This article originally appeared in the July 2012 Successful Supervisor, published by LifeSolutions.
So, what is resilience? Gail Wagnild, RN, PhD has defined resilience as the ability to adapt, recover, and grow stronger from adversity. While most people are able to do this to some extent, individuals with strong resiliency are able to handle change, difficulties, and adversity often without missing a beat. Although they may be experiencing the same circumstances as others, their response is different. They emerge optimistic and challenged, rather than defeated, threatened, or fatigued. They are less likely to become depressed or resigned to the situation. Developing resilience is learning how to build capacity for growth. It prepares people ahead of time for various risk situations and aids in preventing or reducing stress‐related disorders such as depression and anxiety. While resiliency may come more readily to some people, all individuals have the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn ways of being and responding. People can choose to be empowered as opposed to disempowered. So, let’s enter the 21st century and learn about resilience.
What do resilient people do that sets them apart from those who are less resilient? How do I get on board?
Research shows that resilient people:
According to Wagnild, there are five core components of resiliency. Wagnild recommends that the best approach is to address one component at a time. Remember, it is important to take small, actionable steps that can lead to big gains and wins. The five components are:
These components are supplemented and supported by engaging fully in life, supporting others and asking for support when needed, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and allowing ample time for relaxation and recreation.
Other strategies can help you strengthen resiliency.
You and your employees can become more resilient!
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