The reality in which we now live is testing our resolve and mental wellbeing more than ever before. How can you keep the resilience of your team strong and make sure that people are able to successfully navigate these uncertain times?
The tips we are covering here might help you, or your team members, to do a resilience check-up.
Get the basics right
Make sure you get the basics right so you have a solid foundation to work from: rest, take some exercise and get enough sleep. These are the cornerstones of good health at the best of times and become even more important in the current climate.
Ask yourself: Am I getting the basics right and giving myself the best chance at being resilient?
Reinforce your core values
Personal resilience is inextricably linked to our values and purpose in life; the way we find meaning in what we do and why we are here. Values are key drivers of happiness and engagement. They are so important that we would question any behaviour or action that would compromise them.
Whether your values focus on compassion, family health, happiness or supporting your community, what can you do every day to make sure that you are living in alignment with them?
Ask yourself: What’s the most important thing to me about my role? What can I do to make a difference for a colleague or customer today? If I say yes to more purposeful tasks, what do I say no to? What work could I do today that would give me a sense of achievement?
Focus on what you can control
The global nature of this pandemic means it’s everywhere we look, and that can be difficult for keeping your emotions and mental health balanced.
The key is to stop and calmly evaluate the things that are within your control. Resilient people focus their time and energy on problems that they can directly influence.
You can also reframe potentially negative experiences in a new light, turning them into positives. For example, the chance to be at home may result in a new appreciation of your surroundings and a chance to invest your energy into making it more comfortable.
Ask yourself: What can I do about this? How can I control my response to it? What can I learn from this challenge that will help me in the future?
Positive emotions build your resilience and finding ways to be genuinely grateful can be hugely useful. Grateful people have less stress; they are more optimistic, can positively interact with others, are better at handling challenging situations and are generally happier.
Gratitude is a very personal thing, but there’s no reason that you can’t include it in video calls or meetings as a way to bring some positivity to your team. Try closing one of your meetings by telling the team something you are grateful for, and asking if anyone else would like to do the same.
Ask yourself: How can we regularly practice gratitude as a team?
Developing these ideas further
Compass Partnership has bitesize activities and workbooks on many of the areas we have touched upon here, including gratitude, value mapping and positive psychology. Get in touch if you would like to explore these areas for your team.