In the context of stress and crisis management, one repeatedly comes across the terms emotional intelligence and resilience.
‘Resilience is sometimes thought of as the soul’s immune system, and describes the ability to manage extreme situations,’ Dr Melanie Robertson, Psychologist at the Park Igls health retreat, explains. This ability to recover can be learned, but it doesn’t happen overnight: ‘It’s about breaking out of patterns, developing and utilising new strategies and identifying scope for potential. We need to learn to understand feelings, practise mindfulness towards ourselves, improve self-management, clarify personal goals and values, and learn social skills,’ adds Thomas Blasbichler (MA), who build with Robertson the team of psyochologists. ‘Another helpful approach is to try to identify scope for potential even in situations that have seemingly reached an impasse,’ Robertson says, adding: ‘What are my options? What do I need to accept as givens and in which areas can I have an influence?’ Moreover, we need to regularly take time out for our own needs and step off the hamster wheel to rest and refuel.