With concerns growing over the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, there is a huge amount of uncertainty in these times. You may not only be concerned about your own health and that of those around you but also your job security, procedures at your workplace and so on. It’s likely you’ve felt uneasy, frustrated, anxious or even down about the recent turn of events.
In these times, cultivating resilience can be a helpful strategy. In our two-part guide to cultivating resilience, we outline the steps you can take to cultivate resilience to help you both in the workplace and all other aspects of your life in these unpredictable times.
What is resilience?
Resilience can be defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Our resilience, or capacity to bounce back and even thrive in pressured times, is critical in workplaces today, especially in these uncertain times.
With higher workloads, declining resources, frequent change, and now the new threat of the Coronavirus – together with the hectic pace of personal lives, resilience is key to keeping your head above water.
While strategies to build resilience have long been of interest in the arenas of parenting, education and disaster recovery, less focus has been placed on how these ideas can be translated into building resilient workplaces.
However, with recent events – first Brexit, now the Coronavirus – cultivating resilience in the workplace has never been more important.
The benefits of cultivating resilience in the workplace
Resilient people are more optimistic, adaptable and independent. They are also better at solving problems and have sound levels of self-control.
Meanwhile, resilient teams have similar characteristics, and find it easier to rebound from setbacks and adapt to change and pressure. All of these characteristics can be developed with the right know-how.
The role of core values
Core values are the bedrock of resilience. If you haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about what your core values are, try doing so. It can help to spend time really feeling why these values matter as well as how they are brought to life through your actions.
Living close to your core values can be a very clarifying and strengthening experience. It can also make life easier. Then next time you are faced with a big decision, you can use your core values as a touchstone: Which choice best honours your core values?
Core values can also help you define your purpose in life. They can empower the roles you play in life, whether as a parent, a community member, or an employee.
Finding meaning in adversity
Viewing adversity as an opportunity is what takes people out of the victim mentality and empowers them to be survivors and makers of change.
Traumas in life are defined by a loss of control or a shattering of one’s former paradigm. This may be how you are feeling with the current global state of affairs. However, struggles can force you to engage with life’s most important questions. Your suffering can make you compassionate and give you the opportunity to care and feel deeply.
Try sitting with a belief that instead of life happening to you, life is happening for you. Welcoming alleviates suffering and the most resilient among us find a way to fight by embracing the uncertainty or adversity we might be facing. As humans, we are programmed to fight against adversity, instead, try accepting the battle.
In the second part in our resilience series, we share how to cultivate healthy coping skills and a resilient human spirit. In the meantime we hope you found these insights useful. For more information about how our resilience workshops can support your employees, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org