What is Resilience?
When faced with adversity, tragedy, difficulty, threats of stress or trauma, resilience is our ability to adapt and move on from these difficult experiences.
You could be facing or going through some testing times …..such as dealing with a difficult issue or person, stressful relationship, work pressure, change of job, moving house, divorce, a death of a loved one, health problem…. or you may want to become more resilient to protect yourself and help yourself get through whatever life throws at you.
Being resilient doesn’t mean that a person does not experience distress or pain, but they have the tools to get through, build on that experience and come back stronger.
With the stresses of modern life on a daily basis, adapting to almost constant changes around us, both in the workplace and personally, keeping pace with increasing demands and competition are all components that the idea of resilience encompasses.
A resilient person is seen to be confident, clear-headed, proactive, organised and often high-energy. They very rarely drag their heels or complain!
The current Economic Climate……well it’s not good! With a struggling economy there comes struggling companies, fewer opportunities, redundancies, rejection and money problems. A low resilience to these very real issues can result in a massive upset to your positive psychology.
We are now expected to give more…for less. With 24/7 technology now sitting in everyone’s pocket, rendered us accessible all day, every day. Who needs sleep? We have caffeine for that…and who needs to take a break – you can take your mobile complete with emails, call facility, sat nav, BBM, social media platforms, apps, schedules, diaries and reminders with you wherever you go. Perhaps we also expect and want more from ourselves too these days? We want to achieve a certain standard of living and can see such a variety of goods and experiences out there… why shouldn’t we have that nice food, that ipad, those clothes or that car?
Stress & Burn Out
Following on rather poignantly from the above point, is an increase in stress. An inevitable consequence for some, burning out in an attempt to keep up with a rapid pace of change for those people-pleasing personalities, is only going to become more of an issue. It already astonishes us how much money companies lose and how much time off work is needed to be taken due to stress and exhaustion. As well as costing the companies, it costs the NHS which in turn costs us – a vicious circle this just might be?
But it’s not all doom and gloom! The good news is that Resilience can be learnt. There are tips you can learn and strategies that you can put in place to change the way you think, feel, and act, to see things differently and make real changes.
So how can building your resilience help you?
Building personal resilience is about managing energy and creating balance in the key areas of mental, emotional and physiological performance and the ability to manage these within a personal context and working environment, enabling you to feel healthier, happier and more fulfilled.
So increasing your resilience will help:
- Build knowledge and understanding of how personal resilience levels relate to your confidence, your energy, your self management and your performance
- Learn techniques to control your response to pressure, that will help you continue effectively when feeling stretched
- Improve your self control and self regulation, enabling you to positively influence others
- Develop your ability to remain focused and be productive whilst experiencing challenge and pressure
- Achieve greater energy and clarity
- Create a healthier attitude, becoming more engaged and motivated
- Increase your stamina and the ability to lead yourselves, and others, through uncertainty more effectively
- Bounce back from setbacks, emerging stronger and more resourceful
Personal Resilience is a big subject combining Mental Toughness, Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience techniques as well as Fitness and Wellbeing. We can help you understand yourself and others in a different light, building your resilience to help you be the best that you can be.
Why not start your journey?
If you are interested in developing your own personal resilience – join our Resilience Unravelled facebook group to gain knowledge, strategies, tips and understanding – share experiences, boost your performance and become a healthier, happier, more balanced you.
Download our Free ebook – Resilience Unravelled, which provides a great introduction to building resilience.
Or explore our blogs, podcasts, videos and online course.