Sometimes we face stressful times in our professional life - we have a lot to do, changes in the company, big projects start, or crises arise. Or maybe we have a stressful job every day. How we deal with them makes us feel better or worse personally. The attitude and mental state with which we face these challenges are essential. Many call it resilience. How do you develop this skill?

What is resilience?

Resilience is what helps you cope with adversity, stress, and disappointment. It is the ability to respond in a balanced way to pressure and the demands of daily life. When you lack resilience, you are easily overwhelmed and manifest behaviors that prevent you from resolving the situation. These include reliving a headache, feeling victimized, or using unhealthy coping behaviors like drinking or overeating.

Developing resilience is not to shut down your usual feelings of pain, anger, or disappointment but to allow you to continue functioning normally and get out of the situation with self-confidence intact. People who are resilient not only overcome an adverse problem but also learn and grow from it. 

At work, resilient people cope better with the demands that come to them, especially when they ask them to deal with changing priorities and a busy work schedule constantly.

Resilience is something that develops through an active process. How we see, and approach life and everything it brings to us has a massive impact on our experience.

Resilience includes a set of skills that you can develop:

  • Interpretation of adverse events as they are. Without making a catastrophe out of them, but remaining in the present;
  • Persistence in troubled or worse times;
  • Maintaining a clear set of goals and a sense of purpose.
  • Ability to see the big picture and realize that complex events are a standard part of life;
  • Emotion regulation;
  • The ability to stay connected with others.

Eight ways you can increase your resilience

1. Maintain self-awareness

When you are aware of yourself, you can feel the moments when you might take it aside and get back on track. Know your strengths, weaknesses, and patterns to be proactive and replace negativity with healthy thoughts. Keep things in perspective. Be aware of your inner resources. Instead of constantly thinking about the problem, try, for example, to write or keep a journal to release your thoughts and emotions.

2. Invest in relationships with others

Good relationships with family and friends are vital. Invest in them and spend quality time with your loved ones. Tell them why you appreciate them. You can also be active in the community, and get involved in volunteer projects, for example.

3. Cultivate a constant learning mindset

Treat challenges and problems as a learning process. Develop a habit of using them as opportunities to increase your skills and succeed.

4. Avoid dramatizing a crisis

Stress and change are part of life. How we interpret them and how we respond to events have a significant impact on how stressful we can solve them.

5. Celebrate success

Take time at the end of each day to evaluate what went well, be grateful, and congratulate yourself. This trains the mind to seek success and focus in this direction instead of remaining focused on failure and negativity.

6. Take care of your mind and body

You must keep your body healthy to ensure you are mentally well. Eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. Self-care also means compassion for yourself. Practice ways to calm your mind through yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and nature walks.

7. Find purpose in what you do and set realistic goals

Think about how your work is part of something bigger, positively impacting the lives of those around you. If you have dreams that you want to achieve, make it a habit to imagine them and do small things every day to invest in them, whether you read about your passions or plan your career or business step by step. Then, you open it at some point.

8. Practice optimism

Nothing is good or bad. Maintain an optimistic state in the face of adverse situations and trust that they will be resolved in time. Don't put pressure on yourself. Allowing your mind to get into the patterns of worry and negativity will take control of your mood. Instead, positively use your thoughts to help you be balanced and fulfilled.


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