If the two-year (and counting) pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that there is no more valuable trait than resilience. And while this dynamic applies to the business world, which took a massive hit from COVID-19 only to see many commercial enterprises emerge triumphantly, it also applies to society as a whole. It’s a fact – being resilient will help us manage stressful situations, protect us from mental ill-health and improve our health and wellbeing. Resilience strongly supports us in our personal lives, and affects our work, ensuring that we can continue to do our jobs well and deliver high-quality care and support. And no one requires personal resilience more than managers, who need to bounce back from adversity, keep their focus and thrive when things get tough.
As one of the leading Canadian healthcare staffing agencies, Advanced Home Care Solutions is a champion of the wellness movement, and we’re going to take a look at how big a role resilience plays in supporting our personal health and wellbeing – especially if we’re filling a managerial role in our work life. When we consider that resilience is defined as the capacity to recover from difficult life events, and that adversity is a part of life, it’s worth building a deeper understanding of what it means to be a resilient human, and how we can personally develop resilience.
It’s important to note that resilience is not like a yo-yo, where you’re down one moment and up the next. It’s more like climbing a mountain without a map. It takes time, courage, strength and help from the people around us. Sometimes we don’t even have a sense of our resilience until we reach the top and have the opportunity to look back and see how far we’ve come.
Being resilient doesn’t mean that we don’t experience stress, loss, hardship, or suffering. It does, however, refer to the ways that we work through those challenges. Certainly, qualities like flexibility, adaptability and perseverance can help us tap into our resilience by changing certain thoughts and behaviours. And developing resilience is both complex and personal: it involves a combination of inner strengths and outer resources, although resilient people – and managers – do tend to display some common traits:
- They are generally able to deal with uncertainty
- They seek to engage with alternate perspectives
- They choose to react positively to adversity
So what are some of the ways that we can develop and nurture resilience?
- Practice self-care – this means the basics: regular medical checkups, exercise, mindfulness, maintaining a healthy diet, making time for personal priorities and relationships
- Watch for signs of stress – sleep problems, trouble concentrating, physical ailments, heart palpitations, lack of energy, irritability, social withdrawal, tearfulness, excessive drinking, eating or smoking, lower productivity
- Take extra care during stressful periods – maintaining that work/life balance is a challenge (particularly for people in management positions) and it’s important to recognize when your self-care routines are at risk
- See change as an opportunity to open up new, fulfilling pathways
- Make sure to schedule lunch breaks, and “detachment breaks”, during your day – losing track of time means losing track of your own wellbeing
- Spend quality time with people you care about – meeting your personal priorities reinforces your values
- Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need – if your workload feels unmanageable or too stressful, share your burden and delegate
- Foster a positive attitude – this can be contagious, and set you up as a role model for employees
At the end of the day, healthcare staffing agencies play a big part in promoting wellness and modelling resilience, and Advanced Home Care Solutions is committed to developing and fostering the traits that are necessary for providing the highest level of care.