All throughout the day, take small breaks to breathe and recalibrate. Most importantly, be mindful of what you consume daily (food, T.V, podcast, books, news...) and who you surround yourself with. It is essential to create an environment where you can thrive easily.
Go out and take fresh air as much as possible.
Set clear boundaries with work and family - you need to protect yourself from being on overdrive at all time.
One tip from a stoic approach called “negative visualization” (can seem gruesome but it works): if you are frustrated with your life at the moment, start imagining having lost everything (your job, hime, health...). Give yourself a few seconds for it to sink in. What would it look like? Be as visual as you can be. Now open your eyes. There’s a good chance that you will realise how lucky you are and how wonderful it is to have a home and be healthy. You will, at least for a moment, stop taking your life for granted.
Tsitaliya: When someone comes to you asking for help and advice - it is clear you can’t just tell them here is opportunity for you, go for it! Instead you lead them through and direct them until they recognise what is available for them in their situation, so they can choose! What opportunities have you recognised for women in this pandemic, if we can generalise this? (an opportunity to start taking control of their lives for example, choosing a job they love or cutting out certain people from their network...etc.)
Ariane Tavakol: I’m a firm believer that when a door closes, another one, even bigger, is waiting to be opened, if one chooses to see it of course.
Many companies have lost invaluable assets because they couldn’t afford to keep them anymore. What is the opportunity here? There are jobs one couldn’t have applied for in the past because they were taken and now they are available. There are people companies couldn’t dream of hiring in the past who now are in desperate need for a job.
This is also a perfect time to learn something new and to improve existing skills.
But before looking for new opportunities, one has to work on their mindset and limiting beliefs which have kept them small and scared until now. Unless one works on changing their story, history will keep repeating itself. So my advice is to start at ground zero and move your way up. It can be daunting and all so exciting.
Tsitaliya: What’s your advice to all these people who are sitting at home at the moment without a job, without a partner and friends to hold their hand. How do you start pulling yourself out of this?
Ariane Tavakol: First: Join online networks to expand your horizon - Facebook groups, Zoom meetings and events. Listen to inspirational podcast and videos. Go for walks and remind yourself of all the things you can be grateful for.
Create your own tribe by reaching out to people from these groups or from your personal network. Give 100% of you hoping for 50% back.