To coincide with our Resilient Innovation 2020 virtual event last week, we’ve carried the resilience theme over to our wellbeing channel. It has been a challenging year for all of us and it has become increasingly evident that developing resilience is essential so that we can learn to cope and adapt during these tough times. Here are four easy actions you can take on board to boost your resilience.
Take time out
Taking regular breaks throughout the work day and making sure you use your annual leave - even if you aren’t going on holiday this year - helps restore your energy so that you can bounce back and cope with any difficulties that comes your way.
Look after your physical and mental health
Yes, that old chestnut. Simple lifestyle changes like eating nourishing food, getting enough sleep and exercising do make a big difference in the long run, helping you strengthen your mind and body so that you are ready to deal with the stresses of everyday life.
Engage in restorative activities
It’s very easy to find yourself spending your down time doing unfulfilling activities like scrolling through social media, watching substandard TV and worrying about the state of the world – we all do it. Engaging in an activity that you truly enjoy and fully commit to makes you feel so much more satisfied. The satisfaction you get when reading a good book, the high you get after exercising, the accomplishment of baking a cake or painting helps you truly switch off and feel restored.
Face your fears
A big part of building your resilience is challenging yourself and facing fearful situations so that you have the confidence and courage to face life’s challenges. The saying ‘do one thing every day that scares you’ rings true. However, you could rephrase this and challenge yourself to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone every day, something that isn’t necessarily comfortable or easy for you. This could be anything from asking someone for help, speaking in front of a crowd, reaching out to someone you’ve lost contact with or learning a new skill. Challenging yourself regularly gradually builds your resilience and gives you the ability to cope with difficult situations.
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