Promoting Self-Care and Resiliency



Why is Self-Care and Resiliency Important?

Resilience is the subject of many books, much research, and has lately become a topic of particular interest in the workplace.  Between an unstable economy, budget cuts, mergers and reorganizations, one thing you can say about today’s workplace is that it is constantly changing.  In many cases, people are being asked to do higher quality work, with fewer resources, in less time, with less money.


Seems impossible, right?  A key factor in keeping up with changes like these (and remaining healthy and optimistic in the process) is resiliency.  Simply, resilience is the process of adapting to difficult or challenging life circumstances.  According to Siebert, author of The Resiliency Advantage, we all have the ability to develop skills and outlooks that help us overcome adversity and move on.


Positive thinking is a key component of resiliency.  Positive people bounce back from adversity faster.  Studies at the Mayo Clinic have shown that positive thinking has many benefits, including: better psychological and physical well-being, reduced risk of heart attack, reduced risk of depression, lower levels of anxiety, and better coping skills.  In addition, people who are positive tend to have healthier routines and more satisfying relationships. Positive thinking fuels resilience. Resilience is essential to adapting to the continual changes we face at work and at home. The American Psychological Association highlights that organizations and companies that meet the criteria of a “...psychologically healthy workplace benefit from improved work quality and productivity,  lower absenteeism, presenteeism, less turnover, and better customer service ratings. In fact, the four employers who received the award this year, had an average turnover rate of 6% in 2012, compared to the national average of 38% as estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor.”



Here are 3 actions that you can do starting today to practice self-care and resiliency:

1. If you are feeling challenged with circumstances and stress in the workplace, reflect on one thing that is actually within a) your control and b) your influence. Write this down. 

2. Check in with another colleague about their stress level and offer any help that you may be able to provide. Share the item that you have control over from question #1. Make a commitment to check in with each other weekly. 

3. Take a 5-10 minute walk around campus where you take deep breaths and focus on the environment around you. 

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