5 Tips to Improve Emotional Resilience
Every year an estimated 17 million workdays are lost to stress, anxiety and depression. Currently, a quarter of all employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.
Experts refer to stress as the black plague of the 21st century due to the high association between stress and disease. So, if stress is the black plague of our century, emotional resilience is the antidote.
What is emotional resilience? It is an individual’s psychological ability to cope with, or adapt to, pressure, change and stress.
Emotional resilience is not something you are born with. It is a skill that can be learned.
5 Tips to Practice Emotional Resilience
1. Practice Thought Awareness
Listen to how you talk to yourself when something goes wrong and if you find yourself making statements that are permanent, pervasive or personalized, correct these thoughts. Resilient people are confident that they’re going to succeed eventually, despite their setbacks. So, repeat after me: “I got this!”
2. Maintain Perspective
Resilient people view a difficulty as a challenge, not as a paralyzing event. In the moment, a crisis can be overwhelming. Work to maintain the perspective that in a few years from now, it will not have that big of an impact on your life.
3. There are no such things as mistakes, only learning lessons.
Resilient people look at their mistakes as lessons to be learned from and as opportunities for growth. Mistakes are simply learning experiences; they provide vital information that we need in order to improve.
4. Accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can.
Those who spend time worrying about uncontrollable events can often feel lost, helpless and powerless to take action. Focus your energy on situations and events that you have control over, and where you can have the most impact, to feel empowered and confident.
5. Focus on Being Flexible
Resilient people understand that things change, and that carefully made plans may, occasionally, need to be amended or scrapped. Focus on being flexible and remember you can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
The ability to build resilience is a skill that will serve you well in an increasingly stressful world. I’ve personally found practicing these five techniques helped me to feel more empowered, confident and happy.
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This wellness tip is brought to you by Mika of Goomi Group.