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Elastic bands snap if stretched too far

There's so much going on in the world today let alone what's going on in your life. It's tempting to think that maybe it was different, easier for previous generations. Who knows? We live in the world as it is now. It is a complex, uncertain, even unpredictable world. A lot has been written about resilience, the need to respond healthily to adversity, to adapt and find a better way to cope.

There are some things you can do to develop yur resilience but it is also necessary to consider your environment. It's no good being flexible in a toxic situation whether it's work, physical environment or relationships. I like to think of resilience as a muscle - you can build it up gradually so that it is strong and flexible but ... if an excessive load is applied then that muscle gets injured. So there is a lot we can do to build up our muscle of resilience but there is a responsibility for employers to have an environment that is healthy not just in a physical sense but also in a psychological sense.

Some people may have a genetic predisposition to be more resilient. However that doesn't exclude those of us who don't have this genetic advantage. Resilience can be learned and we can develop coping styles. Physical and emotional nurturing in our childhood set us up to be more resilient.

Good habits to build up resilience are:

  • having an attitude of kindness to yourself
  • having an adequate and healthy diet
  • getting enough sleep
  • being physically active
  • having healthy relationships with family/friends/partner
  • being compassionate to self and others
  • developing a more positive frame of mind or being optimistic

My view is that resilience and optimism are interdependent. Although nature predisposes some people to be more optimistic than others, optimism can be practiced and developed. Optimism is not wearing rose-tinted specs or blindly believing it will all work out. It is a belief that problems can be solved, that there are options and there is a way forward.

Optimism and resilience - a willingness to move forward, to find a better way.. So do what you can to build up your muscle.