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Resilience in Changing Times

By: Kirsty O'Callaghan, Owner, Unity Words

There is so much change happening at a local, national and global level that many business women find themselves overwhelmed by what is going on around them. KIRSTY O’CALLAGHAN looks at ten ideas you can use to build your resilience and cope with the evolving business world.

Resilience is a constant belief in you to be well, to be happy, and to be better. Resilience is an inner quality that allows you to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever.

Rather than letting failure or change overcome you, you can find a way to get back up, get back in control, re-invent yourself and your circumstances and use this as an opportunity rather than a misfortune. After experiencing hardship, resilient people are able to change course and soldier on.
Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them:

  • a positive attitude,
  • optimism,
  • the ability to regulate emotions,
  • and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback.

Resilience is the process by which you adapt to changes or crises, such as death, tragedy, the loss of a job or financial problems. Resilience is not a character trait – it can be learnt by anyone but learning it does require time and effort, and the effort you put in is well worth the rewards.

Here are 10 resilience building tips:

  1. Get adequate restorative sleep. Poor sleep patterns and stress go hand in hand.
  2. Engage in adequate physical exercise daily. Exercise is a major buffer against stress, including stress from depression.
  3. Maintain a healthy diet. You will not feel good about yourself, have enough energy or promote your body’s healing process if you continually eat junk food, or have an unbalanced diet, eat food that is loaded with preservative, additives and chemicals or have above recommended portion sizes.
  4. Have a loving support system; relationships which convey understanding, respect and interest and are grounded in good listening and establishing safety and basic trust. Quality social support correlates with higher levels of resiliency.
  5. Meet challenges as they occur and avoid procrastination and the stresses that come from it and crises that arise from delays.
  6. Build tolerance for doubt and uncertainty, attempt to stay in the present moment being Mindful, and you are less likely to experience anxieties related to a need for certainty.
  7. Express values, such as responsibility and integrity. This gives you a firm base for change and decisive action.
  8. Work to build high frustration tolerance. High frustration tolerance, cognitive flexibility, and a problem-solving mindset are the corner stones of resilience.
  9. Be an optimist. Make lemonade out of lemons! This type of sunny disposition with a small dose of realism is the best way to, achieve your goals and meet your commitments, overcome challenges and keep a smile on your face, which of course sets off beneficial health promoting hormones.
  10. Boost resilience by reducing your risk of negative thinking and increase your chances for realistic positive and proactive thinking.

There are times when we are put off course, dramatically and painfully, to begin again and become better and brighter than we were previously. There are times when we question the method of redirection. Greatness is born of adversity, so if there is a grand opportunity in this time of change for you, what could it be?


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