In competitive basketball a coach can call a ‘time-out’ by using the sign that is displayed in the image above. When the stress rises and the players need to be more resilient, the coach calls for a STOP in the game to coach his players with tools and strategies to turn the situation around.

In an article in the Harvard Business review relates…

“A small but intriguing new survey by a pair of British consultants confirms the importance of resilience to business success. Resilience was defined by most as the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and keep going in the face of adversity. But when Sarah Bond and Gillian Shapiro asked 835 employees from public, private, and non-profit firms in Britain what was happening in their own lives that required them to draw on those reserves, they didn’t point to tragedies like the London Tube bombings, appalling business mistakes, the need to keep up with the inexorably accelerating pace of change, or the challenges of the still-difficult economy — they pointed to their co-workers.

A whopping 75% of them said that the biggest drain on their resilience reserves was ‘managing difficult people or office politics at work.’ That was followed closely by stress brought on by overwork and by having to withstand personal criticism.”

As our working landscape changes we need to be more aware of…

  1. How much more we are accessible now with texts, emails and mobile phones we can be reached almost anywhere.  If we are not vigilant, we are always responding to other people’s needs.  Thus our own agenda is constantly on hold.  Our off time is constantly interrupted if we allow it.
  2. Others just expect us to have a greater output. People not only reach us whenever they want to, but they expect an immediate response.  In a world of instant gratification, we believe we have the right to instant responses.  We are part of the problem in that we expect others to respond to our needs quickly.  Many people are now addicted to incoming information.  We may feel slightly unwanted if no-one sends us anything for a while, or we have not checked our Facebook or Twitter to respond to others posts.

 Some Resilience Building Stress Reduction Tips

  • Live by your values. Being clear on your values helps you to prioritise. Create time for reflection and relaxation.
  • Planning is a key. People who do not plan are not only a danger to themselves, they have a negative impact on others.
  • The power of ‘NO’. I find that saying “No” or “No thanks”, or “Later” is very useful in building resilience. Focus on what is important to you.
  • Eat healthily and do exercise you enjoy
  • Continually work on creating nurturing loving relationships for yourself

If you would like to immerse yourself in two days of creating your own unique Stress Management Toolkit with tools and strategies that build your resilience, then join us in Brisbane on 14 & 15 May for the Stress to Strength Experience Workshop. We have a fantastic team of qualified Stress Management Practitioners who will guide and mentor you through the processes. Plus you’ll have lots of fun and go home relaxed and de-stressed

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