Tough Times Don't Last, But Tough People Do.
Posted by Adam Jelic on
Just as another rate rise hits the economy (is it 10 now? We’ve lost count!), us Aussies are finding ourselves in increasingly tough situations. We’re teetering on the brink of collective exhaustion, caught in a relentless cycle of work, worry, and stress.
It doesn’t help that modern life means we’re constantly connected, and this always-on hustle hustle mentality is slowly poisoning our wellbeing.
The drive to work dominates our waking thoughts, leaving many of us perilously close to total burnout. With 13% of Aussie employees working 'very long hours', the country’s work-life balance lags behind even that of the US. Unpaid overtime adds an average of 4.3 extra work hours per week, amounting to a collective $93 billion a year, or $8000 per worker. This haunting fear of financial insecurity is so tangible that one in four Australians struggle to get by on their current income. The escalating cost of living has necessitated longer working hours, but at the expense of health and wellbeing. Our immune systems suffer under the weight of our anxiety, impacting our ability to be present with loved ones and enjoy life.
It’s tough times right now, but there’s a lot we can do to ride it out and emerge more resilient on the other side.
At times like this when many of us are struggling to survive, focusing on small, manageable steps can help us find a way through. Rather than setting insanely ambitious goals or attempting a total life overhaul, aim for incremental progress. Simple practices like maintaining a wellness journal, chatting with a friend, or dedicating five minutes to breathing exercises can have a profound impact. Breaking down overwhelming tasks into smaller goals, like a short walk, and spending more time in your 'happy place' can significantly improve our quality of life. Our Wellness Journal is designed to help you focus on the basics of your health and wellbeing; something that’s crucial if and when you’re struggling.
Practicing gratitude is also proven to help maintain a sense of positive and grounding. It shifts our focus from what we don’t have (‘I don’t have enough money’) to what we do have (‘I have a shelter over my head’). This small mental reframe can help provide some mental relief from what’s happening around us. Our Gratitude Journal is designed to help you do just that.
Remember, this too shall pass.
There will always be tough times in life but it’s important to remember that nothing is permanent and everything will ultimately pass by. Remind yourself that tough times don’t last, but tough people - like you - always do.
If you need tools to help you reframe your mindset, check out our Journal range and make 2024 your best year yet!