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Beating The Holiday Blues In A Pandemic

How to get through the holiday season if you’re alone, anxious or just not feeling it…

There’s expectation as we race towards 2021. 

The year that threw us all into a disarray of varying proportions is nearly over, and what better way to see it off than a week or so of getting into the festive spirit, seeing family and friends and putting 2020 to bed?

But what if you don’t feel like that at all, or actually don’t have that opportunity? This past year has been tough on so many levels, and has left many of us not quite feeling like ourselves; exhausted, apprehensive, concerned about finances and safeguarding our health. The newly coined “friendship fade” has also settled in, with our networks and the appetite for them significantly shrunken.

Licensed psychologist at Thrive Wellbeing Centre, Dr. Vassiliki Simoglou, shares her tips on how to get through the holiday season if you are alone, anxious, or just not feeling it….

Are you simply not in the mood this year? 

Then don’t force yourself to get in the mood. Feel whatever you feel like feeling, and embrace those different feelings – you’ve been through a lot these last 12 months. Be compassionate towards yourself and reassure yourself that it’s OK to not feel what you’re supposed to or expected to feel. 

Are you scared of going out? 

Pick less crowded places, expose yourself gradually and increase your tolerance. Acknowledge and embrace your fear and be honest with yourself – what is it really about? Is it COVID-related anxiety or is it an increasing desire to self-isolate? Figuring out what this avoidance really means can help you make more informed choices.

Is travel not an option for you? 

Transform this inability into an opportunity to travel “inwards” and embark on an inner journey, either of self-discovery or personal development. Expand your knowledge, try different activities or practice new skills. Start the course you always wanted, read the books you never had time to read, create meaningful habits with yourself or your family, or take up a new hobby.

Do you worry about finances? 

Whilst Dubai is an expensive place to live, there are some wonderful things to do that are free. There’s Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, walks in Al Fahidi, various craft and festive markets across the city and then there’s the beach and the parks, always free and always there for contemplation and perspective.

Are you suffering from “friendship fade”? 

The pandemic has affected spontaneity in our social interactions, in terms of their number as well as their frequency. “Zoom fatigue” has surely set in, but if you are feeling that your face-to-face interactions have dropped, then resume the online ones! Yes, friendships flourish with actual interaction, and whilst online platforms don’t feel the same, they do give us the opportunity to be and feel connected.

Have you got no one to spend time with? 

Invest in the most important relationship in your life – the relationship with yourself. Practice self-care, journal in order to structure your thoughts and give them consistency, connect with loved ones who might live abroad, and create opportunities for yourself to meet new people. Most importantly, go ahead and do all those things you hesitate to do because you have no one to enjoy them with. Still, go ahead and do them – you never know who you might meet…

The holiday season is always about new beginnings. This year’s holiday season, in particular, symbolizes the end of an extremely challenging year for humanity and the transition into the new – a New Year that encompasses a new “me”, new resolutions, and new hopes and expectations. Embrace the holiday blues and find ways to make this transition genuinely meaningful for you.

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Empowering Self: Unveiling Three Essential Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Empowerment Through Confidence

Self-doubt is a common struggle that many people face. It can hold us back from reaching our full potential and achieving our goals. But what exactly is self-doubt, and how can we overcome it? We will explore the concept of self-doubt and unveil three essential strategies to help you overcome it and empower yourself.

Understanding Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is the lack of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the inner voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, or capable enough to achieve our goals. It can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, imposter syndrome, or constantly seeking validation from others.

Self-doubt can be triggered by past experiences, societal pressures, or our own inner critic. It can hold us back from taking risks, trying new things, or pursuing our passions. However, it is important to remember that self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience and can be overcome with the right strategies.

The Power of Inner Strength

Inner strength is the ability to trust in oneself and one’s abilities. It is the foundation of self-confidence and resilience. When we have inner strength, we are better equipped to face challenges and overcome self-doubt.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

Our mindset plays a crucial role in how we perceive ourselves and our abilities. A positive mindset involves having a growth mindset, which means believing that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. It also involves reframing negative thoughts into positive ones and focusing on our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Cultivating a positive mindset takes practice, but it can greatly impact how we view ourselves and our potential.

The Importance of Self-Care

Self-care is often overlooked, but it is essential for building inner strength and maintaining a positive mindset. Self-care involves taking care of our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It can include activities such as exercise, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in hobbies. When we prioritise self-care, we are better equipped to handle self-doubt and build our inner strength.

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Strategies to Overcome Self-Doubt

Now that we have a better understanding of self-doubt and its impact, let’s explore three essential strategies to help you overcome self-doubt and empower yourself.

Practice Self-Awareness

Building inner strength takes time and effort, but it is a crucial step in overcoming self-doubt. Here are three strategies to help you cultivate inner strength and empower yourself.

Self-awareness is the ability to recognize and understand our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It is a crucial first step in overcoming self-doubt because it allows us to identify when self-doubt is present and how it affects us. To practice self-awareness, try journaling or mindfulness exercises. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and how they contribute to self-doubt. Once you are aware of your self-doubt triggers, you can work on reframing negative thoughts and building your inner strength.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting realistic goals is important for building confidence and overcoming self-doubt. When we set unrealistic goals, we set ourselves up for failure, which can reinforce self-doubt. Instead, set achievable goals that align with your strengths and values. This will help you build momentum and confidence, which can help you overcome self-doubt in the long run.

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences

The people we surround ourselves with can greatly impact our self-doubt. If you are constantly surrounded by negative influences, it can be challenging to build inner strength and maintain a positive mindset. Instead, surround yourself with positive influences, such as supportive friends and family, mentors, or positive role models. These individuals can provide encouragement and help you stay motivated on your journey to overcoming self-doubt.

Self-doubt is a common feeling that can hold us back from reaching our full potential. However, with the right strategies, we can overcome self-doubt and empower ourselves to achieve our goals. By cultivating inner strength, maintaining a positive mindset, and practising, we can build the confidence and resilience needed to overcome self-doubt. Remember, self-doubt is a normal part of the human experience, and with determination and perseverance, we can overcome it and reach our full potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I expect to see results when applying these strategies to overcome self-doubt?

Results in overcoming self-doubt vary, but with consistent application of strategies, individuals often experience positive shifts in mindset and confidence within a few weeks. Patience and commitment are key to cultivating lasting self-empowerment.

Can these strategies be applied to different aspects of life, such as work or personal relationships?

The self-empowerment strategies provided are versatile and can be seamlessly applied to various life aspects, fostering confidence, resilience, and positive transformations in both professional and personal realms.

Are there additional resources or practices that complement these essential strategies for a more comprehensive self-empowerment journey?

Supplement your self-empowerment journey with additional resources like self-help books, workshops, and mindfulness practices. Incorporating holistic approaches enhances the effectiveness of the essential strategies, providing a well-rounded path to sustained self-empowerment.

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