Did you know that almost 80% of Brits commonly experience stress at work?
It seems as though stress, worry, and doubt have become the standard for places of work, especially when things are a little uncertain. But, it doesn’t have to be like this.
Just because your work is rockier than usual doesn’t mean that you have to shoulder the load and let your emotions take the brunt. There are ways you can stay resilient and ride out difficult times much more easily than most of us currently are.
To help you, here are the tops ways to stay resilient when work is tough.
Why is Resilience Important?
Did you know that Thomas Eddison apparently made thousands upon thousands of prototypes before he invented the lightbulb? That, right there, is resilience. If he didn’t have the strength to get back up after every failure and try again, the world might be a lot darker today!
Resilience is vital to keeping you going, no matter what struggles you might face. Whether you’ve got a tough project, there’s talk or redundancies, or you’ve messed up big time on a certain task, you need to be able to come back fighting. If you don’t, you’re giving up, and that just isn’t an option!
Stay resilient to change, setbacks, and uncertainty and you’ll find every day becomes a whole lot easier. Now, let’s get into the tips you’ve been waiting for.
The first step to learning how to stay resilient is learning acceptance. If you have trouble letting go of control, this is an important step and will help you stay resilient to changes at work and in your life. If there are redundancies at your work, there’s nothing you can do about them; accept them and try to move forward.
Trying to battle things that aren’t in your control can be draining and leave you feeling defeated. The best thing to do is to accept something that you can’t change and devote your time to things you do have control over instead.
A great activity is to make a list of all the things worrying you that you don’t have control over, and then verbally give yourself permission to stop worrying about them.
Be Honest About Your Mistakes
How many times has hiding from a mistake worked? If you’ve done something wrong, the best thing is to confront it and, most importantly, learn from it. The worst thing about a mistake is often not knowing how someone else will react and owning up to it quickly will prevent a lot of unnecessary worries!
You should be honest with yourself about your mistakes, too. Take the time to acknowledge what you’ve done wrong, think about why they didn’t work, and how you can do better next time.
Master Your Emotions
Emotions can have a big part to play in how resilient you are. If you can’t control yours, negative emotions can quickly take over your reactions and responses. To become more resilient, take control of your negative thinking and try to switch to a more positive outset.
Rather than focusing on the negatives of an experience, focus on what’s positive. This simple switch in your thinking could have a massive effect on your resilience at work!
Take Care of Yourself
If your work is more unstable than usual, take more time to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and eat lots of great food. You’d be surprised how much better you’ll be able to cope mentally if you’re feeling good physically!
If you’re feeling stressed out or simply not your best self, exercise can help too. By doing something active your body will produce endorphins, which can reduce stress, lift your mood, and even help you sleep better! All of this will help a lot in your fight to build resilience.
Always Ask For Help if You Need It
When things are hitting you hard at work, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Connecting with family, friends, or even a colleague at work can help boost your mood and ease your stress. It’ll also give you a chance to talk through your emotions and make sense of all the change around you.
A lot of people withdraw in tough times, but this isn’t the way to do things if you want to become more resilient. Instead, surround yourself with good people who will listen to you in times of need and pick up the phone instead of spending another night alone. Even if the last thing you think you want is to talk to someone, it’s likely you’ll feel a lot better after and it will help you stay resilient to variations in your life.
Being resilient is incredibly tough! It requires a lot of mental strength and belief in yourself, as well as the ability to let go of control. So, when you’re dealing with a tough situation at work well, reward yourself.
Resilient people work hard, but they also know when to take a moment to appreciate the joy of a win. It’s the feeling you get from overcoming something small that will give you the strength to tackle something bigger.
Learn More About How to Stay Resilient
Learning how to stay resilient when work is unstable isn’t easy and it takes time. But, just by reading this guide and being aware that there are problems ahead that you’re going to have to tackle, you’re already on your way to being a stronger version of you.
If you need more help becoming resilient in the workplace or in life, be sure to find out about the life coaching available from Sarah-J. With plenty of experience, I can help you tackle your problems head-on.