How Can You Develop Emotional Resilience?

Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt and cope well with daily stressors and unexpected events with ease; allowing you to make your own choices about how you want to feel in any situation. Your own emotional resilience is built up by genetics and then many factors throughout your life including, age, gender, upbringing or trauma. The great news is, emotional resilience can be learned and developed at any age and is an excellent skill to have in both your personal life and a workplace environment.

Here are just some of the ways in which you can develop your emotional intelligence…

Become Emotionally Aware

Just becoming aware of where your emotional resilience is on the scale is a long way to becoming more emotionally resilient. If you are able to understand and nurture your own emotions in a healthy way, it will become easier to recognise other people’s emotional triggers and why they behave the way they do too. This boosts your relationship with yourself, your family, your friends and your colleagues.

Look after Your Mind and Body

Expecting your mind and body to function at their best with no care is like trying to run a car with no fuel, it just doesn’t work. You can begin to change this by fuelling your mind and body with the best things, you deserve it just as much as anyone does. Try to spot unhealthy coping mechanisms as they arise; challenge them and yourself to cope differently this time. Stay as physically active as you can manage and fill your body with good, nutritious food.

Continue to Learn

People who display strong emotional resilience are good learners, they learn from their mistakes or unhealthy thought processes and they take steps to change their thoughts and actions as stressors occur. In the early days, If you don’t feel like you can handle stress when it arrives, then plan for it; take some time to think about and write down the thoughts you will think and the actions you will take when the time comes. Know it off by heart and eventually, this will become second nature to you.

Surround Yourself with Support

We don’t have to do everything alone. Extra support when you need it is perfectly ok and it’s also fine to lean on others sometimes to help you through the harder moments. Being able to take a few minutes out when you need it, to gather your thoughts or respectfully delegate tasks to your team if you are struggling, are all healthy ways to keep your emotional resilience strong and in check.

If you need some support in developing your emotional resilience at work or you are an organisation who wants to put their people first with a commitment to investing and developing your staff to increase productivity, efficiency and revenue then talk to us to find out how we can help here.