Talking to our clients and business colleagues, there is definitely a sense of negativity in the air. The latest lockdown news is making you feel down in the dumps, you’re generally fed up with Covid, and your days are starting to resemble groundhog day!
It is a time we have to dig deep and, put on our coat of resilience.
Resilience is important as it enables us to develop mechanisms for protection against experiences that could be overwhelming. It helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult or stressful periods, and can also protect us from the development of some mental health difficulties and issues.
Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, significant sources of stress, trauma, tragedy, and threats. Well, our resilience is certainly being tested right now!
In our view resilience is made up of four key elements; self-awareness, rational thinking, reaching out, and fitness. By strengthening these elements, we, in turn, become more resilient.
Our advice is to follow these four basic tips to maintain your resilience:
- Self-Awareness – notice what is going on around you and inside your head and acknowledge this. Don’t simply ignore it.
- Rational Thinking – always look at both sides of the coin, weigh things up, talk them through with others so you gain other perspectives.
- Reach Out – resilience is also about knowing when to ask for help. Calling upon others to help us meet the challenges that we face will rationalise the problem and help you gain a more positive perspective.
- Fitness – our mental and physical ability to cope with the challenges is crucial. Take your daily exercise, preferably outside in the fresh air. Pop on a positive podcast or music and you will feel so much better.
If you feel your resilience is low, and you are struggling with any of the above and have no one you feel you can reach out to; we have ears, we have heart and we can help you make a top-quality, ‘will last you for years’ coat of resilience.