In a very timely, webinar Michelle Dinneen from Ardin Career Development covered some of the key components of Resilience in a 20 minute webinar entitled “Adapting To Our New Normal: 5 Tips to Respond with Resilience”.

Over the course of 20 minutes, Michelle covered a range of areas from how to adjust your sails in uncharted waters, Thinking: the three C’s and three P’s, to establishing a set of  daily ‘do’s.

Michelle began the webinar by reflecting on the impact that Covid-19 has had on her own consultancy and workshops.  “If you asked me three weeks would I be willing or interested in doing a webinar on resilience I would have said no as I much rather the face to face personal touch you get in a physical setting” reflected Michelle as she articulated the need to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

“With the current crisis we are overwhelmed and uncertain and experiencing feelings we have never felt before.  However our super power is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned” she added.

Resilience is associated with many words but Michelle highlighted optimism quoting Dr Martin Seligman saying “Life inflicts the same setbacks and tragedies on the optimist as on the pessimist, but the optimist weathers them better” 

She also warned that Pessimism/Negativity is contagious  and to surround yourself with positive people.

Michelle used the analogy of a tree bending in the wind.  We need to be agile but to bend without breaking.   This involves new mental approaches warning that maintaining the same old thinking generally delivers the same results.

She captured the essence of this by asking the group to touch something with the majority using the same limb (hand), before asking them to repeat the exercise but this time sitting on their hands.   

Using The Three C’s  from Kobasa & Maddi Michelle shared how each can impact our thinking and mental state:

  • Challenge.  Resilient people view difficulties as a ‘challenge’ not as a paralysing event. Failures and mistakes are lessons not a negative reflection on their abilities or self worth.
  • Control. Resilient people focus on situations and events that they have control over. They spend less time worrying about what is out of their control.  Michelle advised the group to list and focus on the things they control.   
  • Commitment: Resilient people are committed to their lives & goals. They have a sense of purpose and a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. They persevere when the going gets tough.

Michelle also shared the insights into resilience using Dr Martin Seligman’s three P’s of Resilience.  She asked the group to think about how they respond to negative situations/failure  

  • Personalisation: Where do you place blame/fault?  
  • Pervasiveness: Will this affect all areas of your life? 
  • Permanence: Will these negative feelings last forever? 

Michelle finished the webinar by telling the group to instigate a regime of ‘daily dos’ covering physical health and metal health including:

Physical Health: Exercise, Food, Water, Sleep, Senses, Breathe 

Mental Health: Journaling, Connect, Visualisation, Cognitive restructuring, Gratitude.

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