In the current climate, things are a little uncertain and we are faced with many changes to our daily lives. Personal resilience refers to our ability to cope with change and manage potentially difficult situations, which can play a key role in our performance at work as well as having an impact on our health and wellbeing.
Many of us now find ourselves working within critical service teams or being redeployed to a new role to provide support where it is needed most. As the situation progresses and we anticipate the ease of the current lockdown measures, we are also starting to think about what challenges we might face when returning to the workplace. These are not easy times and it’s important to think about your own resilience and how this might be improved.
Here are our top ten tips for building resilience:
Ensure that you have a support network both at work and in your personal life, such as family, friends and colleagues. Make the most of any support available to you such as our employee wellbeing advice and support centre, our staff forum, relevant websites and organisations.
Learn to accept the things that you cannot control and recognise the things that you can. This is particularly important when adapting to change and will allow you to view the things that are happening with a more positive mindset. This will help you to think more rationally, feel happier, move on, feel more motivated and have more faith in yourself.
Now is a really important time to take care of yourself so try to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. These including eating well, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep. You should also try to keep active and develop or maintain hobbies and interests. This will help you to maintain strong physical and mental health during a time when this is vital.
Make sure that you make time for yourself and take a break, both physically and mentally. Taking regular breaks to have a change of scenery or just a quiet five minutes can make a big difference, particularly if you are now working in an unfamiliar or more challenging role. Try to maintain a clear separation between working time and ‘down time’ and always change out of your uniform or work clothes once you have finished working for the day.
Keep working towards your goals; try setting small goals or creating action plans to help you get there. Be kind to yourself, acknowledge your progress and reward yourself for achievements. While there may not be a fast and easy solution to the problem, taking small steps is a great way to start.
Try to keep things in perspective and see challenges or difficulties as opportunities for personal growth and development. Embrace change, learn from criticism, persist in the face of setbacks, learn from those around you, and remember that these times will not last forever.
Remaining calm and relaxed in difficult situations is important, so allow yourself time to clear your mind. Try practising mindfulness, yoga, tai chi or breathing exercises to relax and unwind. Try to be aware of, and appreciate, the little things.
Learn to understand your own thoughts; acknowledge unhelpful thinking habits such as anxious or negative thoughts and try to adapt a more positive mindset. Bring yourself back to the facts that you know and think about what advice you would give to a friend if they were experiencing those thoughts.
Take time to reflect and show gratitude – this is particularly important during times of change. Take notice and become more mindful of your current situation and what is happening in your life right now. Why not try listing 3 things at the end of each day that you are grateful for?
While laughing, the brain releases endorphins, the natural feel good chemicals. During these challenging times, remember that it’s OK to laugh - it might just help!
Please also refer to our ‘Looking after Your Wellbeing' page for further information and support.
To learn more about personal resilience and wellbeing, we recommend that you complete the Personal Resilience E-Learning, which can be found via Learning@Wales. This module has been designed to help you think about your own resilience, particularly within the workplace, and how it can be improved.
Your username will simply be your employee number followed by the word ‘carm’. Select ‘Carmarthenshire County Council’ on the Local Authorities tab and search for ‘Personal Resilience’ in the course search bar.
Page updated: 29/06/2020 09:12:17