How Can Workers Build Up And Tap Into Their Mental Resilience - London Registra
Posted by Liz Seyi on December 16th, 2021
With the first five days of November marking International Stress Awareness Week, now is as good a time as any to ask ourselves how well we are managing our mental health in the workplace.
Psychological wellbeing has always been crucial for helping workers to get the best out of their careers – but also remains a subject of great concern to many of us. This much is borne out by Mental Health Foundation research that has found a quarter of workers are affected at mental health issues at some point.
However, despite mental wellbeing having become an increasingly common buzzword – in and away from the workplace – significant numbers of us are still unaware of exactly what mental resilience is, and how we can harness it.
Explaining what mental resilience is – and what it isn’t
As workplace health expert Dr Wolfgang Seidl was recently quoted as saying in the Evening Standard: “Resilience is the ability to adapt and bounce back from difficult events, challenges, disappointments or adversity. It’s not about being strong or having a ‘stiff upper lip’.
“Your resilience level isn’t set in stone. It’s dynamic, and you can increase it.”
Employers have an important role to play in encouraging resilience among their staff
While, in the words of freelance Happiness Officer Danielle Woods, “the emotions we feel are ultimately a choice,” she added that the task of building resilience was not solely down to the individual, with employers also needing to take responsibility for the environment they create.
It is crucial, then, that organisations do not simply blame struggling employees for not doing enough to make themselves resilient, if there are aspects of the workplace that could be adjusted to help build resilience.
Research has indicated that less than half of employees would feel able to communicate to their line manager about suffering from stress – which underlines that there is still a very real sense of victim-blaming in some organisations.
So, how can you help boost resilience – in yourself and your employees?
Dr Seidl encourages a focus on the four Cs:
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