Why Job Uncertainty Freaks You Out: 6 Steps To Boost Your Resilience

How to build resilience in your everyday life

Being resilient at work is about more than just being able to bounce back from a stressful week.

Resilient people are flexible, optimistic, proactive in asking for help and they learn from experience – all great attributes employers look out for.

Factors including personality types and genetics will make building resilience harder for some, which is totally fine and out of your control.

But according to Marcia Harkins, Beyond Blue’s acting general manager of workplace, partnerships, and engagement, there are some easy steps you can take to build resilience at work and at home that can protect and enhance mental health…


Why Job Uncertainty Freaks You Out: 6 Steps To Boost Your Resilience

Image credit: The stress of job uncertainty can freak you out, but there are steps you can take. Getty images

If you’re like most people, life’s inevitable uncertainties can cause you tremendous anxiety. Will I get hired for the position? Will I be accepted in graduate school? Will I win the award? What are the results of my MRI? Even wondering where the winding road goes, what lies in the dark shadows at the end of the moss-covered stone steps, who’s behind the mask, or what lurks underneath the clown makeup stirs fear.

Why? Because uncertainty equals danger. If your brain doesn’t know what’s around the corner, it can’t keep you out of harm’s way. When certainty is questioned, your lizard brain goes haywire, instantly kicking you in the pants in an attempt to spur you to action and get you to safety. Your serenity is seriously screwed—but hey, at least you’re safe, right…

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