Building Resilience for Work

From time to time, we encounter situations at work that make us uncomfortable. It leads us to lose our bearings on how to effectively handle the problem at hand. Typically, we freeze. We say something we wish we hadn’t or naturally, yet unknowingly, crunch up.

We tend to go through a post-mortem phase of irritation then we ask ourselves, why did that just happen? What should I have said? How could I have handled the situation differently? What we forget to ask ourselves is, “how do I reduce this discomfort from occurring again?”. It is once we start asking ourselves this, that we start to further develop our resiliency at work. It’s a continuous journey but I’ve provided what I believe are some helpful tips to decrease the feeling of discomfort in the future.

Leave your woes behind

Have you ever thought about your daily routine? Your “work hat” sometimes stays on at home but it’s important to practice hanging that hat by the rack when you come through the front door. It’s a simple metaphor but we can always do better in training ourselves to switch the on/off button. It helps us maintain a balance between our work and personal lives.

If we feel a bit tired or find it hard to switch off, research suggests detaching ourselves and engaging in activities that we enjoy or help us to relax creates a distraction to our work woes and re-energises us. Why not try running on a treadmill for 15 minutes or attending a yoga session after work? It helps!


Sometimes it’s difficult to control everything that happens to us at work. We cannot control how other people think or act. At the end of the day, we are all different and have different feelings. Our diverse thinking makes this world interesting. We can however, control our own feelings by accepting that difficult situations or people come in and out of our lives. Accepting that these situations are outside of our control will then change the way we react, grow our confidence and resilience in order to potentially manoeuvre these tricky situations into a desired or ideal outcome. How do we do this? Practicing mindfulness is just one of many ways – simply sit in a quiet room and calming your thoughts during a busy day can help you tackle what’s to come more effectively.


Recharging comes in many forms and depends on the individual. Over the past few years, many companies have introduced mindfulness sessions for their employees. When we practice the art of mindfulness, we help our minds come to terms with what we are sensing in the moment rather than re-living or overanalysing past situations.

The more we are built to become aware of situations, the more we accept what comes our way and deal with things in a calm and logical manner. This in turn will likely change how others react to us.

Studies show that recharging activities such as mindfulness, simple rest and exercising could help improve our health and well-being for our body and minds. We can always do a little better in forcing ourselves to sign up to that spin class at the gym or attending a session at the local meditation centre or even take a cheeky nap after work.

Try it!