It is common during challenging times to feel that our confidence fluctuates depending on the situations and the level of energy available to deal with them. When there is a lot of uncertainty, we are likely to have many questions and wonder about our ability to deal with challenges. Confidence builds by developing our knowledge and skills. As we learn
New Year is a time to reflect on what gives us purpose and meaning. We evaluate the previous year, reviewing what was challenging, what we did not do, and what we achieved. We focus on what changes we want to make, to continue to pursue what is important for us to lead a meaningful life (Pigliucci, 2017).
Stress is a natural part of human life. When our brain detects danger, it triggers the body's stress response. It is an automatic survival mechanism we inherited from our ancestors. While we are less likely than our ancestors to be in danger of our lives, we still experience different kinds of challenging situations. When our demands exceed
At this time in January, it is not unusual to hear people say it has been difficult to persevere with the goals they set at the start of the year. Not that the goals are no longer of value, but that we may experience some resistance to change and have difficulty setting boundaries to protect the
Self-esteem refers to our evaluation of our self-worth. It is considered a generally stable trait, although it can fluctuate depending on our experiences, our expectations, and our level of self-awareness (Orth & Robins, 2014). When we notice a gap between how we would like to be and what we believe we are now and judge ourselves
It is almost a year since the start of the pandemic when we started to live in lockdown. Many have been working tirelessly to keep things functioning to benefit others in the community. Some may be feeling the effects of the relentless pace of work, and the emotional demands of dealing with people’s distress have eroded
Although this is not the start to the year we hoped for, we can make the most of our time and look for opportunities to move forwards with our goals. 2020 was a very challenging year for people worldwide. We all had to adjust our expectations to a new reality. We can start the year with
Being resilient does not mean that we do not feel frustrated, disappointed, or upset. It means that even when things are not working out in the way that we were hoping for we have the capacity to tolerate this, and take time to reflect on this to find ways to understand the situation. It is a
Uncertainty is part of life, and at times there are events that happen that are out of our control. How we live can change very quickly and in very unpredictable ways. As we are living through the coronavirus pandemic we are more aware that ever that things can change abruptly. As everyone around the world is dealing
In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, everyone around the world is adapting to working in different ways and making changes to their day-to-day activities. As we cannot go to our usual places of study or work, our normal cues (office, library) have gone so we do not have them to remind us of our routines.