Resilience: A psychological approach to dealing with challenging times

As a coaching psychologist, resilience is probably one of the most important areas that I can support my coaching clients to develop. When resilience is low, this can negatively affect performance and increase problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. If we are not able to adjust to change, we will only get stuck in wishing for our previous way of life, instead of being able to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and look forward to new opportunities.

In this article, I would like to share some of my knowledge of the cognitive-behavioural coaching perspective on resilience.

Do you expect too much of yourself and others?

Perfectionists often have unrealistic expectations and rigid beliefs. In an earlier blog post, I reflected on some of the perils of perfectionism. In this post, I am going to focus on one of these in more detail: inflexible or overgeneralised high standards.  For example, you may find yourself starting a lot of sentences with: ‘should’/’must’/’got to’/’have …

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