Psychologists define resilience to be the ability to adapt well to adversity. Resilience can be described as “bouncing back” after these painful experiences. However, it can also include profound personal growth.
Although life may not be mapped out, everyone will encounter twists and turns. These include everyday challenges, life-altering accidents, serious illnesses, or the death of a loved. Every change brings with it a unique set of emotions, thoughts, and uncertainty. People are resilient and can adapt to stressful situations and life-changing circumstances.
These adverse events are like rough river water. However, they don’t have to dictate the outcome of your entire life. You have many things you can do to control, modify and grow in your life. This is the power of resilience. Being resilient helps you not only get through tough situations but also allows you to grow and improve your life.
Build your resilience
You might consider asking for the help of experienced rafters to plan your route, or perhaps relying on the company of trusted friends. You might consider bringing an extra life jacket, or a stronger raft. One thing is certain: With the right tools and support, you will be able to overcome the river’s challenges. You will be a stronger and more courageous rafter.
Keep your perspective.
Your outlook on life and your ability to overcome obstacles can impact how you feel. You can identify areas where you are irrational, such as the tendency to see problems in a negative light or to assume that everything is going to be fine, and then adopt a more realistic and balanced thinking style. If you feel overwhelmed by a problem, remember that it is not a sign of what your future holds and that you aren’t powerless. Although you may not be in a position to completely change the outcome of a stressful situation, you can modify how you respond and interpret it.
Acceptance of change
Accept that change is part of living. Some goals and ideals might not be possible due to adverse life circumstances. Accepting that certain circumstances cannot be changed can help to focus on the things you can change.
Keep a positive outlook.
When life isn’t going your way, it can be difficult to remain positive. Positive outlook can help you believe that positive things will happen. Instead of worrying about what you fear, visualise what you want. You will notice subtle changes in your feelings that help you feel better when you are dealing with difficult situations.
Learn from your mistakes
You may be able to find ways to respond effectively in new situations by looking back at what or who helped you during distress. You might find strength in past situations. Ask yourself what lessons you have learned.
1. Assess your current situation
Take a step back to understand where you are in the world. Are you where you want to go? What’s on your “To-Do” list? Do you do it for yourself? Asking yourself these questions will help you to understand your priorities and needs. This will help you put things in perspective. This will allow you to see areas where you may be wasting energy or placing yourself under unnecessary stress.
2. Set SMART goals
It is important to set realistic and achievable goals for yourself. It helps you stay focused and gives you a sense if purpose. Second, breaking big tasks down into smaller goals makes them easier to manage. And last, but not least, it gives your team something to celebrate. You will feel less overwhelmed when you tackle tasks one at a time.
3. Recognise your failures
Many of us fear making mistakes and being rejected. Resilient people view failure and rejection as steps towards their goals. These are not obstacles to your progress, but something you should acknowledge and use to learn.
4. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is a powerful tool for building resilience. You can free your mind to solve problems and find inspiration, which will help you cope with pressure better.
Allow yourself to take time to prepare for your daily tasks (such as calls or meetings) and to reflect on them afterward. When working on complex projects, you should set small breaks or diversify your work so that you can do different things throughout the day.
5. Take care of yourself
It is easy to forget your needs when things are going downhill. Pressure can lead to a variety of reactions, including a loss of appetite, insufficient sleep and ignoring your exercise routine. This can not only be detrimental to your physical health but also to your mental well-being. You can protect your health and resilience, as well as your mental health, by taking care of yourself.
6. Embrace change
Resilience is built on flexibility. You will be more prepared to handle any unexpected problems that arise by learning to love change. This can often mean being more curious and open to new experiences, as well as getting out of your comfort zone at work. You may be open to new possibilities that you didn’t know existed.
7. Discover new things
You must be open to learning new things in order to adapt to changes. This can be as simple as listening to a podcast or watching a talk. Although it may seem time-consuming, by focusing on learning and being open to new ways of thinking, you can transform your work.
8. Do not take your job too seriously
It is important to have a sense of responsibility. However, you must also know when to let go. Over-focusing on your job can lead to burnout and overwork, particularly when things are not going as planned. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the difficulties. There are people you can turn to for support and guidance if they need it.
People who are resilient don’t just survive and thrive in stressful situations, but they also have the ability to grow and improve their productivity. Employers who want to create a talent pool will benefit from encouraging their employees to be resilient by providing support and training during stressful times.
This past year has been a test of our resilience to stress and our ability to endure hardships. The pandemic has made it more difficult to live a healthy, happy life, both at work and at home. It has had a major impact on our financial, emotional, and physical health.
Partly, resilience can be described as a psychological trait that is semi-permanent and partially variable. This means that although some people are more resilient than others, the environment can have an impact on one’s ability to be resilient. It is possible to focus on the state aspect and take practical steps to increase resilience.