugly heads we can do so again.

The business sector understandably most likely has its reservations towards the lockdown, and I’m sure there were a plethora of organisations that immediately assumed panic stations and shut up shop until normality is resumed (what’s left of it that is)

But I’d like to counter that by saying that if anything this is the prime time to do exactly the opposite; January, regardless of the circumstances is a prime opportunity to set up the foundation that the rest of your year can be built upon. And that can be done through community, perseverance, and a key-word that I’d like to propose we all strive towards throughout 2021…Resilience.

It’s a word that’s often thrown around with little exploration into why its such an apt and applicable term. But in response to Collins Dictionary unveiling their word of choice for the year is lockdown, Huffington Post released a statement that said:

“There is a single word that sums up 2020 and does encapsulate, in a deeper sense, the shared experience of billions of people this year…That word is resilience. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity”

Throughout 2021, resilience is the psychological mindset that can propel us forward and enable us the capacity to still grow and develop both professionally and personally and overcome the hardships that this year may throw our way.

The Importance that resilience poses can be only further cemented when we consider the statistics surrounding the first lockdown in March which stated that:

“There was a marked increase in anxiety at the beginning of lockdown. Between 20 and 30 March 2020 almost half (49.6%) of people reported high anxiety and average anxiety scores were 5.2 out of 10, a marked increase from 3.0 in the last quarter of 2019.”

When looking at these figures it becomes increasingly clear that it’s imperative, particularly over the next week or so when the reality of lockdown slowly sets in across the business sector, that we remain resilient and fully seize the wealth of opportunity that despite what lockdown would suggest, is still ripe for the taking.

Last year all we had was bad news regarding COVID, but this year with vaccinations now within reaching distance and being deployed as we speak; there is finally have a light at the end of the tunnel…

And with the gift of hindsight, perspective and resilience on our side… this Lockdown should be a breeze.