Recently, we explored the effects that workplace stress has on our psychological wellbeing. In this day and age, challenges are all around us.

Resilience is an individual’s capacity to respond to the pressure and demands of daily life. In the workplace, stress is caused by three factors: people, organizational challenges and outside events.

But while some people are naturally resilient, it is a skill that can be developed with awareness and practice. It is an active process. How we CHOOSE to approach life and its challenges has an impact on how we experience those events.

Below are some strategies to help develop or strengthen your resilience.

Create a Positive Belief System. There is always a reason to doubt yourself, your goals, your plan or your place in the world. Interview the “Doubter” in you – ask yourself what you are afraid of, and what are the failures that you can experience? Then, those doubts become challenges rather than dark fears. You can strategize around challenges. Fears will lurk in dark corners and haunt you.

Find a Sense of Purpose in Your Work Life. Know what your goals are. Where do you want to go professionally? Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? What professionals in your field would you like to emulate? Having a roadmap for where you want to go will help you understand that even your challenges have a purpose – to help you develop the skills and experience needed for the journey.

Develop a Strong Network. A support network will fortify you during times of crisis. Allies will help protect your reputation, share your feelings, provide feedback and problem solve with you. Allies at work are invaluable. But if your office is a political minefield and you don’t have strong allies at work, then look outside the office at your professional networks, women’s groups and alumni organizations.

Have a Personal Vision. Companies and organizations create vision statements. You should have one as well. Know what you believe and what you want to accomplish in life. With this vision, you can use this as a guide during decision making times and keep your sense of integrity strong.

Be Flexible and Adaptable. Being flexible means that you have the ability to look at challenges from a proactive approach. Learn to be more adaptable to the new reality. Learn to embrace change, and see it as an opportunity.

Nurture Yourself. It’s okay – and essential – to take time out for yourself. Don’t eat lunch at your desk everyday. Take time to exercise. Have dinner and drinks with your friends once a month. These small action items will revitalize you and keep you from burning out.

Keep Working on Your Skills. No matter how long you have been in your field, there is always a new skill to learn or improve. Each new challenge is an obstacle to learn something new – whether it’s a hard skill or soft skill.

Do you have a tip for developing resiliency? Comment below or drop us a line at triciakagerer@gmail.com.

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