Here’s our 3 top tips that will help boost your resilience at work (and in your personal life). This blog is for anyone who might be finding the current prevailing changes challenging, especially those who are involved in leading and supporting others.
Resilience is the capacity to cope in times of adversity and stress. I firmly believe it’s made, not born. This is great news for anyone who’s struggling because, like the muscles of the weak kid who beefs up in the gym, or the profile of the unknown artist who creates a strong media presence, it can be developed over time. Thinking about your life experiences, the chances are that you’ve already had to be pretty resilient.
It’s a work in progress:
Resilience isn’t a state of in or out, it’s built up in degrees (Here’s a great article from Mind on developing resilience). The events of the past few months have provided a crash course in resilience for many. Think about how far you’ve come. As an example, maybe at the start of the C-19 situation you, like us, thought it would all be over in a couple of weeks (there’s optimism for you) and that you could probably just about cope with being in lockdown for that period though no longer. And then you did it for months. Out of sheer necessity, your resilience kicked in. As thoughts turn from living in the now to tentatively planning for the future, there are continued challenges to face, it’s time to ramp up the resilience levels once more.
A crash course in three parts:
- Support your learning:
- Think differently to avoid making the same mistakes over and over – constantly ask yourself “What did I learn from this?” – make positives out of your negatives by learning from every setback.
- Practice your solving skills by focusing on the possibilities. Think through the options and implications and decide on a course of action. You might need to find a friend, family member or other trusted person to help you.
- Learn to take responsibility by switching from “Make it go away” (because it won’t) to “What am I going to do about this?”.
- Support your mind:
- Constantly remind yourself that ‘everything shall pass’ and use this to start to master your emotions, you can’t control the events that happen around you. The only person who can choose your responses is you.
- Focus on the future and the things you can do rather than dwelling on/being angry about/stressing over things that have already happened and you can do nothing to change.
- Think about your strengths and your personal purpose and learn to believe in yourself. Remember that if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right.
- Support your body:
- Look after yourself, eat well, get enough sleep, care for your body through exercise or whatever makes you feel good.
- Spend time (even if it’s remotely) with people whose company you enjoy. Supporting others is also good for your own wellbeing.
- Reward yourself for all of your little triumphs.
All of this will help you to feel more in control and able to cope with whatever life throws at you next. Come on, you’ve got this…
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
– Charles R. Swindoll
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