Firstly, limit the negativity, all the stuff that is stimulating nervousness. Make a bold start by cutting some of the influences which may raise our levels of anxiety. Stop checking social media news feeds so regularly. Maybe only watch the news once a day rather than listening to it every hour. Let’s start to limit that stuff which causes us to be anxious or react.
Secondly, replace it with something else and instil some very simple, positive habits. One of the things we recommend when we establish a resilience program is to encourage team members to write down every single day, ideally first thing in the morning, three things they’re grateful for today. It might feel a bit trite to start with. But, after two or three days of writing, you suddenly find that your thinking is already in a better place. Do it on paper. Even though we’re into electronic everything, I still have a diary. I don’t use it for appointments, but every day I actually write down the three things I’m grateful for.
Thirdly, maintain a positive internal dialogue. We’ve already established that what we think about drives the way we feel. So how can we put our internal dialogue in a better place?
This is something we establish in all teams. We encourage people to take a complete break or ‘Pit-stop’. It doesn’t need to be a long pit-stop. Afterall pit-stops aren’t supposed to be lengthy. It’s a complete break to encourage a re-set. For me, it’s going for a walk. It’s going for a run. It’s being outdoors. It might be something I like to eat. It might be something I like to listen to like a piece of music. I need to do things that put me in a great place.
Schedule your Pit-stops. When you have a challenging day facing you, make the decision to take a ten o’clock pit stop. For example, at ten o’clock I’m going to ring a friend, or at ten o’clock I’m going to listen to a piece of music. Plan your Pit-stop activity.
Establish little tools to start to think your day better Resilience comes from getting yourself into new habits. Each Pit-stop helps us improve our internal dialogue, makes us more resilient and results in greater productivity. It is a win-win. Try it.