How do we build resilience? It first starts by taking care of ourselves.
Self- care is a requirement for resilience. Where do we start? Anne Grady shares with us 3 things you can do to build resilience by practicing self-care:
To recap Anne’s tips:
1. Strategic Stopping
Your inbox is not your to-do list, and other people’s fires and emergencies don’t have to be yours. Set reminders on your phone to strategically stop throughout the course of your day to regroup. Ask yourself, “Am I running my day, or is my day running me?”
2. Set boundaries
You train people how to treat you. If, when you receive an email, you stop everything and respond immediately, you train people to expect an immediate response. If, however, you have a signature line that says, “I respond to emails at 10am and 2pm”, people begin to change their expectations.
3. Self-care is a skill
Playing piano, learning a language, and writing code are all skills. You have to practice them to get better. View self-care the same way. Rather than a grand gesture, practice self-care as you go through your day. It’s okay to sit quietly for 30 minutes to stop and think, doodle or daydream. Taking a short break every 90-minutes gives your brain time to consolidate memories, process information, and gain clarity.
About Anne: Resilience expert, best-selling Author, Entrepreneur, and two-time TEDx speaker Anne Grady has spent the last two decades working with Fortune 500 companies, associations, non-profits, government agencies, and school districts, to teach resilience as a skill that can be learned, practiced, and honed.
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