Our ability to cope diminishes as pressure increases. It's a subtle process and so it's easy to miss the signs of impending burnout. Learning to monitor yourself to ensure that you have sufficient spare capacity is critical to resilience and performance under pressure
Resilience is not something people either have. We've all surprised ourselves at some time by handling a tricky situation better than expected. We all have the ability to bounce back from adversity. Some more than others, but it can be learned and developed. What is more, small daily shifts and changes are all that is required to get things going.
Asking the right questions about resilience can help steer you towards more helpful answers. Take my survey to help you steer a course.
What contributes to personal resilience? I have recently been writing a new guide to accompany training on the topic. The key elements are: Optimism; Freedom from stress and anxiety; Individual accountability; Openness and flexibility, and Problem orientation.
Being more resilient does not mean stress disappears, but it brings the ability to overcome adversity and move forward with your life.
Organisational resilience is achieved through planning and foresight, but the most important aspect comes back to resilient people and teams.
There are compelling reasons in learning to think like an optimist. An optimistic thinking style is a key factor in wellbeing. These go far beyond the usual simplified ‘glass half full’ ideas or the claims of the positive thinking movement. There are now thousands of studies that attest to the value of optimism at all stages of our lives. From childhood to old age, an optimistic outlook confers all sorts of advantages.
These three reilience tips are highly unusual but all tried and tested. They make it simple to get started and they can have a HUGE impact.
Some things have to be spelled out. Any change can grieve us and the best 'treatment' is time. There's no hurry, and no need to recreate the past.