Resilience in times of uncertainty

Jul 8

Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to change, providing psychological strength to cope with stress and hardship.

Dealing with change or loss is an inevitable part of life. In today’s uncertain environment, we are all experiencing varying degrees of setbacks and concern. With this, employee wellbeing must be at the forefront of organisation’s minds, ensuring that employees are healthy and resilient – both at work and at home – as we remain agile and transition to a more permanent remote way of working. 

An international report by the World Health Organisation reveals that depression is the most disabling illness for the corporate sector, second only to cardio-vascular diseases.

Developing a positive outlook, having a strong support system, and taking steps to foster wellbeing can go a long way toward becoming more resilient. We spoke to Steph Prem, Founder and Director of RISE by Studio PP, on her top 3 ways to build resilience into your work and personal life:

Reframe Your Thoughts and Re-think Stress.

Resilience is different to positivity and optimism. Resilient people look at negative situations more realistically. We need to be able to focus on the problems we are being faced with, even when the situation seems overwhelming. Taking realistic steps towards a solution, however small these steps may be, can improve your sense of control and build a more resilient mindset.

It’s important to focus on the positive measures you can take to transition out of a negative mindset and take on the tasks at hand more effectively. When we are in a heightened state of stress, our mind can jump to harmful and negative conclusions that don’t serve us or aren’t always true. Practicing self-awareness and being more deliberate in taking a mindful approach to your day will dramatically affect your thoughts, feelings, habits, and behaviours (in the moment), and steer you toward better responses and outcomes. 

Additionally, daily moderate exercise, meditation, rests (without guilt), breath work and gratitude are all simple and effective ways to lower your stress immediately and require little time, no money and are all available to you instantly.

Put support programs in place that help build resilience.

Tailored initiatives and keeping employees engaged during times when they need it most will go a long way in ensuring your organisation’s greatest asset – its people – can excel despite adversity.

Being surrounded by people you can trust and confide in is crucial to building resilience. Internal HR departments can implement better strategies and initiatives to support employee wellbeing.

At RISE by Studio PP, we manage each individual member with wellness consultations and personal training sessions, looking at overall health and stress management in a more holistic way. Our customised wellness programs can be conducted as a team building strategy at our onsite wellness studio or delivered virtually and individually via Zoom.

Foster wellness.

When faced with a crisis or problem (like a global pandemic) in addition to your current life stresses, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the things that feel out of control. Instead of wasting time hoping things will go back to normal soon, instead try focusing on the things that are completely in your control, such as your personal self-care and wellbeing.

While self-care may be a bit of a buzz word, it is a genuine practice for mental health and building resilience. Stress presents itself in weird and wonderful ways and is just as much physical as it is emotional.

With working from home becoming the new normal, promoting and fostering positive lifestyle habits like proper nutrition, sufficient sleep, regular exercise and hydration can strengthen your body to adapt and better manage stress and reduce the overwhelming and controlling emotions such as anxiety or depression.

RISE by Studio PP continue to offer virtual fitness classes to 101 Collins’ customers. Click here to view online class passes and membership options.

By Steph Prem, Founder and Head Trainer Rise by Studio PP.

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