By Oxford Dictionary’s definition, resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties’. The benefits of being resilient are endless. Resilient staff cope better with the demands and stresses of a modern workplace, such as difficult people, tight deadlines and hefty workloads.

Although resilience is not something you are either born with or without, we can all develop resilience through learning new habits and developing strategies.

Here are four tips to help you become more resilient at work:

Make connections and build relationships.

Good relationships with family, friends and work colleagues are important. Resilient people will reach out and ask for help without feeling inadequate or intimidated. Accepting help and support from a strong network strengthens your resilience.

Use setbacks as learning experiences.

Highly resilient people are open to trying new things and will view the occasional failure as an essential stage in the process of achieving final success. It has been noted throughout history that successful men and women all face setbacks but it’s how they persistently overcome those setbacks which inevitably makes them successful.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”.

You can’t change the fact that highly stressful situations happen, however, if a problem occurs during your day, use it as a learning experience to develop and practice new skills and be aware of how you respond to the problem. Being emotionally intelligent and aware of your emotions will help you to manage them more appropriately.

Practice realistic optimism.

An optimistic outlook enables you to expect that good things will happen in your life. Being a realistic optimist encourages self-control and control over interpersonal relationships. Try visualising what you want, and creating action plans on how you’re going to achieve it, rather than worrying about what you fear. Thinking positive and having confidence in your abilities helps build resilience.

Take care of yourself. 

Pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience.

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