2019 holds endless possibilities for those who stay positive and focused despite growing economic and social pressures.
The current economic situation has left many feeling worried, stressed and under financial strain. A sudden change in government, high unemployment levels and the ongoing water crisis are some of the issues ordinary South Africans are trying to manage.
According to Human Resources specialist Lizanne de Jong there has been a sharp decrease in workplace productivity over the last two years as people try to cope with the realities of life.
One of the leading concerns for employees is the affect broader economic pressures will have on their companies and ultimately their job security.
In addition, increased reports of crime, abuse and corruption has created an atmosphere of fear and distrust in the workplace.
Feelings of hopelessness and depression have now become a common global affliction. "If we look at the use of anti-depressants worldwide, it has increased tenfold in the last five years," says de Jong.
If people don't know how to de-stress they begin to exhibit negative behaviours at work such as chronic "blaming and complaining" which triggers the cycle of stress.
So how do we break free from these negative and binding cycles?
Lizanne lists 4 practical ways to maintain a positive attitude in the midst of global distress.
How to stay positive
Be grateful: Even if you don't have everything you want or need there is always something to be grateful for. Do you have a job, your health, a family? Start by being grateful for the simple things in your life.
Create work-life balance: Perhaps you are giving all your time and energy to your family. Or maybe you need to cut down on your working hours. A balanced lifestyle will help you feel happier and more fulfilled. A balanced lifestyle includes family time, exercise, healthy eating, productive work and time for personal reflection.
Upskill yourself : Make yourself more marketable by learning new skills. Learning a new skill will give you more confidence and satisfaction in life as well as open new employment opportunities.
Write down your goals: We all have dreams and desires. The first step to making your dreams a reality is to write them down on paper. Make sure your goals are measurable and realistic. Thinking about the things you want to achieve will stir up excitement and positive anticipation for the year ahead.
By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing