Emotional Resilience: Day 3

Emotional Resilience: Day 3

FOUR Resilience Practices 

CNS Regional Director of Clinical Services Dr. Gary Seale explains the importance of resilience in times of uncertainty and suggests four strategies to help you start building your resilience today.

Dr. Seale explains that dealing with loss, change, setbacks, and disappointment is an inevitable part of life. It is also inevitable in the workplace. But, "Why do some people remain calm, keep their cool, and tackle problems head-on while others come undone, fall into despair, or hide from problems with unhealthy coping strategies," he asks.

The answer – Resilience.

Why is Resilience Important?

"It is a resource that gives people the ability to tackle problems head-on and overcome adversity," says Dr. Seale. "Resilience also contributes to physical and psychological health. And contributes to personal growth and flourishing," he says.

Four Resilience Practices:

  1. Tell your strength story. Resilient people understand that there is a separation between who they are at their core and the cause of temporary suffering. Think about a time when you faced a challenging situation and overcame it.
  2. Create a resilience library of books and videos of people overcoming adversity. For example, the book, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, or the movie, "Remember the Titans."
  3. Post visual reminders. For example, inspirational quotes such as "Never, never, never give up" – Winston Churchill, and "Failure is not an option" – Gene Kranz.
  4. Connect with others/communicate how you're feeling.