Becoming Resilient During a Pandemic

Photo from the Center of the Developing Child, Harvard University

A resilient individual has the capacity to recover from difficult situations quickly. Regardless of the stress they endure, resilience provides them with the ability to overcome their struggles and continue to perform their daily duties. Although most individuals may feel like they possess some resilience, the ups and downs of 2020, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it may be tough for some to tap into their inner resiliency.

In order to help you cope, the Triangle South Workforce Development Board wanted to provide you with some resources that will boost your resilience. Whether you want to remain resilient in your current job, in your search for a new one, or need some additional tips to remain resilient in your personal life during this pandemic, we hope the information provided below will help. The excerpt from each article is listed below, click on the link to the full article for direct access to the complete text and resources.

Career Resilience: What it is and How to Get It

Resilience is a trait that will serve you well in every aspect of your life, including your career. With alarming unemployment rates and continued layoffs and furloughs as the pandemic continues to take its toll on the job market and the economy, millions of Americans are struggling with how to change careers or launch a search for a new job.

Thankfully, this is where career resilience comes in handy. Career resilience is the ability to adjust to career change, whatever the circumstances may be, and to navigate all the ups and downs and twists and turns on your career path. In today’s world, career resilience is no longer just a “nice to have,” it’s a core professional competency.

Not feeling very resilient lately? Don’t worry! Resilience can be learned and, much like a muscle, it’s a skill that’s honed and perfected when “exercised” during crises and tough times. That means that right now is the perfect time to work on your career resilience skills. Click here to read the full article and discover what FlexJobs thinks are the best ways to “exercise” career resilience.

Career Resilience, How Small Steps Can Lead to the Greatest Success

The job market is in turmoil, and unemployment is higher than it has been in years. While some may be furloughed, others are facing increased demands making them busier than ever. Still others report their job feels at risk, and some are re-building their careers in the wake of job shifts.

Now is the time to create career resilience, and the best way to do that may be unexpected: Do small things really well. Set aside your need to get noticed and your craving for the spectacular project. Surprisingly, it’s often the little efforts that make the biggest career impact. Read the full article for more information from Forbes on how to do the “small things well” when building career resilience.

Resilience During a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and many of us are sheltering in place, there is a tremendous strain placed on both us as individuals and our relationships with family, roommates, colleagues, and neighbors. These tensions can have long-lasting effects on our mental health. The good news is that resilience is possible, but it requires more than just a positive mindset.

Building on my research from around the world with populations that have experienced the stress of social isolation, poverty, stigma, and violence, I have found that when people create environments for themselves that help them adapt, they do far better than relying on individual change alone.

This crisis is an opportunity for us to have a forthright conversation about our need to make our families, communities, workplaces, and government more resilient. Thinking about the many different systems we need for mental and physical health, from a positive attitude to social networks and health care, opens up possibilities to make us much more capable of withstanding long periods of forced isolation, financial stress, and even grief. Click this link to read the full article from Psychology Today and learn twelve important ways to maintain your mental health during this time of isolation.

How to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During COVID-19

The worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a source of unexpected stress and adversity for many people. Resilience can help us get through and overcome hardship. But resilience is not something we’re born with—it’s built over time as the experiences we have interact with our unique, individual genetic makeup. That’s why we all respond to stress and adversity—such as the COVID-19 pandemic—differently.

So, what can we do to build up and strengthen resilience right now during the COVID-19 outbreak? And how can we build resilience to plan ahead for future times of crisis? The science of child development points to three ways we can affect experiences and the balance of the resilience scale (as shown in the picture above). Click here to learn more about how Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child recommends how to best balance the resilience scale.

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