Being able to manage pressure or stress, such as difficult working conditions, uncertainty, redundancy, over thinking and other complex and distressing issues, both in professional and personal realms, is part and parcel of our every day life.
However, at times this can be difficult to do especially if you experience prolonged pressure without respite or a series of difficult events. In addition, excessive pressure in one area, such as work, can impact negatively on our personal life, leading to a downward spiral of negatively and even possible burn out.
Developing resilience enhancing strategies is a step in the right direction to managing pressure more effectively. Some of the more common strategies include:
- Developing and maintaining a realistic outlook in all spheres of life. Becoming aware of your resilience draining attitudes such as “I can’t cope with this role change” will help you to work on developing stronger more pragmatic attitudes.
- Working towards goals whether they are short or long term. Bearing in mind that the more specific and challenging the goals, the greater your sense of achievement.
- Developing an overall sense of unconditional self-acceptance, that is learning not to rate yourself as a failure, boring or useless, rather learning to accept yourself as you are.
- Identifying and augmenting your own repertoire of strengths.
- Moving towards a process of solution focused thinking and actions. Using skills and strengths you have to develop quick and creative solutions to manage your problems.
- Maintaining flexibility and perspective in your overall outlook to life.
- Developing the skills for efficient decision making.
- Managing your emotions.
- Accepting and embracing change.
Overall, the key is to develop a resilience action plan in keeping with your own values, which you can implement on an everyday basis.