Resilience at Work: Stress and Resilience


Firstly let me define stress Stress – the moment you perceive you can’t
manage the pressure whatever that pressure is, be it work,
too much work relationship difficulties, your body goes
through the stress response so your body goes through fight, flight or
freeze and what’s very interesting is what happens to
the brain for example the moment your body goes
into a stress response sixty percent of the frontal part of
your brain starts to shut down and we need the
frontal part of the brain for decision-making and being analytical think about the frontal part of your brain as the
chief exec centre of the brain, the chief exec centre
makes the decisions thinks about the decisions and think through the decisions, now if
you only have 40 percent availability it’s going to reduce your decision-making so without a shadow of a doubt the
moment you become stressed is the moment your decision making
abilities go out the window by about 60 percent so you are going to be making decisions which are irrational. Interestingly the part of the brain that’s responsible
for emotions the amygdala it stays on it doesn’t shut down, so you have
a hundred percent availability of the emotional centre
on and only forty percent of the analytical
so is it a surprise you get annoyed more easily? is it a surprise you may become more emotional? Because in
essence the left side the front part of the brain left left side more or less tells the
right side Stop it! but you don’t have that availability so
it reduces your resilience when your resilience decreases you’re
stress increases when your stress increases
your resilience decreases. So within that circle there has to be a point where you stop
that so what can you do to help switch that part of the brain that starts to shut
down the front of it back on? one of the best things you can
do is to step back come away from the situation and start
to breath take what I call a three-minute
breathing space, so step back move away, breathe in through your nose
and then out through your mouth, it’s literally like this….
the moment you do that you start to change the stress response
you start to switch on that part of the brain suddenly starts
to go like this and it means then you’re starting to
manage your stress increasing your resilience. It only takes
around three minutes but you need to take responsibility for
doing that, most people who are in a stress response don’t want to do anything about it, their
body is wanting them to stay there so you have to make a decision, a choice to
do that small things done consistently make a
difference. This is the one thing if you do it time and time again starts to
rewire your brain and increase your resilience

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