Welcome to a part 3 of a 6-part series on the domains of resilience in the Predictive 6 Factor Resilience Scale (PR6).
The PR6 is a proprietary scale that provides holistic measurement of resilience across six domains of resilience that has been developed by Pieter J. Rossouw and Jurie G. Rossouw using an established neurobiological model.
This week’s domain is Composure.
What is Composure?
Composure is about how effectively we can regulate our emotions during difficult or stressful situations. In this day and age, we need to have enough self-awareness to notice how we are responding, and to apply techniques to keep us in a constructive mindset.
Also, critical here is our view of stress and ability to manage both acute and everyday stress. Being able to maintain our composure during tough situations helps us to more effectively identify opportunities so that we can keep working towards goals and stay focused on what is important
How does a low score present?
If your Composure score is low, maintaining a constructive mindset can often be a challenge for you when you find yourself in difficult situations. During these times, your brain’s “fight or flight” response takes hold and adrenaline starts to drive your actions. You have likely noticed some physical effects when this happens such as increased breathing rate, a racing heart, pins and needles, chest pains, sweating, constriction of the voice, and so on. Your thoughts likely also jump to worst-case scenarios with little or no time given to more likely or positive scenarios. If you have had a chronically low score, you may even have been diagnosed as experiencing an anxiety disorder.
Experiencing these symptoms can make it difficult for you to manage stressful situations, and you might find you avoid being around when things get tough. A lot of demands at home or at work can affect you and will likely spill into other areas of your life. You might even notice these emotional reactions and sometimes wonder if things affect you more than they should.
The challenge is that this ‘flight/fight/freeze’ response is ruled by the more impulsive parts of your brain, and thus your reaction in the moment is not always conducive to what you want to achieve in the long term. The good news is that you can teach your brain to regulate these responses so that you can effectively manage emotional responses and stay calm and in control, regardless of what happens. The key for you is to maintain perspective on what is important during stressful situations and to start building constructive thinking patterns so you can activate ‘smarter’ areas of your brain to stay calm and in control
How would you currently rate your Composure domain?
- Does the atmosphere at work feel very stressful at times?
- What could help make your experience of the atmosphere more constructive?
- What could help you to stay motivated when facing negativity and stress?
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