Current State of Affairs (why is this happening and what problems is it causing)
Life can put us in many difficult situations, it could be adversity, tragedy, threats, trauma or high levels of stress. When we are unable to adapt to these changing circumstances of life and cope with stresses it can offer, we can find ourselves struggling to keep up whilst being physically and emotionally exhausted. Resilience is not only about coping with difficult situations but also bouncing back to a stable mental state when they are over. If we do not have the tools to keep up with the ebs and flows of life, and find our energy and emotional capacity is lagging behind each event or barely just making it, over a period of time this can lead to severe exhaustion or burnout.
In situations when we are under high levels of stress, we activate our ‘fight or flight’ reflex. This is an evolutionary tool to prepare us to adapt to difficult situations. It has a plethora of physical reactions in the body, such as the release of stress hormones, muscle tension and high heart rate and blood pressure. This series of reactions help us to fight or indeed take flight from threats.
The trouble today is that many of us do not just activate this fight or flight’ reflex in the threatening situations it was supposed to be used in but we live consistently in this heightened or aroused state. This does not give us the time we need to recover and does not let us return or bounce back to a steady state of mind and body. In this state, we start to exhaust our resources next time we will be faced with a threat or difficult situation, we will not be able to give it our all . Over a period of time, this can have severe effects on our physical and emotional wellbeing as well as our personal and professional relationships.
The ideal scenario (if this weren’t and issue what would the person or situation look like)
A person who is resilient is able to cope under pressure and bounce back from it. They look at difficult situations and are equipped with the tools they need to bounce back from them. In this way they do not find such situations overwhelming, they grow through the resistance and become resilient. This makes them optimum performers and allows them to act consistently through life. This is fertile platform for growth and personal development.
When a situation is particularly demanding, resilient people are able to prioritise the needs, assess what they have energy for and say no to things which don’t align with their objectives. This gives them the space they need to focus on the things which are meaningful to them. As Nietzsche says “when a person has a why, they can cope with any how”. At Boost we understand what underpins resilience and how anyone is capable of becoming more resilient with the right tools and training, whatever may come their way.
When put under difficult circumstances, they are able to identify the opportunities in the situation without feeling overwhelmed or threatened. They are able to maintain a steady mental state to overcome the challenges that lay ahead of them. And they recognise how and when to take step back or recover when they need to. Resilience is Key factor contributing to a healthy mental, physical and emotional state, it allows us to find a healthy balance and achieve optimum performance at a consistent rate in our personal lives, in sports and at work. Overall, this means more energy for the activities and people we love, a happier way to live life and inevitably, success with whatever we choose to focus on.
Boost solves this by (don’t give away the secret sauce…just talk about benefits of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, communication, time management, cognitive fitness
1 – training you to see the opportunities in situations
2 – techniques to deal with stress
3 – tools to recover and bounce back to optimal performance
4- showing you how to prioritise and say no to hints which don’t contribute to your meaning.