Most of us know the value of taking care of our financial, physical and mental health but, unfortunately, we also know this is easier said than done. Eat healthy food, minimize substances like tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and sugar, exercise every day, focus on gratitude, resolve problems, take time for silence, give and receive social support, have 6 months salary in the bank just in case, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah. Yeah, we know. But we are too busy for all this stuff. At least until ill health or a personal crisis stops us in our tracks. Then, without the reserves that come from good financial, physical and mental health, we can collapse like a house of cards.

Many of us have witnessed the high achiever – that person who has limitless energy, is successful in business, never lets anyone down, always engaged and engaging – who suddenly becomes demotivated, without energy, on the verge of losing their job or struck down by illness. What if this scenario could be prevented? What if you could invest just a couple of hours now to reduce the likelihood it ever happened to you? Would you do it? Well, we have a plan. A Plan for Resilience. And we hope you will give it just a little of your time now so that a crisis later doesn’t take up months or years of your time later.

When we experience a personal crisis like a health problem, loss or unexpected work disaster, having resilience means the ability to respond to and survive such an event. One way to build resilience is to anticipate potential work and life stressors and create a plan in advance. This not only reduces the chances that you will be blindsided by a life crisis, but allows you an opportunity, when you are not in a state of ill health or distress, to consider how you might respond, who you could reach out to for help, and how you will recover.

Identifying your usual responses to stressors and how they may impact your work or health is a first step to creating resiliency. For example, you may know that you become anxious or frustrated when regularly scheduled events are changed. Once you can link the stress back to the source (in this example, a change in plans), you can also manage it more effectively rather than allow it to become part of your everyday life and accumulate to a breaking point.

Identifying strategies to help mitigate the impact of potential stressors in advance means that, should they occur, you are more likely able to act promptly and effectively to resolve it. Knowing who can help you and where to go for resources is also part of your resiliency plan. Whether they are individuals who can lend a hand or resources available in your organization or community, having identified what can be helpful makes access in a time of crisis much easier.

Please consider developing your own Plan for Resilience today. The forms are available at no cost.