"How to Achieve and Maintain Resilience"
Newsletter, June 5, 2013
Resilience is the physical, mental, and emotional state that allows you to be ready to handle any unexpected things that come your way. When you don't take a break you feel burned out, the quality of your work suffers, or you get sick. That's why we all need to rejuvenate, revitalize, and recharge ourselves to reach our full potential:
1. As often as possible, take breaks at work, even if it's just for five minutes. Listen to some music you enjoy or get up from your desk and stretch a little.
2. Schedule a vacation well in advance so you are sure to take it and don't use the excuse that you're just "too busy" to get away.
3. Identify the saboteurs in your life and avoid them. Saboteurs may be friends that drain you with their negativity, or they could be family members that are too demanding of your time and energy.
4. Keep a positive goal in mind as you tackle those tasks you dislike.
5. Don't be afraid to say "no". If you can't possibly take on any more work, then politely say "no" to the project. Remember, if you say "yes" to everything, you're not going to have the time or the energy to do your best on anything.
6. Eat smart and exercise regularly. The times when we are the most stressed is precisely when we need proper nutrition, so take the time for proper food choices.