5 top tips for increasing your emotional resilience

Emotional resilience is a becoming a buzz word as we move away from the "work harder, hustle more" culture and look at working in a more balanced way.

Ruth Kudzi, coach, mentor and author at Ruth Kudzi coaching shares her top tips:

1) Learn to prioritise your needs, take time out every day to do something for you. This can be anything from a bath, a walk outside, a cup of tea with a book. Moments of calm when you can recharge without screens and be on your own allow you to recharge. 

2) Identify your trigger points, start to keep a journal and identify when you are experiencing the symptoms of stress. Consider what you will do when you identify these triggers and come up with a plan of action to reduce their impact e.g. when you are tired refrain from making big decisions. 

3) When you are feeling the pressure countdown from 10-0 in your head before you make a decision, refrain from sending any emotionally charged emails or having conversations at the end of the day if you are feeling under pressure. Sleep on your thoughts and reply when you are feeling less emotional and more rational. 

4) Your physical wellbeing impacts your emotional resilience and wellbeing, focus on sleep, exercise and nutrition to make sure that you are able to physically deal with any stressful situations. 

5) When you are feeling under pressure write down what is going on or talk through it with a friend, coach or mentor. When you are able to take the thoughts out of your head you can get more clarity and can start to think about the actions you will take to build your resilience. 

Like anything your resilience is like a muscle, building your self awareness about how you feel and how you are reacting to situations will enable you to make better decisions and prioritise yourself first. 

Ruth Kudzi is a business coach, mentor and author with a background in psychology and a keen interest in resilience.