My usual work process is to import my images with a pre set called "gentle". This gives me a small boost in whites with a corresponding drop off in blacks, reduced highlights and slightly boosted shadows. This image was imported "as shot" in Olympus RAW and very gently pushed.
Sometimes I think I (we) need to reset. The Japanese have a saying that goes something like "If you are at a dead end, go back and start again with a "learning mind"".