Resilience isn't a trait that some people are born with and others not. The key here is that resilience is not a passive quality or feature, but an active process.
Our attitude towards life and everything it can hurl at us has a significant impact on our whole experience. The ability to cope well with pressure, adversity and uncertainty relies on developing behaviours, thoughts, and actions. Anyone can learn these habits and create strategies to help increase their resilience – here’s how:
1. Time management is essential
Having organised employees benefits all workplaces since they can efficiently manage their tasks and collaborate with others. Resilience can help people develop a future-oriented perspective that helps them to plan realistically, which boosts productivity.
Employees spend over 32% of their time on social media daily for personal reasons. Ironically for technology that's designed to bring people closer together, spending too much time engaging with social media can make you feel lonelier and more isolated.
Benefits of limiting social media usage:
Time management can avoid unwanted stress, strained workplace relationships and work and life imbalance. Be proactive and develop habits that will increase your resilience and hardiness.
“Either run the day or the day will run you”
- Jim Rohn
2. Improved communication
Avoid turning a crisis into a drama. Life is full of stress and change and the way we understand and respond to situations has a significant impact on how stressful they are for us. Emotional resilience requires good communication, since it develops positive feelings rather than negative ones. Knowing how to communicate effectively and sensitively might help you prevent problems from arising in the first place.
Those who are resilient are more likely to be self-assured and confident. They are more willing to speak up and contribute, and they can communicate more clearly and constructively. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively helps people seek support, mobilise resources, and act.
Ways to improve your communication skills:
“Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity”
- Nat Turner
3. Willingness to provide and seek support
A growth mindset encourages receptivity to both offering and receiving feedback. Because no one is a one-man band, resilient employees see the importance of reaching out to others. This can assist them in overcoming obstacles and receiving crucial support during personal troubles that could otherwise have an impact at work.
Relationships require time to form and cannot be rushed. It's worth the work since the result is feeling better understood, supported, and inspired by others.
Positive effect of both giving and receiving support in the workplace:
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
- Winston Churchill
4. Practice becoming mindful of your thoughts
Negative thoughts do not disrupt resilient people's efforts. Instead, they practice positive thinking most of the time. Whenever something goes wrong, pay attention to how you talk to yourself - if you find yourself making assertions that are permanent, ubiquitous, or personalised, try and modify your thinking.
Ways to practice self-awareness:
“Being self-aware is not the absence of mistakes, but the ability to learn and correct them”.
5. Celebrate your successes
At the end of each day, take some time to reflect on what went well and congratulate yourself. This helps to teach the mind to focus on success, rather than negativity and failure.
Attributing even small successes to things you've done and choosing to see them as evidence of your ability or potential is what the world's successful people do. Several studies have found that this approach to life brings significant benefits. It also has a cumulative effect that contributes to psychological well-being, happiness, and increased resilience.
People who take the time to reflect on — and celebrate — their accomplishments are often more cheerful, healthier, and less stressed. Celebrations boost people's happiness, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
3 easy ways to own your accomplishments:
1. Make a list of your accomplishments and post it somewhere you can see it every day.
2. Reflect on the path you took.
3. something you enjoy but rarely have time to do.
“End goals aren’t the only ones that matter. You deserve to celebrate all the small victories along the way. Progress, and every step you take, no matter how small, makes a difference. You’re doing your best you can”.