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How to Build Resilience during Stressful Times in your Career?

November 13, 2015

Today’s highly competitive world brings with it challenges in everyday life and thus contribute to elevated stress levels from pressures on all fronts – both professional and personal. Trying to bring out a work-life balance and building resilience to overcome stressful times in your career isn’t easy.

Business leaders navigating through different industries are often met with unprecedented changes and challenges when trying to grow their own business. These business professionals are simply trying to build a career in field of their choice.

As stress is a given, how do you build resilience to overcome situations? Be it big life crisis or slump phases in your career, these useful tips will help you navigate through worst times with a level-headed approach:

  • Ask yourself, if you have experienced the same in your recent past? If yes, try to understand patterns that make you arrive at decisions that bring about challenges in your career. Studies prove that those who have experienced adversities in their lifetime prove to be better at coping with situations, building self-efficacy and create a sense of mastery to support social networks.
  • Is this event going to bring about a radical change in my life that a “new norm” will eventually emerge? Depending on the severity of the situations that you will have to overcome at this point of time in your career, a new norm will undoubtedly, eventually emerge. However, there is a process to stop this style of cyclic thinking and readjusting yourself to situations in worst-case scenario by building resilience at the hour.

See: Decoding Stress at Work without the Use of Drugs and Alcohol

  • Will this open up new doors or cause disasters further in your career? Dealing with traumatic life events, requires personal grit to stand tall post the aftermath of events. You should face it with a renewed appreciation for life, increased personal strength, spiritual growth and improved relationships.
  • Envision future and think if you will be dealing with this problem in the longer run? When you become resilient you tend to hone a realistic way of looking at life and thinking about the time span this stress producing event shall consume – this could range from some months to year to a lifetime of vicious circle. However, during crisis many people make the mistake of assuming that this phase seems to last forever. In reality, this is seldom true. Evaluate the root causes of the problem and introspect for answers. This will help you arrive at new perspective on things.
  • Look for anyone in your groups who has been through similar kind of situations in their career. Seek who can prove to be of help? Their timely advice can come handy during bad times. Developing high quality connections and staying strong shows resilience. If you can find someone in your friends networks, “who has been there and done it,” then it can bring you some sort of confidence and comfort.
  • What aspects of this crisis situation are under your control and beyond? Try to identify the things controllable and the ones beyond to help realign your thoughts and focus on matters within your reach. Resilient people try resolving aspects of a problem within their control, for this takes charge of those beyond through indirect influence.
  • Keep a check on your positive and negative emotions at work. It is hard to stay positive during troubled times in your life and career; however this is where the winners take the winning leap. Positive emotions directly contribute towards building resilience which further helps in sound decision making, enhanced creativity and reduced impact of negative psychological emotions such as anger, jealousy, lack of confidence etc.

During stressful times, it is noteworthy to remember that it’s not the problems or situations that break you down, but it’s the way you handle it that makes things good or worse. Make resilience a part of your everyday life and embrace positivity with open arms to gain better control of your life, emotions and keep troubled times at bay.

Also read: Top 10 Things Highly Successful People Do between Jobs

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