Heed this timely advice for your clients and members (and yourself), from the Resilience Institute.
If you started the year off positive, energised and ready to kick goals, only to be dragging your feet to the end of the financial year, fear not.
The Resilience Institute Australia offer the following tips for getting back on track and avoiding mid-year burnout.
- Listen to your body
Neglecting exercise, relaxation and sleep leads to vulnerability. Founder and CEO of The Resilience Institute Australia, Stuart Taylor, learnt this the hard way when neglect of his health in pursuit of ‘success’ left him in a hospital bed with a brain tumour and 2.5 year prognosis. Falling ill every time he took a holiday or break, were some of the early warning signs his body gave, that he was on a downwards trajectory. Listening to your body and slowing down when you need to is essential to building resilience. If your body is screaming holiday – schedule one in!
- Lock in your daily non-negotiables
Building resilient habits can take time, but can gain huge wins for health and wellbeing, that ultimately impact all areas of your life. Challenge yourself to wake up at the same time each day, regardless of when you go to sleep, so that you get the best quality sleep in subsequent nights. Cultivate a regular meditation or mindfulness practice – even if it’s a few minutes – and notice how this impacts your approach to the day ahead. Try building exercise into your morning routine, rather than night, when your time is more likely to be taken up with other requests, priorities and excuses – five days per week is a must!
- Play to your strengths
Resilience is ultimately anchored by engaging in activities which you are both passionate about, and which play to your strengths. When you are in this state of ‘flow’ your strengths are equal to the challenge. Participate in activities each day that ignite your passions. Continue to challenge yourself to learn new things and expand strengths.
- Operate with care and compassion
Seek to understand the perspective of others and appreciate their position. Care and compassion are the best antidotes to anger and narcissism. A good way to explore these virtues is to get involved in your local community or engage in voluntary work that benefits others.
The Resilience Institute (Australia) are a leading body working with some of Australia’s biggest organisations and education institutions to teach individuals and leaders how to grow resilience and build sustainable high performance teams.