This is the ability to cope well with challenging situations, whether in a work environment or at home. It is as much an issue to a salesman bouncing back after the 20th “no” of the day as it is for the emergency service personnel after dealing with a traumatic event.
Some people are naturally resilient, but for many, it is not something that comes easy. However, there are many techniques that can be taught to increase resilience and prepare the workforce for the particular challenges they face..
When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
It is easy to see why resilience is important for occupations where trauma is an everyday part of their lives – the emergency services and the military for example. How do you get up the nerve to patrol the streets of a war torn country when you saw some of your colleagues get killed the previous day? But, equally the ability to be resilient is just as important for all of us. How does the salesman who just got his 20th “no” of the day re-set his mind to pick up the phone and try again, knowing that he might face another rejection? How does someone who has just lost a loved one to a terminal illness motivate themselves to get up in the morning and go to work?
Resilience can be taught
Various Neuro Linguistic techniques and Mindfulness exercises are useful for building resilience and can help overcome the challenging situations that we face on a day to day basis. Re-framing strategies are also a great way of changing perspectives and enable us to see the world in a more positive light. Better communication skills, realistic goal setting and a more positive view of yourself and your abilities and strengths can also be developed with various exercises.
Stress – the facts
Stress has been with us since the beginning of time. Our bodies are designed to react to a perceived threat, to ready ourselves for “fight or flight”. Hormones are released into the body which cause increased blood flow, elevated heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar. This drives blood to the brain and increases our energy levels temporarily so that we can make the appropriate response. This is useful when danger is imminent, but our body reacts the same way to many other situations where this reaction is not appropriate.
Common causes of stress include:
Long hours at work
and many more…
"Stress is what arises when something you care about is at stake"
Kelly McGonigal The Upside of Stress
Short periods of stress are not such a problem, but prolonged levels of stress have been shown to cause:
A fivefold risk of dying from heart related problems
Double the risk of developing diabetes. A 65% increased risk of developing dementia
Double the chance of becoming obese
An increased risk of breast cancer
A 70% increased risk of disabilities in later life
Signs of Stress.
Many people ignore the signs of stress or just assume that they are having just another “bad day”. However, the signs that you may be suffering from stress could include:
Fatigue, Sleeping problems
Aggression, Mood swings
Feeling of isolation
Substance abuse and more…
Preventing and Dealing with Stress.
Using NLP and Mindfulness it is possible to minimise the effects of stress and in many cases prevent it from starting in the first place. Mindfulness exercises help still the little voices in your head and give your mind some breathing space. Some NLP techniques are able to “re-wire the brain” into new, more positive ways of thinking.
This enables you to nip negative thoughts in the bud and turn around your thought processes to allow you deal with life's ups and downs without suffering the effects of stress. Of course, in some cases, a little stress can be a good thing and it is possible to change the thinking to use this stress to your advantage!
Contact Stress Boffin now to arrange a stress busting workshop for your workplace
Mindful Breathing MP3
Here is a free mindful breathing exercise for you. It is only a few minutes long but is great for easing and preventing stress. Try to commit to using it every day.
During the workshops the attendees practice a number of Mindfulness exercises as well as some useful NLP techniques for re-thinking stress, dealing with conflict and enhancing communication.
An hour long interactive presentation suitable for conferences and training days, giving the attendees valuable techniques and exercises to prevent stress and build resilience.