How to prepare for the year ahead

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2021 was a year when we were all reminded of the importance of well-being and resilience. Times of adversity and challenge can teach us a lot about ourselves and what we need to succeed and be happy.

We wanted to share some lessons with you that we hope can help you make 2022 a rewarding and enriching year.

Human connection is the key to our flexible working future
No matter if we’re back in the office, working from home, or doing a combination of both, maintaining human connections is essential — in organisations, in teams, and in our own lives. Close relationships are the single biggest factor that will help us to achieve happiness. It’s great that technology allows us to virtually connect, but it can never replace human connection.

We need to stop saying “I’m sorry” all the time!
Apologising is part of human nature because we all want to be accepted and to belong. There’s nothing wrong with saying sorry — but only when it’s appropriate. Over-apologising weakens the sentiment especially when it’s justified. It also makes us seem lacking in confidence. There’s no doubt there will be plenty of times when we really do need to say sorry in 2022 – just save it for when it’s necessary!

Self-care is nothing without self-acceptance
Self-acceptance is essential to self-care – you can’t have one without the other. It doesn’t matter how committed we are to our other physical and mental health practices. We need to accept and love ourselves first.

Wellbeing became a bit of a buzz word in 2021. Be careful not to let wellbeing become just another item on our ‘to-do lists’.

The whole point of focusing on enhancing our wellbeing is to reduce our stress, not add to it! As we begin 2022, try to define wellbeing in a way that works for you.


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