Resilience is often defined as a factor that can minimize stress. In the face of high-pressure and difficult situations, it is also characterized as the ability to respond positively, recover from these challenges, and potentially gain strength from them. 

Despite becoming a buzzword across different sectors, the word “resilience” remains a somewhat vague and ill-defined concept within nursing.

Compared to the term “mental toughness,” which implies a degree of single-mindedness and dogged determination, the concept of “resilience” revolves around making it possible to adapt as pressures occur. There is a certain degree of emotional sensitivity in resilience that makes it possible to notice the consequences of challenging situations before they become critical, have an impact on their functioning, and potentially lead to burnout.

Resilience is critical for healthcare professionals and nurses who are prone to stress, anxiety, and burnout than other professions. Nurses need to be emotionally intelligent and resilient people who can take care of their health and wellbeing, as well as know when and how to access support.

Here are some tips to boost one’s resilience:

  1. Develop your self-esteem by reminding yourself of your strengths and attributes. Try to substitute negative thoughts with optimistic thoughts about a situation.
  2. Create optimistic thinking and hope. The ‘can-do’ mentality allows you to see the issues clearly and to behave properly.
  3. Maintain a supportive social network of nurse colleagues. Speak to them about issues and make use of your combined knowledge.
  4. In the face of transition, strive to be as versatile as possible. Sudden changes, in particular, can seem rather disruptive. Work to see positive progress whenever possible. 
  5. Create optimistic thinking and hope. The ‘can-do’ mentality allows you to see the issues clearly and to behave properly.
  6. Pay attention to your needs. Nursing is a stressful career, and it is important that you take care of yourself and your patients.
  7. Set fair deadlines for coping with issues. Break the dilemma, solve it in small manageable steps. Experiment and use a variety of problem-solving techniques. 
  8. Take steps to fix issues as soon as they occur. The problem is obviously not going to go anywhere, and the longer you leave it, the more depressed you will feel.
  9. Note that many of the challenges that nurses face in their everyday work are the result of organizational shortcomings or deficiencies. Try not to feel guilty for circumstances outside your control.

For nurses, if your resilience is deteriorating or you’re feeling overwhelmed because of work-related stress? Remember these simple tips to boost or build self resilience.

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