Building Resilience

This article discusses how the art of building Resilience
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What is resilience? Why is resilience important? Why do we need it? How are you building resilience and making it so we have the strength and stamina to overcome obstacles and achieve our goals?

Resilience is particularly important in the current climate, when the future seems uncertain.

What is resilience?

Resilience is our ability to adapt and keep going when things don’t go as we planned. Resilience is the ability to acknowledge the situation, learn from mistakes and move forward.

Why is resilience important?

Resilience is important because it enables us to cope with experiences which could otherwise be overwhelming. It helps us to maintain balance in our lives during difficult periods and can mean we cope more effectively with difficulties. Resilience means we cope better and are less likely to suffer with mental health problems, such as stress, anxiety and depression.

Why do we need resilience?

Resilience enables us to bounce back after facing challenges or difficulties. It enables us to keep going no matter what life throws at us.

Resilience is seeing challenges as opportunities, rather than difficulties and maintaining a positive attitude.

How can we build resilience?

1. Mindfulness

Mindfulness, or being completely present in each moment, is an effective way of reducing stress and improving resiliency. Mindfulness can improve decision making and overall job performance. When being completely grounded in each moment, you are focussed on the immediate situation. This reduces levels of worry about the future and in particular about things out of your control.

2. Compartmentalise and focus

Organise work activities effectively, creating dedicated times to undertake each task. For example, plan your working day to allow team for each task or activity that needs to be completed that day, and allow time for future planning too. This could mean turning your email and phone off and only accessing messages 2 or three times a day. This enables you to be responsive, without distracting from your goals for the day.

Being less reactive allows you to focus and work efficiently and effectively.

3.Choose your response

We can all choose how we respond to each situation. We are in charge of our reactions! Learn to look at situations objectively, and learn that very few situations are permanent. For example, one project or piece of work may not go as planned, however, that is not the case for all projects/pieces of work. Be neutral in your reactions, and view situations with the aim of solving the problem rather than dwelling on what went wrong. What can be learnt from what has happened? What is the best way to move forward, and what action(s) will prevent the same problem from occurring again?

Don’t dwell on mistakes. In most cases, they will be forgotten in a very short period of time. Often, it is not the mistake that is important, but the response to it.

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4. Be Kind

It is important to be kind to both yourself and others. Being kind in your approach avoids recrimination and blame, and leads to a more positive outcome for all. A compassionate culture can lead to an environment where people feel safe in taking risks and this can lead to greater success for employees and the business.

5. Build a strong support network

We all know that “no man is an island”, and it is important that we remember this during challenging times. Talking a problem or issue through with someone you care about can lead to a renewed sense of perspective about the issue or a solution you may not have thought of alone. Don’t be afraid of reaching out for help.

6. Establish balance in your life

A sense of balance in life is important in remaining resilient. It means you have the opportunity to rest and recharge and focus on the different things in your life that are important. Purpose in life is rarely tied to one thing, we all have multiple roles – parent, child, sibling, friend, employee.

Find hobbies and activities outside of work that bring you joy! These will enable you to take a break, and focus on other things. Having a break will help you avoid burnout and will enable you to perform effectively long-term.

7. Be healthy

Being healthy is key to being resilient. When you aren’t feeling physically or mentally well, it is much more difficult to be resilient. It is therefore important to prioritise both you physical and mental health.

Eat well, take regular exercise and be mindful of caffeine and alcohol consumption.


We strongly recommend that employers:

  1. Develop a culture that does not allocate blame, but focuses on lessons learnt and problem solving
  2. Allow employees to take risks
  3. Communicate effectively
  4. Support employees in maintaining a good work-life balance
  5. Allow employees to manage their working day effectively

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