Building resilience in a world of uncertainty

Rosanna Machado | March 12, 2020

The world of events is pretty tough at the moment – I’m not alone in being hit with event postponements due to the coronavirus. And as I was working out how to respond to it all, I’ve learnt a few things about myself and building my resilience:

  • I realised that I could not control the situation I was in and there was a need to accept it. We often waste a lot of energy on things where we have no control
  • What I could control was how I reacted to the situation and a big thing for me is ensuring that I interact with clients and suppliers in a way that is true to my values – acting professionally and with integrity, respect and empathy no matter how difficult the situation
  • I also found it useful to untangle and process the different emotions that I was feeling –whilst some of it was financial, actually a larger part was sadness about not being able to throw myself into the last few weeks of a creative production. I realised that I could use that creative energy elsewhere on other projects
  • My self-care routine is ingrained in my life and I know that’s it more important than ever at times like this when under stress – exercise, self-reflection whatever you need to be mentally and physically fit
  • A day after my event postponement I was volunteering, and it really put things in perspective for me – a daily practice of gratitude has been helpful in keeping me grounded
  • My business keeps evolving and events is now one part of what I do and this ability to constantly improvise and evolve is useful in the face of adversity. What else can I offer? How can I adapt what I do?

I know I can’t control what’s happening in the world, but I’d like to keep a positive mindset and believe that something good will come out of all the activity that I am now throwing myself into instead.