Have you ever known anyone who seems to sail through rough times? Whether they experience job loss, financial setbacks, or health issues, they seem to bounce back easily. What is it that sets these people apart? Resilience is the ability of people to cope with stress and crisis, and then rebound quickly. Highly resilient people have stress-resistant personalities. They don’t fall apart during the crisis; they can cope well with adversity and learn valuable lessons from their tough experience.
Today, more than ever, resilience is needed in the workplace. Employees are experiencing an on-going change in the workplace. They’re asked to take on new responsibilities, learn new skills, and do more with less. Not only that but they are also dealing with uncertainty and the on-going threat of redundancies and job losses. Highly resilient workers can cope well with high levels of on-going, disruptive change. They can change to a new way of working when the old way is no longer possible. And they sustain good health and positive energy when under pressure.
So how can you develop resilience- that ability to bounce back when faced with challenging situations? Below, we share three tips that will help you build resilience and develop coping skills that will see you through life’s ups and downs.
1. Practice positivity: Limit negative and self-defeating thoughts. Thoughts like, “It’s terrible, and I can’t do anything about it,” or “I’m trapped in a bad situation,” wear down your resilience. Instead, ask yourself, “What would make things better? Focus on the positive, and you will naturally strengthen your resolve.
2. Be a problem solver: Resilient people have an ability to negotiate and renegotiate life. That means being able to anticipate problems and find solutions. When faced with a problem, don’t shy away and develop an ostrich-head-in-the-sand stance. Resilient people acknowledge the problem, identify the issue, seek help and act.
3. Don’t forget the most important person- YOU: Take care of yourself. You can’t be resilient, no matter how hard you work at it, if you don’t take care of yourself. If you’re physically exhausted or over-extended emotionally, it’s twice as hard to get through difficult times. Make sure you eat properly, get some exercise, schedule a regular health check, and decompress from time to time. Social media is great but its effect on mental health, in the form of anxiety, is well documented, so it is important to decompress by switching off from technology from time to time.
We will be examining the subject of resilience in more depth at our upcoming complimentary webinar ‘Bounce Back: Building Resilience in the Workplace’. This is scheduled for Tuesday 25th October at 7.30pm GMT. Spaces are limited, so click here to book your place.
Finally, we leave you with this quote from a very wise man. “We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do, and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.” – Samuel Smiles, Self-Help (1849)