Umbrella – November 2015
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“Resilience is built through the everyday, every minute habits and exercises that punctuate our daily lives”

– Linda Grafton, Professor, London Business School
Given much of our daily lives is spent at work, how do organisations best provide targeted training, appropriate nudges and clear direction to strengthen resilience in teams? Importantly, how can leaders ensure that resilience habits and skills are integrated into business-as-usual activities?

In our experience, the most important first step before any resilience intervention initiative, and one that is often skipped, is to assess the robustness of the resilience skills of each individual team member:

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Running out of steam before end of year?

November is often the time of year when we start running out of energy and the summer holidays feel a long way off. This year we are noticing particularly high levels of fatigue.
What are some actions you can take to keep your energy levels up?
  • Ruthlessly review your “to do” lists—and we do mean ruthlessly!  What absolutely must be done, and what can be re-prioritised?
  • If you are managing other people, make time to help your team(s) review priorities and time lines.
  • Review your social and personal “to do” lists also—does everything need to be done before the end of the year? What could you drop or delay?
  • Prioritise sleep, exercise and eating well.  It’s boring advice but keeping our physical health batteries charged up does help!
  • Plan some activities that recharge your mental and emotional batteries also, whatever it is that works for you. 
  • Deliberately move more slowly—notice the urge to rush and resist it.  Give yourself permission to pause.
  • Again, if you are managing others, talk with them about planning and taking recovery breaks—and take them yourself so you model good recovery.
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More compelling reasons to exercise—especially if we are middle aged!

There is overwhelming evidence from numerous scientific studies that exercise is critical for both our physical and mental health. In a new study, researchers from the University of Mississipi and the University of California found that middle age may be a particularly important time of life to make exercise part of our daily routine. This study demonstrated that even small amounts of physical activity may slow the ageing process within our cells by protecting the length of our telomeres.

Telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that affect how quickly cells age. They are combinations of DNA and protein that help cells remain stable by protecting the ends of chromosomes. As telomeres become shorter, their structural integrity weakens, which causes cells to age and die younger.

In the study, people between the ages of 40 and 65 who performed any type of exercise were less likely to show the shortening or fraying of their telomeres.  There was also some evidence that variety in exercise was important, as well as frequency. 

See the original study here
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