Resilience in the workplace

Nicole Whitbeck-Dohnal
Director of Sales

Everyone has stressors, trauma, and adversity in their life. A result of each of those includes change in some way, shape, or form. Whether it be physical, emotional, or mental, being resilient is how to get through those times. The Webster Dictionary defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Being able to control, modify, and grow aspects of your life is what resilience is. If you are someone who is struggling on how to be resilient in the workplace, you can find some ways to help below.

Build your connections. Focusing on connections that have trust, compassion, and supportiveness will help remind you that you are not alone during these wildering times. While the pain of distressing events can lead to isolation, it’s important to welcome help, support, and relationships from those who care about you. Reach out to a coworker or someone you feel comfortable with at work and start building a connection. You may find some things you have in common and that could be a great starting ground.

Boost your wellness. Take a good look where your mind and body are at presently, and assess what factors are stimulating this. Recognizing what factors are at play can help you create a wellness plan to help you get to where you want to be. Be positive and supportive of yourself. Include lifestyle changes like proper nutrition, adequate sleep, hydration, and regular exercise. Doing these activities can help reduce the overall amount of emotions like anxiety or depression. A great way to help keep you accountable at work is to join a wellness program. Ask your employer if there are any within the organization, or if there are opportunities to start one.

Find your purpose. Search within yourself and figure out what makes you feel good. For some, helping others by volunteering at a local homeless shelter or supporting a friend in need can gather a sense of purpose, self-worth, and a connection with other people. All of these can empower you to grow in resilience. Another important aspect is to acknowledge and accept your emotions during difficult times. During your self-discovery journey, ask yourself, “What can I do about a problem in my life?” Break down the problems into manageable pieces, and start from there.

It is important to remember that throughout your resilience journey, you are not alone. There are others around you, both professionally and personally, that may have a similar story, and are willing to support you and provide resources to get through the hard times.