Build Your Resilience with 5 Key Strategies
By Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent Inc.
I didn’t see it coming — ignored the danger signs. I thought I could handle having it all. Our children were young. I was serving as the Public Relations Director for Canada’s largest retailer. My husband was equally driven and ambitious. A new lab puppy named Montana completed the picture. From the outside – we looked like a power couple able to keep it together. What you didn’t see was my complete lack of sleep, emotional turmoil and a general all-over physical ache that just wouldn’t go away.
Then I lost my dream job in a corporate restructuring. My role was eliminated. ‘Constructively dismissed’ is putting it nicely. Job loss hurts. With my system already in over drive – my ability to ‘bounce back’ was hugely depleted. The experience sparked a downward spiral that left me breathless. At 33, I was diagnosed with burn-out. Personal resilience was not part of my vocabulary then. It is today, almost 20 years later, thanks to the wisdom of experience.