Stress will kill you, but in this fast-paced world of never-ending work, how can a person avoid stress? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Rich Fernandez shares how learning to be resilient is more important than ever in the fight against burnout. There are five ways to better increase your resilience at work:
- Be mindful.
- Take breaks.
- Develop mental agility.
- Have compassion.
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It is becoming more and more common for people in the business world to shift their focus to being mindful. According to social psychologists Laura Kiken and Natalie Shook, they discovered that “mindfulness predicts judgment accuracy and insight-related problem solving.” Allowing your employees to be exposed to an array of learning and development opportunities will help to make mindfulness a core competency.
People receive too much information to properly process all of it in a day, but people can compartmentalize the information so they can better optimize the tasks they must complete. It is best to avoid context switching, or going back and forth between tasks. Focus on one thing and then move on to the next to achieve the best results.
It is important to take some time to step away from work and refocus. It is believed that mental focus, clarity, and energy cycles typically last 90-120 minutes. It is vital to take a break even if only for a few minutes to recharge so you can have the highest brain power once more.
According to Fernandez, it is rather simple to respond to rather than react to a difficult situation or person. This ability allows for you to take a step back from the scenario and evaluate what is happening and why it makes you feel the way you do. Pausing and observing allows for you to then solve the problem in the best way possible.
Having compassion for yourself and others is an important aspect of mental resilience. Having compassion helps to increase happiness and overall well-being, as well as decrease stress. There is no rule that says you must give up compassion to be effective in business. Actually, the opposite will hold great validity.
You can read the original article here: https://hbr.org/2016/06/627-building-resilience-ic-5-ways-to-build-your-personal-resilience-at-work