Mental Toughness and Resilience are becoming more prominent in the working environment now that the economy is providing more challenges than ever before. Traditionally, these fields are more associated with sports however, a growing number of psychology studies now emphasise the importance of these in the workplace.
Taking from the publication “The Road to Resilience”, here are the first 5 tips which will help you to increase your Resilience.
1. Seek support
Make connections with people who can provide social support such as friends, colleagues and mentors. Good relationships with close family members, friends, or others are important and accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience.
2. See setbacks as temporary
Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable and maintain a long-term view toward the future. You can’t change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events. Try looking beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better. Note any subtle ways in which you might already feel somewhat better as you deal with difficult situations.
3. Embrace change
Accept that change (and the need to adapt to it) is part of day-to-day life. Certain goals may no longer be attainable as a result of adverse situations. Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.
4. Set realistic goals
Focus on small steps and realistic goals that can be accomplished regularly, even if it seems like a small accomplishment. These help enable you to move toward your goals. Instead of focusing on tasks that seem unachievable, ask yourself, “What’s one thing I know I can accomplish today that will help me move in the direction I want to go?”
5. Take action
Take decisive action rather than wishing problems away. Don’t let your problems cripple you to the point of inertia or inaction. Take any action that moves you forward even if it is only a small step.