Repatriating is always hard. Sometimes as stressful as going through a divorce or grieving a death. But when you’re in the midst of a global pandemic, the emotional and physical toll takes to a new level.
Are you living your life on autopilot? You may be doing OK and coping, but not asking yourself whether you can feel better than OK. Few of us question what might be holding us back from living optimally every day.
Vulnerability is what builds hardiness, because each time you’re vulnerable you are being courageous and brave,” says Justine Campbell, a counsellor and the director of the Hong Kong based Mindquest Group. But what does it mean to be vulnerable?
Justine Campbell is something of a veteran expat, having lived all over Asia. Now ensconced in a new home in Chung Hom Kok on Hong Kong’s Southside, she talks everything from Japanese cuisine and the hidden messages in art, to a special dog called Mintie.
I recently took part in Dr Brené Brown’s “The Daring Way” ™ training. Based on her books, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, my plan was to come away with new insights on her ground-breaking work on vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness.
Counsellors traditionally treat problems such as anxiety or depression as they arise. But instead of focusing on the condition, a positive psychology movement led by pioneers such as Dr Marting Seligman believe helping people change their habits of negative thinking can improve how they feel too.
Build in quality time with the children before a trip. Try pushing flights to a Sunday night or take a red-eye flight, to fit in more family time, and spend 30 minutes eating a meal or playing a game together - each will gain one "credit".