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5 tips to mental resilience

Written by Bianca Pickett, Head of Technology Services, People and Culture, Kiandra IT

Mental resilience is defined by our ability to successfully adapt to life and bounce back in the face of adversity — and it’s a topic we can all benefit from learning more about. Life (and work) rolls on like a train on a schedule, and some days we roll and some days we struggle to even get to the platform.

Currently, a quarter of all employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scary stuff.

Mentally healthy workplaces are something a growing number of businesses are striving to create – which is fantastic. But, while it is employers who need to do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to creating a working environment that fosters good mental health, employees have a critical role to play too.

I am certainly no authority, but I have learnt some techniques which help me balance my busy life, so I get to the platform every day and get on the right train at least. By learning what works for you, you don’t have to be a passive recipient of workplace stress. You can do something about it.

Tip 1 – You are responsible for you
The way you view and react to the world and people around you is your choice. Some chose to abscond responsibility for their emotions by making it everyone else’s fault. Some carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and take responsibility for everyone else around them. Put simply, you and only you, are responsible for you.

Tip 2 – Let it go
Years of yoga has trained one thing into me, that is to let things go. It is now a mantra for me when I start to ruminate or hold onto something that doesn’t serve me. I breathe in, tense my muscles, breathe out then say in my head ‘let go’. There are so many things we can’t control or change in this world, focus your time on the ones you can.

Tip 3 – Exercise
Admittedly, I am on the wrong side of normal when it comes to exercise, but it is such an important element in our wellbeing. Movement and exercise is vital in our balance. It clears your head, it helps your feel better and builds wellness, and challenges you in a way that you can’t get by sitting at your desk. A simple walk around the block, a yoga class, a bike ride, should all be built into your daily routine.

Tip 4 – Find your space
There is so much noise in our worlds, (literally and figuratively) that it is hard sometimes to just take a step back. It may seem really simple, but taking a conscious breath (or ten), is one of the most powerful things we can do to find a little bit of space for our body to settle, our mind to relax and process, and to find a little bit of space.

Tip 5 – Have a laugh
Simple huh, but I actively seek the humour out in my day. Those people that always have a funny story; the silly video; the simple funny things in life that make you smile or laugh like a child would. I find life is serious enough as is it is; without humour, I am not sure I could do it.

You can seek so many resources out to help you if you need support or ideas; but ultimately I encourage you to train your brain to help you, rather than hinder you.