As an entrepreneur, stress is inevitable. You can't control market conditions or predict when your most talented employee will leave for a new job at double the salary. Add compounding life and financial stress, and these situations can be paralyzing. What's the best way to thrive amid all this uncertainty?

It starts with becoming more adaptable. Adaptability is rooted in physical and psychological resilience, which is a capability that anyone can develop. Here are three tips for developing adaptability so that you can be at your best in both your personal and professional lives.

Start With Your Mind

First, start with your mind. With the right mindset and mental skills, it is possible to push through difficult circumstances. 

Resiliency is the ability to adapt well to adversity. A considerable element of resiliency is having what many call psychological flexibility. That flexibility allows you to shift your perspective, change your actions, and think creatively during times of stress or adversity.

To develop your psychological flexibility, call out your feelings. Consciously name what you are feeling. Give it a label, such as fear, anger, or sadness.

Know that stress is inevitable in life. Rather than focus on trying to avoid it, confront the source of the stress and focus on what you can control.

And finally, take control of your attention. Research demonstrates that mindfulness meditation improves attentional control and sustain focus, resulting in increased performance and changes in neural activity, as well as the underlying neurological architecture in the brain. 

By developing psychological flexibility and attentional control, you will no longer be subject to a wandering mind ruminating on a stressful situation. Instead, you'll be able to skillfully work with your thoughts and move forward in the face of adversity.

Maintain Physical Health

Stress is a global experience, and according to the National Institutes of Health, a physically fit and healthy body will improve your resilience by blunting stress reactivity, developing physical and psychological resilience, and protecting you from illness.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, with 300 minutes being ideal. The key is to choose an activity you enjoy so you'll be more likely to follow through. 

Sleep is just as important. Not only does sleep increases energy and reduces stress, but it also helps regulate hormones, regenerates tissues, detoxifies the brain, and plays a critical role in learning and memory consolidation. Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. 

Consistent restful and fulfilling sleep, balanced with exercise, creates the biological conditions for adaptability. By routinely engaging in these practices, you'll create a firm foundation that will enable you to weather the storms of life and thrive in uncertainty.

Following a nutritious diet rounds out the whole physical picture. Consuming an anti-inflammatory diet composed of unprocessed foods rich in multi-colored vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils will reduce the impact of stress and enable the effective repair of damaged tissues. In addition, a study published in the National Library of Medicine Center for Biotechnology Information says adopting an anti-inflammatory diet is proving to be an effective means of lowering depression risk and symptoms.

Get Social

Maintain social connectivity to push through difficult circumstances. Right now, that may mean wearing a mask or visiting friends outdoors. Strong social relationships are not only enjoyable, but they are also linked to a lower risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and a lower risk of anxiety and depression.

As a recent study published in the British Psychological Society points out, greater social connectedness during lockdown periods was associated with less worry and fatigue, as well as lower levels of perceived stress. Staying connected in times of stress creates a buffer against poor mental and physical health outcomes, enabling you to adapt to new and changing circumstances.

The future is uncertain. By using your mind to adapt to new circumstances, paying attention to your physical health, and maintaining social connections, you can weather this storm and whatever comes your way next.