For some reason recently, I have been talking to more people about ‘resilience’. The talk has touched on resilience in the sports environment, in the workplace and even on a personal level. Yet, what is it and how can you develop more resilience?
Resilience is generally defined as an individual having the ability and skills required to positively deal with stress and adversity. This means that although they are not immune to the challenges that life presents to them, they do deal with things in a positive and resourceful manner.
Someone who is not resilient might react as if it was the end of the world kind of thing to bad news or a disappointment. Whereas a more resilient person might be able to take things in their stride, put things into perspective and deal with the situation.
Someone who is resilient can bounce back after setbacks and carry on. They are able to let go of mistakes, errors and mishaps and refocus on the task at hand. Having strong resilience is one of the key to peak performance as it helps to maintain the focus on what is needed to be done in order to perform at the best level possible.
So, how can you build stronger resilience?
Well, there are a couple of things. Being able to take a step back from the situation and keep things in perspective is a start. From there, you are better able to make realistic plans as to how to handle the situation. Another element that contributes to stronger resilience is having a positive self-belief and confidence in yourself and your abilities. Confidence is something that you can strengthen with regular attention and action.
Additionally, have a strong social support network around you helps. Having strong, supportive, people around you helps as it can provide people to talk to about things, bounce ideas around and help you to put things in perspective as well as come up with effective strategies to deal with situation.
Funny enough, another strategy that builds resilience is self-care. By being nurturing to yourself and being kind to yourself, it helps build those feel-good feelings. So, make sure you take time to do things you enjoy and make sure you take time to eat well, rest sufficiently and sleep enough.
These are just a few of the strategies you can implement to become more resilient, and remember, you may feel as if you are more resilient in one area of your life and not in another. Yet, with practice, you can become more resilient in all areas.
So, take some time to consider how you might develop your resilience so you can let things go, refocus on the task at hand and have that ‘bounce-back-ability’.