I have always known that I was an emotionally strong girl, teenager and now woman, but I never really knew why and what factors contributed to this. I was raised in a single-parent household with three siblings by my beautiful late mother, Dorette, who unfortunately died during my final year of university during 2002. The circumstances were horrifying and traumatic, but I somehow managed to successfully navigate through this major loss and completed my degree in Psychology against the odds, graduating with a 2:1 classification.
I share this experience as I recognise that others may have given up, dropped out of university, been understandably depressed or even suicidal, as one of my siblings was. During the storm, I remained optimistic about my future and developed resilient thinking. I believe my Christian faith, optimism, strong social support,self-efficacy and network allowed me to stay afloat in the storm.This adverse experience, along with many others in life such as disappointments ,compromised physical health and brokenrelationships, During the storm, I remained optimistic about my future and developed resilient thinking. I believe my Christian faith, optimism, strong social support,self- efficacy and network allowed me to stay afloat in the storm.This adverse experience, along with many others in life such as disappointments ,compromised physical health and broken relationships, inspiredme to publish my first work book : Resilience in the Workplace : From surviving to thriving in the workplace , in business and as an entrepreneur which is available on amazon.
Emotional resilience is the aptitude to navigate successfully during challenging circumstances whilst learning and growing through these experiences.Emotional resilience consists of having the capacity to emotionally recover successfully from adversity including stressful situations and crises (Pecillo 2016). This is evident if
someone has become depressed following losing a loved one or has developed anxiety followed a setback. However, with time these mental health difficulties will subside and they will return to their premorbid functioning.
”Do not judge me by my successes: judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again” — Nelson Mandela
Resilience in the workplace and business
High levels of employee resilience is correlated with improved productivity and performance in the workplace through more effective decision-making and problem solving, which will contribute to success and enhanced profits. Organisations that facilitate employees and business owners in developing emotional resilience experience reduced employee stress levels and improved health and immune systems. This is important as we know that stress is pervasive and contributes to reduced productivity levels. Research suggests that 58% of entrepreneurs experience mental health issues due to the multiple competing demands that are placed on them. The conditions experienced included anxiety (21%), depression (19%) and stress (41%) (NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards: Mental Health in Entrepreneurship Survey 2018). Moreover, 50% of employees are experiencing poor mental health according to a recent report by MIND Mental Health Charity (2018). The UK economy also loses up to £99 billion per year due to the poor mental health of employees (Stevenson/Farmer Report 2017). The research and reality continually ignites my passion to see Individuals achieve their potential and bounce back following difficult circumstances.
Emotional resilience is a protective factor against the development of stress,anxiety and depression, while also contributing to reduced sickness days within employment due to employees being more adept in managing adversity. Resilient individuals have more effective coping strategies in dealing with life and challenging events such as a bereavement or loss of a relationship, job or role. Consequently, they are more likely to maintain performance during adversity. Emotional resilience contributes to healthy behaviours, higher qualifications and skills, better employment, better mental well being, and quicker recovery from illness, which can also provide organisations with a competitive edge. As you can see, it is necessary to address resilience, otherwise a lack of this can potentially have a detrimental effect on you and your organisation in the future.
If you wish to discover how to enhance your emotional resilience and succeed in business , the workplace and as an entrepreneur contact Martina and connect with her on social Media Martina Witter Accredited Cognitive behaviour Therapist, Resilience Trainer , Health and Well being Consultant.