As a training consultant and also as the chair of a cancer support charity, I come across the need for developing resilience daily. From a team under intense pressure to deliver to an individual having to cope with a serious illness. life presents us with challenges on a regular basis. The concept of resilience has emerged as the new stress management, focusing on how we can empower people to find their own inner strength to thrive in challenging situations. However you brand it though, the ability to manage the stresses that life sends our way is essential.
According to a 2016 HSE report, in 2015/16 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health. The main work factors cited for causing work related stress, depression or anxiety included tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support. The case for encouraging and developing resilience seems to be clear.
Within organisations the approach needs to come from 2 angles, from managers and as a personal responsibility. Managers can play a key role developing resilience in their teams and creating a positive and supporting work environment. Organisations can build in activities, training and support mechanisms to empower their people, so every individual feels that they can cope no matter what.
At Limitless for Life we encourage everyone to POWER UP to develop resilience:
Perspective – because you can choose how you look at a situation
Optimism – developing a positive attitude and self belief so you always think “I can”
Wellness – caring for your physical and mental health is key
Expression – you have needs, wants and opinions. Find a way to express them constructively
Relationships – who is there to support you? Resilient people don’t feel the need to do it alone!
Understanding – we all have emotions, what is important is how we acknowledge and regulate them
Purpose – what matters to you? Life paths and goals bring meaning and motivation
So take a moment to take stock of the resources you have and those you might still need to develop. Set yourself the challenge to Power Up on a regular basis. Have the confidence and self belief to know you can do this, the impact on your life will be significant.
After all as Victor Frankl, holocaust survivor and noted Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry said:
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”