10 tips to build personal resilience

Keep calm and build resilience reads the poster advertising the community events in a village near to where I live in Kent. There are exhibitions, demonstrations, fun activities and a social element. The tag line proudly states 'building community resilience'. What a great idea.

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Reflecting on this display of community spirit, it occurs to me that building personal resilience requires a similar set of approaches. Here are ten tips that will have a positive impact on your ability to deal with challenging situations:

  • It is good to talk. Build a network of like-minded people who will support you through good times and bad.
  • Raise your pulse. It doesn’t matter what you do, just get moving. The effort will invigorate.
  • Mind your mindset. Our beliefs and attitudes shape our reaction to events. Watch out for negative self-talk. Foster a growth mindset by seeing the effort as the key to success.
  • Get enough rest. Sleep is a wonderful restorative and can help you cope with the difficulties life puts in your path. Catnapping is a great way to refresh yourself too. 
  • Mindful minutes. Practice living in the moment. It improves mood and clarity of thought. Try one of the many apps that are available to learn how to quiet your mind.
  • Drink enough water. A simple yet effective way to keep your brain and body in tip-top condition. Keep a bottle of tap water topped up and sip throughout the day.
  • Tame workload. Audit what you are doing. Use ditch, do, delegate to bring it under control.
  • Keep breathing. Take a few minutes to breathe properly. Enjoy feeling composed through a focus on the breath. Try box breathing. Just breath in to the count of 4, hold to the count of 4 and out to the count of 4. It is free and easy to apply!
  • Be grateful. Reflect on three things that have happened during the day that make you feel positive and happy.
  • Remember that you are the CEO of your responses. You can choose how you react in any situation. Reflect on the difference a measured approach has on your well-being and ability to cope.



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Beverly is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Chartered Manager and Chartered Marketeer. She comes to coaching from a senior business background, including board level. Her purpose is simple. She works with people to help them be at their resourceful best. She can help you do the things that promote wellbeing, bring personal as well as professional satisfaction and make you happy.

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