by Emma Sue Prince
We live and work in a world where uncertainty and change have become the norm. Even though we have all the information we could possibly want or need at our fingertips, our inability to manage its constant flow into our Smartphones and brains renders it useless. It seems as if we are constantly distracted, overwhelmed and unhappy.
But there are skills that we each have that really can help us to be happy right now. These skills need to become an essential part of our toolkit so that we are well equipped to prosper in our brave new world. We just need to tap into them and strengthen them. All 7 matter and all 7 overlap. In this exclusive series for Family Friendly Working, each week I’ll be looking at a different skill that you can immediately tap into and embrace. I promise you they make a huge difference to you personally, to how you work and to your family.
With resilience you really can handle anything. Resilience isn’t really about being super strong and far more about great self-care and the ability to allow yourself to fail more and take more risks! That may sound counter-intuitive but in the midst of uncertainty and change we need to embrace innovation and become solution-seekers and that only happens through being willing to make mistakes and learn from them. See them as opportunities to grow and be strong and encourage this in your children too.
Being resilient is also about looking after yourself – getting enough sleep, the right food, making time for things you enjoy as well as making sure you are surrounded by a strong support network. Who do you have around you – we all need good friends, strong family ties and mentors and colleagues who celebrate our successes and are there to bounce off ideas and give us honest feedback.
We also need healthy work-life balance and to allow time for family fun, personal interests and hobbies, movement and exercise, long walks in the countryside. Mindfulness also plays a huge role when it comes to building our resilience muscles. Why? Because individuals with higher mindfulness have greater resilience thereby increasing their life satisfaction. When you are mindful you are far better able to cope with any difficult thoughts or emotions and not as likely to get overwhelmed or to shut down emotionally. So we resist getting drawn into wallowing in a setback or obsessing too much about problems. Mindfulness is something you can do anytime and anywhere – it’s just about being present and allowing your mind to calm and be with what is around you. A great practice to do with kids too!
Emma Sue Prince is author of “7 Skills for the Future”, published by Pearson Business, available now in all major bookstores and from Amazon. Her podcast 7 Skills for the Future is on ITunes and all podcasting platforms. Emma Sue Prince is a specialist in experiential learning and believes strongly that this methodology is key to developing life skills and soft skills as it is the only way to develop self-awareness, upon which all behavioural change is based. She delivers powerful workshops in this regard and does so with many different target groups including “closed” groups such as Muslim communities in Bangladesh and North Africa and diverse groups in the UK including lawyers, doctors and software engineers.
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