According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression has been on the rise recently and it is one of the dominant factors for determining the state of our mental health. Most adults spend their lives working several hours while the typical 9-5 is the reality of most individuals today. Emotional resilience is an individual’s psychological ability to cope with or adapt to pressure, change and stress needs to be built and boosted even in your place of work and can be developed with proper training, knowledge, and motivation.
Promoting emotional resilience in your workplace is the best way to function properly and be productive. It is important to note that building resilience is a skill and not a habit and the most important way to develop this skill is to understand and manage the factors that causes stress at work. While some people have the natural capacity to withstand the pressure and frustration that comes with work, others do not. However, the goods news is, resilience can be learned.
Here are some tips on how you can develop emotional resilience even in the face of stress, change and complexity.
- Exercise your mind often because life can be unpredictable, and it can stress you beyond your capabilities. Exercising of the mind often helps you develop healthy coping mechanisms and maintain balance during stressful times so that you become a master of your emotions. This process helps you calm your mind and reminds you to be aware of your thoughts. For example, you can meditate, read books that will soothe your mind.
- Prioritize yourself by taking care of your body. Working in a stressful environment can make you forget the essentials of your life, which is your health. For this reason, self-care is necessary and important.
- Stay away from negativity and surround yourself with positivity. This is all you need to survive emotional turbulence. Spend time with people who make you happy, inspire and challenge you. Get rid of any toxic friendship or environment that makes you feel less of yourself.
- Create social connections with your colleagues at work and bond over shared stress or anxiety.
- Try to establish a good work-life balance. Find hobbies outside of work that you enjoy, or a side hustle that brings you joy.
You can take control of your resilience emotionally with these tips and build up a strong mental strategy. Be aware that you will not develop resilience overnight; but with each day you will get better and stronger.