Resilience and Positivity

Resilience and Positivity

Naima Hassan

Every year an estimated 17 million workdays are lost to stress, anxiety, and depression (a study by Mental Health Foundation) and World Health Organization has named stress the ‘health epidemic of the 21st century’ and employers and policymakers are increasingly taking the stress, anxiety, and depression affecting valuable members of the workforce much more seriously. 

Some people cope with stressful situations better than others, mainly due to being more resilient. These people thrive whilst others around them crumble under the pressure. 

The ability to bounce back from stress or adversity is important throughout life, especially in challenging times or when we face transitions, like COVID 19 (physical distancing, self-isolation, quarantine) health problems, loss of loved ones, separation from family, childhood friends, and changes in the work environment has affected our daily lives. Each change affects differently brings a unique flood of thoughts, strong emotions, and uncertainty. 

While these changes (like rough river waters) are certainly painful and difficult, Yet people generally adapt well over time to life changes and stressful situations. 

Positively coping with stress is known as RESILIENCE, it has been defined as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or It means “bouncing back” from difficult experiences and it has many health benefits. it can also involve profound personal growth.

 It’s associated with longevity, lower rates of depression, and greater satisfaction with life, there’s a sense of control, and it helps people feel more positive in general, likewise, a lack of resilience means that you may not handle stress well in difficult situations. 

It’s important to note that resilience is not a fixed entity and isn’t something that a person inherits. It can be taught, and a workplace is an ideal place for people to learn to build their resilience.  Becoming more resilient requires a shift in thinking; and the three areas of focus are aspiration, attitude, and adaptability but today’s bulletin addressing resilience at the workplace.

Why resilience is important

When you experience adversity and stress you may feel,

Anger 

Grief

Pain 

Resilient people can keep functioning both physically and psychologically in any situation, they survive, grow and develop better self,

Resilient people have

The lower level of depression

Develop personally because of adversity, 

Harness inner strength,

Four Things to avoid

Avoid joining the doom and gloom club –when others start-up on how bad things are, people naturally end to get into the negativity and gossip,

 

Avoid ostrich behavior —burying your head in the sand might make things go away, but it won’t increase your sense of purpose or empowerment. You have things you should be doing, like restructuring part of your life, or looking for new ways and options. Remember plan review and learn will help you build  your life,   

 

Avoid Exaggeration —people love to talk up bad and negative, but catastrophizing is one of those patterns of thought that lead right into depression. 

 

Avoid Negativity —we are surrounded by so much bad news, as well as the pessimists more than that electronic and print media, are  particularly good at feeding us negative

Avoid Negativity

We are surrounded by so much bad news, as well as pessimists, more than that electronic and print media, are particularly good at feeding us negativity most of the time! Surround yourself with positive ideas and influences. Look for things that inspire you

Building Resilience

Accept change. Accept that change is a part of life, certain goals or ideals may no longer be attainable because of changed situations in today’s life, accepting that change can help you to stay focused.

 

Maintain a positive outlook. It’s hard to be positive when life isn’t going your way, but an optimistic outlook empowers you to expect that good thing will happen to you. Try visualizing what you want, rather than worrying about what you fear. Along the way, note any subtle ways in which you start to feel better as you deal with difficult situations. 

Learn from your past. By looking back at who or what was helpful in previous times of distress, you may discover how you can respond effectively to new difficult situations. Remind yourself of where you’ve been able to find strength and ask yourself what you’ve learned from those experiences.

Laugh more. “Laughing can decrease stress hormones and boost the immune system, try watching funny movies, reading a funny book, or even forcing yourself to laugh. “Laughter is contagious, and it is the best therapy.

Meditate. Practicing a meditation technique counters stress by eliciting the relaxation response, which helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen consumption, and stress hormones. Elicit the response with yoga, mindfulness, guided imagery, or deep breathing exercises.

Reframe your situation. See the upside rather than the downside of a predicament. For example, if you are sad that your grown child isn’t calling as often as you’d like, try instead to be proud and happy that you helped your child become an independent adult.

 

Prioritize relationships. Connecting with empathetic and understanding people can remind you that you’re not alone during difficulties. Focus on trustworthy and compassionate relations

 who validate your feelings, which will support the skill of resilience, 

 

Self-care may be a popular buzzword, but it is a best practice for wellbeing and resilience. Promoting positive lifestyle factors like proper nutrition, ample sleep, hydration, and regular exercise can strengthen your body and mind to adapt to stress and reduce the toll of emotions like anxiety or depression.

 

Avoid negative outlets. It may be tempting to mask your pain with alcohol, drugs, or other substances, you can garner a sense of purpose, foster self-worth, and tangibly help others, all of which can empower you to grow in resilience.

 

Be proactive. It’s helpful to acknowledge and accept your emotions during hard times, but it’s also important to help you foster self-discovery by asking yourself, “What can I do about a problem in my life?” If the problems seem too big to tackle, motivate yourself to seek assistance, do not isolate yourself and accept the help and support,  


Take-Home:  Resilience is not necessarily a personality trait that only some people possess, it involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that anyone can learn and develop at any time.

About the Author

naima hassan
Naima Hassan

Mental Health professional- Naima has provided stress counseling services in more than 15 countries, Having more than two decades of practicing experience in trauma counseling, Stress Counselling, family n marital counseling. She is the author of more than 200 articles, an expert in conducting training on different topics.

She can be reached through WhatsApp: +923458509045 or naimahassan1@yahoo.com

Feature Photo Credits: Nick Fewings

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