Resilience Tips to Get You Beyond 2020
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Resilience Tips to Get You Beyond 2020

Suzi O'Shea

Suzi O'Shea

26/03/2021 • 4 minute read

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2020 is definitely one for the records. History books will remember the deadly coronavirus pandemic, catastrophic weather events, economic collapse, and political turbulence for the far-reaching effects they had on our way of life.

Completing your studies, entering the workforce, or starting higher education, can be a tough transition under normal circumstances. That transition has only been compounded by all of the above. The fact is, we don’t realise just how resilient we are until we are faced with adversity. If you’re reading this right now, you’ve already made it! You survived one of the toughest years on record. The old adage, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, is not quite as cliche anymore.

Here at Oiyo, we know you got this. But, in case you’re still harbouring doubts, we sat down with Fiona Luca, host of the Talking Youth podcast, to extract some of her wisdom. Beyond Talking Youth, Fiona is an accomplished dance educator, choreographer, yoga & mindfulness coach, and business coach. Here are some of her top tips on strength, mindfulness, resilience, and smashing life’s obstacles.

Q&A with Fiona Luca

Q: As many students are embarking on the next phase of their tertiary or vocational education, what’s the best piece of advice you can give to help them prepare?

Don’t rush into making a decision. The ‘ideal’ of knowing what you ‘want to be when you grow up’ in Year 12 is old and often unrelatable for so many young people.

Hey, I’m pushing 40 and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up...my professional journey has been colourful and varied, and I plan on keeping it that way.

Approach your new chapter of learning with curiosity and openness. The path will chop and change, if you remain open to exploring this transient pathway, you may discover something about yourself, or a vocation you are good at, that you never even considered.

Q: How about those students that have completed their studies and are going to enter the workforce? With so much volatility and uncertainty, what can people do to build their confidence?

Building confidence requires knowledge, knowledge of oneself. The more you learn about yourself; the way you operate, the things you like, the things you are good at, your weaknesses and your triggers, you will realise that you can navigate any uncertainty, any volatile situation, any pandemic with a sense of trust and knowing you will be OK.

I am not saying it will all be rainbows and unicorns, but you will have the confidence and awareness to view it from many angles and broaden your perspective.

So spend more time learning about you!

Q: This time of year can be quite stressful, particularly for young people. What tips do you have to manage stress?

When I am feeling overwhelmed by a situation or life in general, I try to look at my life from a place of objectivity. Almost as if I am outside of my life looking in as a spectator.

I have developed this skill through my commitment to meditation, yoga and finding some quiet time to just sit and be with my thoughts and feelings.

When you sit with your thoughts and feelings, from a neutral place, you realise that these thoughts and feelings are often not as large as we make them out to be.We realise that we are often just feeding a story that is on repeat over and over in our mind, to the point where it gets so big it is all-consuming and causes overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety.

My biggest piece of advice, again, would be to try and look at it from another perspective. And if that is too challenging, I would recommend you indulge in the things that make you feel good and that you enjoy. If you are a social being and spending time with your friends fills your cup, do more of that. If you are over being social and want some quiet solitude, refuse the party invitation and have an early night with a good movie or book.

During the festive (silly) season, we get so caught up in ‘what is expected of us’. It really is just another month of the year, take some pressure off yourself and spend more time filling your cup, rather than everybody else’s.

Q: How can people build their resilience?

Wow, big question.

Again, get to know yourself. Understand that you have control over one, single thing in this whole entire world – yourself.

You are the sky, everything else is the weather.

We have no control over other people, their words or actions, the weather, the economic state of our country – nothing. Life will continue to throw us curve balls and obstacles that often seem impossible to navigate.

However, if you keep your feet grounded, have a strong understanding of yourself, believe in yourself and stay true to who you want to be (your values, your priorities, your endeavours) then instantaneously you will find, that you build your resilience, as you are no longer completely affected by everything else around you.

Q: What is the greatest advice you got when you were young?

Find your voice and use it.

I spent a lot of my teenage life not expressing myself openly and honestly in fear of being judged or not fitting in. I held back my opinions or ideas, believing they wouldn’t be accepted nor appreciated, or that they were valid.

As a very young adult I was encouraged to find my voice, and when I did, the world opened up to me!

My confidence increased, my belief in myself developed and I was able to show the world what I was truly capable of.

Be unapologetically you…all of you!

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Suzi O'Shea

Written by Suzi O'Shea

Suzi O'Shea is a contributing writer for Oiyo. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Communications with honours from Southern Cross University. Suzi has worked in media for over 15 years and has been published in several online publications as well as print magazines. She has worked as a freelance writer, speaker, and change management facilitator.

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