Building Your Resiliency: With Perspective and New Tools, Turn your Failure to your Benefit
Due to factors like the global volatile environment, financial concerns, social media pressure, and competitive academic settings, a growing number of millennialssuffer from anxiety. In her article: Building Your Resiliency: With Perspective and New Tools, Turn your Failure to your Benefit, Sherman emphasizes the importance of resiliency in building an effective career and demonstrates how to become resilient (2018). Resilience, according to Sand-berg, is the ability to move to option B after option A fails (2017). Sherman points out that “how we view adversity and stress strongly impacts our capacity to bounce back” (2018). Changing our perceptions on setbacks is essential in building resilience. When a crisis happens, instead of seeing ourselves as victims, Sherman advises that we should become positive and actively engage in activities towards restoration (2018). Resilient people view their failures as lessons and opportunities to grow.
There are various ways of building resiliency. First, developing an attitude of gratitude enhances coping and personal growth. Gratitude reminds an individual that he/she has the power to act and find solutions to the current pressing issues. This technique can be achieved by listing things that one is thankful for in life or the activities that that have turned positive on the present day. This, according to Sherman, is a positive way to end a day (2018). Secondly, focusing on personal strength and past success during challenges helps to restore self-confidence, hence, the will to find solutions to problems. When nurses experience hurdles, they easily lose touch of their previous achievements. Focusing on the past successes helps one to identify his/her strength, which he/she can then use in managing the current problem. Social support system including family and friends is pivotal in rebuilding self-confidence. One can easily get back on track with the moral help of trusted people. Other helpful techniques include meditation and improving personal wellness to reduce stress levels (Sherman, 2018). Meditation exercises like yoga shifts the mind away from the worries of the future and focuses it on the present moment, which reduce anxiety. Wellness can be attained by getting enough sleep – Sherman recommends seven hours, eating nutritious foods, participating in fun and interesting activities, and engaging in physical exercise. Restoring resiliency takes time and commitment. Setbacks are meant to pose challenges, not to paralyze a person.
Impact of the Article
Nursing is quite challenging. Nurses encounter stressful issues in the workplace including working long shifts, interacting with chronically ill patients, and dealing with loss of patients. Therefore, nurses develop physical and emotional exhaustion, job dissatisfaction, and job-related cynicism. Sherman’s article is a powerful tool that will enable me to thrive in this challenging environment. Whenever faced by challenges like losing a patient, instead of ruminating over the close relationship I had established with the patient, I will be grateful for the other patients who are still alive. I will use the opportunity to improve how I care for other patients for better outcomes. I have learned the importance of personal wellness and meditation. I will be keen to get enough sleep, exercise, and eat a balanced diet to ensure personal wellness. This will not only benefit me but the patients I will be caring for too. Personal wellness will also help e to establish meaningful relationships with my co-workers, which is essential in attaining positive outcomes at work.
Sand-berg, S. (2017). Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Ebury Publishing. Retrieved from https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=t3giMQAACAAJ&dq=Facing+Adversity,+Building+Resilience,+and+Finding+Joy&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiRv4zslePeAhVFSX0KHZlNClYQ6AEIKDAA
Sherman, O. (2018, Sep). Building your resiliency: With perspective and a few tools, turn failure to your benefit. American Nurse Today, 13(9), 26. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/building-your-resiliency/