If you have read any of my blogs you will know that the importance of resilience and finding ways to survive the challenges of modern life are things that are very important to me. As I have grown older they have become more and more important. 2016 is proving to be a tough year and one that is putting me to the test on a regular basis so now is the time I have to put into practice the tips and techniques that I have been learning.
Every day we are facing those bills that arrive unexpectedly, sudden events that rock our world and the daily pressure from uncertainty in the workplace. It is a heady mix and one that is going to challenge us.
I have agreed to take part in a CIPR North West event on 15 September talking about developing personal and professional resilience. Believe me this isn’t because I have all the answers, I definitely don’t. But I do want to help people start to have discussions about the pressures that communicators face and to start to feel able to look for help when they need it. In fact, they need to look for help before they need it.
Personal resilience has been one of the most important issues for communicators in a whole range of sectors. Of course, it is an issue for a wide range of industries not just communication. So what can we do about it?
For me the key is to know yourself so that you can see those signs of stress early and be able to stop the slide towards negativity and at its worse depression. After that is the need to have tools that can benefit your mental state. There are so many ways to approach this but finding one that works for you is the key. Two other important aspects are to confront the problems you have rather than try to ignore them – they won’t go away, and make sure you don’t try to deal with things alone as a strong support network around you is essential.
If you are interested in finding out more about the event and to get involved in the discussion you can find details here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/influence-for-impact-resilience-tickets-26303901678
What are your key tips in building personal and professional resilience?