Resilience is the ability to face and move forward when experiencing inevitable life and work challenges. The goal is to be able to shift thinking so that a process of integrated and sustained personal development occurs.
We truly believe that a good working environment is essential both for employees and companies. Nevertheless, times and events can sometimes contribute to stress and anxiety.
I wish to share my 5 tips to develop resilience at work in order to face those challenging times.
For good reason, more and more people are turning towards mindfulness. It enhances cognitive flexibility, judgment accuracy and insight-related problem solving. Kimberley Aitken, a preventive medicine researcher, has been able to conclude that mindfulness programs are a practical and effective way to decrease employee’s stress and increase resiliency and work engagement.
Treat problems as a learning process
Everybody faces problems regularly. It can be quite a stressful experience. By developing the habit of viewing what happens as an opportunity to build your experience and knowledge. Thus, you take the control back from the problem itself. You are now considering the problem as a learning curve.
Keep realistic perspective
Whatever happens, it can be difficult to process. Everybody has a different way to cope with problesm. We are not here to say that your problem is small compare to the problem of the world. You will always find smaller or bigger problems. The idea is to put into perspective with your own life. Sometimes, taking a step back, we will see that our life is mostly good, and this problem is only part of the whole picture. It should not fill the full frame of your life. A great help is the work of Katie Byron, thework.com, when she says:
To begin, relax and be still. Travel in your mind to a specific situation where you were angry, hurt, sad, or disappointed with someone. Witness the situation. Be there now. Notice, name, and feel the emotion you were experiencing at the time. Find the reason you were upset.
Develop mental agility
Responding instead of reacting to problems can make a world of difference. By taking a step back and being the witness of our emotion, we stop reacting. We need to acknowledge what is happening and the emotion linked to it and then, our brain will be able to process the difficulty and start thinking on how to respond to the challenge. Once again, we are taking back control of the situation.
Take detachment breaks
As discuss in our article about keeping our concentration at work, taking real breaks will help us put in place the 4 previous tips. Breathing, going for a short walk, taking a coffee and chatting with a colleague about something else, will help our brain to refocus and reset. Balancing work activity with brief period of relaxing time can promote greater energy, creativity and focus.
Bouncing back when something difficult happens is crucial. Keeping control of our thoughts by witnessing and acknowledging our emotions will help us see our challenges as they are, new experiences, from which we can learn and grow.
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