What kind of relationship does burnout have with resilience? In many aspects of my professional life, burnout comes up as a subject. And closely linked to that is resilience.
In this episode, I talk about what resilience is and how we can be more resilient.
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Topics Discussed in this Episode:
- The definitions of resilience
- What causes a lack of resilience
- The 9 causes of depression and anxiety
- The importance of sleep
- The sleep staircase
- How to develop better resilience
- What makes a resilient human being
- Two official definitions of resilience:
* It is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or toughness.
* It is the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape or elasticity.
- For Leanne, resilience is the ability to recover from stresses and challenges, both anticipated and unanticipated. It’s your fitness for the rigors of daily life.
- What causes a lack of resilience and depression and anxiety in society now is that we’ve become incredibly disconnected from important things.
- The 9 causes of depression and anxiety:
- Disconnection from meaningful work
- Disconnection from other people
- Disconnection from meaningful values
- Disconnection from childhood trauma
- Disconnection from status and respect
- Disconnection from the natural world
- Disconnection from a hopeful or secure future
- Changes in the genes
- Changes in the brain
- When you have a good foundation of sleep behind you, it’s easier to go out and do the things that you want to do or need to do to stay resilient.
- It’s a fact that 99.99% of people need between 7 and 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Having a good social network, from a mental health perspective, is going to be critical for your resilience.
- If you have good levels of energy and you’re clear on how you can pace or ration that energy out, that’s going to be key for resilience.
- Make sure you get enough sleep and have good quality sleep.
- Look after your mental health.
- Practice meditation.
- Incorporate lots of low-level movement throughout the day.
- Eat a diet that is personalised to you so you’re not getting causes of inflammation through poor food choices.
- Make sure you’ve got really strong social connections.
- Maintain good energy levels
- Gets lots of access to natural light.
- Make sure you’re not sitting for prolonged periods and that you’re out and about more often.
- Make sure that you’re regularly moving your body in the way it’s designed to.
- Practice heartfulness.
- Get into your discomfort zone.
“I think resilience could also be defined as personal sustainability. To what degree have you got the tools that enable you to cope with the pressures of daily life, the rigors of daily life?”
“When you get yourself into your discomfort zone, remarkable things happen. You demonstrate to yourself what you can achieve, you push past all your barriers, you defy what other people think you can achieve as well. And you develop enormous amounts of energy and strength from that.”
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Links to things mentioned in the show:
- Rise & Shine by Leanne Spencer
- Lost Connections by Johann Hari
- Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
- Blue light blocking glasses by TrueDark – Use the code bodyshot to get 10% off.
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