Staying Resilient During Uncertainty

April 3rd, 2020 | By Sarah Callender, Commercial Director at Duo

Resilience is a subject that we have been training teams and individuals on for years. In the times of unexpected change that we find ourselves in, especially in light of COVID-19 Coronavirus, it is even more important to look at how you are managing both your own resilience, and that of your team, and even with your family at home.

Some people emerge from a crisis stronger than before it started. The biggest differentiator in the ones who become stronger, versus those that don’t, is how they manage their resilience during uncertain times. Resilience is a key factor in wellbeing and strong mental health. Your level of resilience will impact how well you deal with uncertainty, change and stressful situations. 

Resilience is defined as your ability to adapt well and recover quickly after change, adversity, stress or sometimes trauma. Resilient people have the ability to “bounce back”, stay committed and even increase their efforts during difficult times. If you’re feeling less resilient, you’re more likely to dwell on problems, feel overwhelmed, use unhealthy coping tactics to handle stress, or develop anxiety and depression.

We live in a time where change is frequent, rapid and often intense, both in our personal lives and at work. Change can manifest in a number of ways from day to day changes, through to more serious life events or global events like COVID-19.

It is our ability to respond to, and deal effectively, with this change, that is a key factor in resilience, and successfully & healthily navigating uncertain times. 

We have put together some useful questions to ask yourself around your own resilience:

  • Where have you adapted well to change or uncertainty in the past? What did you learn and how could you apply that to current circumstances?
  • Where have you adapted badly to change or uncertainty in the past? What would you need to do currently to make sure you don’t get the same outcome?

By understanding the lessons from previous instances of change or uncertainty you can look at proven ways to deal with the change you are experiencing currently.

  • What is your typical stress response?

We all have a different response to stress and change – by understanding how you typically respond, you can then employ coping techniques around this.

  • What type of language do you use with yourself and others? Do you tend to generalise situations and narrow down your options so you are more easily overwhelmed? How are you using positive language to send signals to your subconscious that enable you to deal with the change?

The language we use with ourselves and others is so important in how we perceive things. Making even small word tweaks can make a huge different to your resilience and ability to deal with change and uncertainty.

  • What is your narrative? Is this helping make the situation better or worse?

In difficult or uncertain situations, it is easy for our narrative to be exactly that – difficult and uncertain. The important thing is to shift this narrative. For you to access anything other than the present moment – you have to go through your mind. This means that to access any time other than the present – it is a choice – you control where your mind goes.

We have put together a full resource on this subject to give you a deeper level of insight, and an online course will be coming soon. If you have any questions, or would like any one-to-one support for yourself, or anyone in your business, we would love to help.