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5 ways to build resilience at work

Being able to deal with the stress and demands of the modern workplace is now an expected trait to have. Your workplace is often one of the most stressful places in your life and it’s common for many to feel overwhelmed by their daily responsibilities. Your ability to respond to pressure and not let it affect your performance is important in both your professional and personal life.

If it’s so important to success in life, then why do we spend so little time developing this skill? Below we look at five ways to build resilience in all situations, whether it’s developing conflict management skills or learning to handle the daily pressures of work.

1. Understand resilience can be developed

Resilience is seen as your ability to recover from difficulties quickly. The thing is, most people don’t just wake up and are instantly able to deal with extreme pressure and difficulties in their life. When it comes to dealing with pressure or deadlines, a lot of it comes down to personal experience and developing resilience over time. We all have to start somewhere, but know that resilience can be developed.

2. Learn from your mistakes and failures

It’s a little cliché but very much a true statement. The way in which you respond to failure plays a direct role in building resilience. Resilient individuals accept their failures and look at what they can gain from the experience. It’s understandable to have feelings of disappointment following a failure, but there is always a lesson you can take away to become stronger in the future.

3. Start a mindfulness exercise routine

Mental training is just as important as physical training. To thrive in the modern workplace, there is a greater reliance on being able to solve problems, be dynamic, and make decisions on the fly. It’s easy to become stressed when you are constantly bombarded with questions from people who need answers right away. This is where exercising mindfulness can directly help you in your profession. Some of the more popular mindfulness exercises include meditation and breathing techniques.

4. Learn how and when to take a break

Psychologists have found mental focus, clarity, and energy cycles last between 90 and 120 minutes. Spending more than two hours on an activity can often result in burnout, lower quality of work, and reduced productivity. Taking a short, five-minute break can allow you to reset, regain focus, and improve situational awareness. If you find yourself stuck on a problem, step away from the situation for a couple of minutes. You may find having a clear mind will help you think better and find the right solution faster on your second approach.

5. Compassion for yourself is just as important

When people think about compassion, they often look at it in terms of other people. Most people would look at compassion and say it occurs where you are aware of someone else’s suffering and feel the motivation to relieve that pain. Self-compassion is the same principle, but instead of directed at someone else, you look at yourself. Being more compassionate to others as well as yourself has been shown to increase happiness and well-being, while decreasing stress in the workplace.

Want to build resilience at your workplace?

Resilience is built through attitude, behaviour, and social support. If you feel overwhelmed by the pressures of work, or are noticing team members becoming stressed, start incorporating resilience-building activities within your organisation. Improving your staff’s emotional health can be as easy as bringing in guest speakers and motivational speakers – simple things you can do to build up resilience. Contact us today to find out more.


Paul Walsh