building professional resilience

Building Professional Resilience

Building professional resilience and well-being starts at the top. Managers must continually be actively pursuing new opportunities for the organization, all while maintaining the agility needed to pivot at a moment’s notice. As companies are embracing and extending work-from-home policies, it is necessary to emphasize physical and mental resilience among the team.

This can come through the practice of creating new habits to help the team’s overall well-being. By encouraging employees to find methods to manage their stress, companies can play an active role in developing their team’s emotional resilience.

Below are 11 ideas to help with building resilience, gaining strength to overcome your biggest challenge at times …yourself.

  • Have a purpose – or find one. What is your “Why?” Ask yourself and explore what makes you tick and find that one thing that drives you toward success.
  • Practice overcoming hurdles in everyday life by challenging your thought process. The goal is to broaden your interests to allow your mind to disrupt your preconceived ideas and find new (better) ways to address difficulties. For example, try a new hobby, learn a new language, share ideas, and explore new visions. Enlist a buddy and start challenging the status quo.
  • Relax already! Meditate, try breathing exercises, a weighted blanket, or a soft furry blanket, run water or play harmonizing sounds in the background, play with or take your pet for a walk, or make a nice creative hot drink.
  • Train your body and mind to stay sharp and focused. The benefits of regular exercise are not only physical but also positively impact mental and emotional health by creating stress relief and improving your mood.
  • Develop an abiding sense of humor. “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower. It has been proven that humor can be a potent tool to successfully cope with stress and anxiety. Watch a comedy, a stand-up from your favorite comedian, or listen to a funny podcast. Additionally, your environment can play a huge part in your mood. Change your work area to include things that make you smile, such as a picture with family or friends, or even a splash of your favorite color.
  • You are not alone! We all go through difficult times. Realize that maybe a loved one needs you too. Try reaching out to a friend, coworker, or family member to boost your mood and theirs.
  • Build strong support networks through online virtual meetings, classes, etc.  Make it a point to build your network by asking questions during the session to be recognized and not be a figure in the background. Get out of the shadows and into the limelight!
  • Ring…. not the phone, silly. Set a timer on an hourly basis to stretch and breathe for five minutes, it can help you physically feel better, and you might find it calms your inner mood as well.
  • Face your fears by doing, not talking. What is FEAR anyway? “False Evidence Appearing Real” by standard definition. Fear gets you nowhere, but courage gets you everywhere. Just face it, laugh it off, and let it go.
  • Nurture a strong sense of self by affirming your strengths and eliminating the damaging self-inflicting pollution in your brain. Yell “STOP” out loud until it goes away! Clear the smog so you can move on.
  • Be compassionate, kind, and giving. It is incredible what a little kindness to others and yourself will do for a sense of well-being. It does not cost a thing to smile at a stranger or say hello! We need each other, and who knows, it just might make your day even more than theirs.

Prepared by

Michelle Smith Schmidt
Marketing Manager, HR Service

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