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Clodagh is our Happiness Expert, Certified Health & Wellness Coach and the Co-Founder of CRAOI

Right now, we are all going through some crazy times – times we can never have prepared for. Hello ‘Hybrid Working’! One day we are in the office, the next we are at home – it’s really hard to keep up and we are all doing the best that we can to do our part while also remaining healthy and strong in the face of adversity…phew it’s a full-time gig!

No doubt there’s times we feel overwhelmed, fragile and vulnerable. It’s important to remember however that no matter how we feel, we are all stronger than we think.

You are stronger than you know. Your inner strength is your superpower!

We might not always feel strong or powerful, but within us all is a hidden warrior, we just need to greet it and embrace this strength, now more than ever. All it takes is looking within and really tapping into our internal thoughts and instincts to find it and use it. On the bright side, less time interacting with people on a daily basis allows for more time to interact with ourselves. 

To help unleash this inner power – we’ve put together 7 secret weapons we can use to feel stronger:

  1.  Trust Your Gut Instinct

Your gut instinct, or intuition is a secret weapon that you have and should use. There’s no need to think or ask others for their opinion – you just know, and this power is unique to you. Only you will know what is right or wrong in that moment for you.

There is a reason the gut is also known as your ‘second brain’. It doesn’t have the ability to control or create thoughts however it does send messages to our brains – with profound results. So pay attention to your gut feelings at work – if something gives you those good butterflies then make sure to do more of it, if something makes you feel anxious look at why that is and how you can turn it around.

Remember not to overthink or allow other opinions sway your initial gut instincts – a great way to ensure that you are creating that space to truly hear what your gut is telling you is covered in the next point; meditation and mindfulness.

  1. Meditation

Meditation allows us that space and time to go inside. It provides clarity and encourages our minds to quiet and release all thoughts.

With clarity comes space for our intuition and gut instinct to kick in. We are all guilty of over thinking and with so much news and updates coming at us from all angles our brains are no doubt in over drive.

All it takes is a few minutes daily where you can tap into your inner world and become more present and aware.

Meditation is scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, help control and manage anxiety and promote emotional health. However, it can be hard to meditate especially if you are new to it. Not to fear; there is lots of content on that you can access as a Craoi Member, that will support you on your mindfulness journey. Our content provides meditations that can be used throughout your working day so you can use some downtime and spare minutes to truly benefit you and set you up for success.

  1. Belief

We have all had moments in our lives when we have had to be strong. Maybe it was standing up to a school yard bully, demanding a promotion for the hard work that you were doing, getting rid of a toxic partner from your life. Or something not so obvious that required just as much strength; like travelling on your own, learning how to drive your first car, or picking yourself up and starting a new chapter or career.

Choose a time in your mind of when you were strong and powerful. Remember this, sit with the memory and really visualise and revisit the moment. Remember what it felt like to be that strong – can you remember how proud you felt of yourself? Hold on to the feeling and bring it back to the surface.

That inner strength was all you – that came from within and it is something that you can continue to tap into whenever you need to. There is beauty in strength – and strength often comes from our vulnerabilities. 

Getting to know your strengths can really set you up for success in the workplace – studies show that employees who use four or more of their signature strengths at work have more positive work experiences and report that their work is their calling in life!

4) Affirmations

Positive affirmations are phrases, sentences or mantras that you repeat to yourself so that your subconscious mind starts to believe in what you are saying.

Why not get creative and have some fun with it; you can leave affirmations on your bathroom mirror so that you say them every time you brush your teeth, or get an Affirmation blackboard to leave next to your favourite spot in your house – so when you sit here to relax you are reminded to repeat your affirmation.

We all have an inner critic within us – or a gremlin in some cases – that likes to plant seeds of doubts and tell us we are not good enough. This can be especially active when we are stepping outside of our comfort zone and trying new things or projects. It’s easy to doubt our abilities at work, and fear that others are judging us. However, the only thing really holding us back is ourselves – our egos. Next time you hear your inner voice telling you that you can’t do something why not combat this with a positive response or affirmation, reminding you that you can.

5) Gratitude 

Research shows that be introducing gratitude into your life you can benefit in a number of ways. One key benefit is higher levels of positive emotions and lower levels of stress.

Being grateful on a regular basis can take some time and energy. However, there are some easy and effective ways you can introduce gratitude into your life. A great place to start is to grab a journal and start writing down 3 things that you are grateful for tied to your working life daily. Just 3 small things. You will be blown away by the impact this will have on your mind frame and your happiness. For example; I am grateful for my team and all that I learn from them, I am grateful for the opportunity to. be creative and try new things in a safe and encouraging environment, I am grateful for friendships I have made and being able to connect with these people regularly in work and outside of it’.

6) Laughter

They say laughter is the best medicine. Did you know that they also say laughter reduces stress and can relieve pain?

Life can be very serious at times, as we know, however how we handle life’s curveballs is up to us.
Of course, there will be times where laughter is not appropriate or helpful, there is a place and time for all emotions. However, if you can turn that frown upside down and have a good belly laugh you are also benefitting yourself in many other ways. Laughter can help build immunity and increase overall health. It can reduce anxiety and boost your mood. It can also increase your motivation and reduce levels of stress hormones to keep you feeling calmer and more relaxed.

When we feel happier, more relaxed and stress free we are also in a better position to feel more confident and stronger overall.

The workplace has space for laughter and it should be encouraged more – after all, how can you say that you enjoy your job if you never actually smile or laugh throughout your day. Being productive is not just about concentration or focus, it’s also boosted after a break with friends, a 30 minute walk away from your screen listening to a funny podcast, a few jokes with team members at the start of any meeting. Try it and see – and you just might notice how contagious it is – you won’t just be boosting your mood, but you’ll be boosting others around you.

7) Exercise

Okay so technically not a power that comes from within, however it has been proven that when you feel stronger physically you also feel stronger mentally.

Studies have found that exercise can not only boost your mood but can have huge psychological affects and even help those suffering from depression. It can increase your brain health, memory, help with relaxation and sleep, reduce your risk of chronic diseases, boost your mood and also increase your overall happiness.

This is why we often feel so at ease and clear after exercising – in turn allowing us to tackle any problems head on, and ensure the glass is half full rather than half empty. One of the best routines that I ever established was running on my lunch break. At first I attempted this alone because I was scared that no-one would want to be seen running around the streets of London with a tomato faced human, but I quickly realised how much more fun it was to run with my office friends – and it actually made me much more accountable. On days I was feeling low in energy or too busy to go my friends would motivate me to get up and go and vice versa. Before long we had formed a ‘running club’ and we were out five days a week most weeks. We started running to the pub on a Friday for some food and drinks and realised that we weren’t just doing it for physical benefits. It had become so much more – we had found solidarity and we also knew that when we returned to our desks we always had a much more productive afternoon. It doesn’t have to be running of course, you can try this with anything – a walking club, badminton, hiking at weekends, a table tennis tournament, morning yoga or even just stretch and movement challenges throughout the day. Whatever movement you choose, we guarantee you won’t regret it.