• Resilience makes our life easier and happier in so many ways. There’s a plethora of science that shows resilient people are better employees and are better able to cope with many of the common problems of corporate life - anxiety, depression and workplace stress (Williams et al., 2018), Resilient folk are also happier and more satisfied with their lives (Barcelona University, 2012) and even fight serious diseases, such as cancer, better (Cohen et at., 2014).

    How’s about we take a holistic approach to exploring the meaning and purpose of resilience and how to develop greater resilience in every dimension of our life!

    When I first started working in this field I analysed the evidence carefully and found that there are 5 critical Dimensions of life that are imperative for our Resilience.

  • 1. Physical Foundations – the Body Dimension

    Nourishing and nurturing our physical body is an essential element of resilience. One of the primary constituents of our physical resilience is sleep. In simple terms we must sleep enough and create healthy sleep patterns, in order to avoid the dreadful consequences that I’ve written about before [link to https://andrewstead.org/blog-killing-me-softly-the-mortal-dangers-of-sleep-deprivation/].

    Being mindful of nutrition and observing our tendencies to comfort food when we’re stressed or tired is another key factor. We also need to develop physical strength and endurance since evidence suggests that regular exercise is associated with greater emotional resilience, especially in situations of acute stress (Childs & de Wit, 2014).

  • 2. Mind Maximisation – the Mental & Emotional Dimension

    Take control, responsibility and action! Getting super organised and staying focused on goals pays dividends. I’ve seen it for myself as well as for countless clients.

    Understanding what we can and cannot control and making a plan that we stick to improves our resilience (Abbasi, 2018) as it creates the perception of having a mental safety net. Cultivate your self-awareness and be crystal clear on what you do and don’t want.

  • 3. Regaining Relationships – the Social Dimension

    Develop your communication skills and be open to feedback. Feel free to express your emotions and find healthy ways to manage them. Personally, I find Non-Violent Communication (NVC) fantastic for this. Resilience has been demonstrated to have great effects on anger management and impulsive behaviours (Damirchi et al., 2018).

    Invest your time in cultivating healthy social bonds, learning how to ask for help and be honest with yourself and others: profound self-awareness is associated with deeper resilience and less probability to develop burnout (Chaukos et al., 2017).

  • 4. Workplace Well-being – the Professional Dimension

    We’ve explored the benefits and the techniques of a resilient workplace, but one fundamental aspect is motivation. Motivated employees – and students - perform better (Wentzel et al., 2016).

    But don’t forget to develop financial resilience too. Evaluate your spending decisions, promote investments and monitor your cash flow. It will give you financial security and greater stability.

  • 5. Personal Purpose – the Dimension of Inner-Self

    Identify your strengths and feel confident about your personal resources. Analyse your values and stick to them! And if you want to make sure you live your resilient life at its absolute best then discover your life purpose. Finding meaning and purpose is the easiest way to long lasting resilience (MacLeod et al., 2016).

    No longer is Resilience a mysterious trait we are born with or not. We can develop Resilience skills and it's not as difficult as we think!

    Be confident and put effort, your resilient life is waiting for you.

    Have a gorgeously resilient day,

     

    Andrew