Can You Build Emotional Resilience?
04 April 2018

Can You Build Emotional Resilience?

Stress management – emotional resilience - employee welfare

Many people seem to suffer stress and anxiety for very minor of reasons. For some sufferers this condition is quite genuine, though there’s a good number of people who give “stress” as a reason to go sick as soon as anything they don’t like happens at work. In fact, I find this response is now the rule rather than the exception.

Stress is a normal condition, but if it spirals out of control and becomes a more serious mental impairment, it can blight lives.

We can learn to be more robust mentally by building our emotional resilience (ER). ER measures our ability to cope with or adapt to stressful situations or crises – our ability to bounce back. Many businesses and schools are now being taken to introduce resilience training.

It’s never too late to learn. Experts say adults are just as adept at learning the skills needed to be emotionally strong, proactive and decisive, no matter how late in life they start.

The good news is that you can learn to build your ER.

  • Treat crises as interesting challenges to overcome, not insurmountable problems.
  • Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and family.
  • Accept that change is normal, not a disaster.
  • Take control and be decisive in difficult situations.
  • Nurture a positive view of yourself - don’t talk yourself down or focus on flaws.
  • Look for opportunities to improve yourself: a new challenge, social situation or interest outside work. Set goals and plan ways to reach them.
  • Keep things in perspective. Learn from your mistakes and think long-term.
  • Practice optimism and actively seek the good side of a bad situation.
  • Practice emotional awareness: can you identify what you are feeling and why?
  • Look after yourself, through healthy eating, exercise, sleep and relaxation.

Organisations in which ER is taught have improved so much (increased motivation, innovation and better relationships etc) that the Department for Health now sponsors a free, downloadable ER toolkit for employers, with tips on how to “survive and thrive” at work.

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