Ever wondered why some people seem to just be able to get on with things despite the world crumbling all around them.
Resilience is part of our natural ability to deal with situations; effectively the more you face a trauma the less impact or power it is granted.
In fact, it is easily demonstrated with the government’s initial recommendations and described within this pandemic as herd immunity (of course there is more to it but bare with me).
Catch the virus build resilience and be immune, simple right? WRONG!
Independently, many of the traumas in life would not have an impact and for many of us cause little disruption, but for the most of us, and I’m included within this, we aren’t the perfect version of self, being depleted by many other factors of life; physical and mental restrictions, income dependency etc.
LESS IS MORE!
Building resilience is fundamentally key to us all, not just to fight off the current virus or those of the future, but to allow us to deal with other challenges irrelevant of what form they take.
I work a lot with professional athletes, many Olympians, and injury is part of the process, not a ‘what if’ situation but a when. It is enviable that due to the level of which they operate injury WILL happen – and when it does usually a catastrophic failure what can seem at the time ‘world ending’.
However in the majority of cases, they bounce back! How?
Almost all athletes operate at higher mental flexibility; they have no choice, meaning they are resilient to the point of personal failure. With years under their belt of constant physical and mental endurance, their historic failures dampen the shock, and despite a few days allowance of victimising themselves, on most occasions they are up and back on track (with limitations) within a week.
The learning here for those of us who aren’t athletes is the following:
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