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Resilience

"Resilience is not just your ability to bounce back, but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing. Resilience isn't a personality trait – it's something that we can all take steps to achieve” 

Mind.org.uk

This is highly relevant at present; the resilience of organisations, teams and individuals is being tested to an extreme not known before. Anxiety levels are higher than usual for everyone currently.

Rapid changes in working practices, our home life and social life are happening, and the future is not clear. Being resilient can help protect from mental ill health and manage stressful situations. This will in turn help you to be more effective in your working life.

Live Life to the Full 

Life can get on top of us all at times due to work related issues, family worries, sleep difficulties or physical health problems. Follow the link above to find out how you can start living life to the full.

A resilient person has:

  • a sense of purpose and direction
  • takes a positive outlook on things
  • is self-aware
  • has confidence in their own abilities
  • can recognise when pressure is causing a problem
  • makes connections to other people
  • has strategies to cope with in-the-moment pressure
  • grows and develops
  • and has strategies to cope with long term pressure.

Factors that contribute to becoming resilient include being physically fit, taking rest breaks, eating and sleeping well. Support from colleagues is vital, communicating well and being mindful of the anxiety of others is key. When a colleague is irritable do not take it personally! Being realistically optimistic is helpful, CBT and mindfulness interventions have been shown to be effective in enhancing resilience."

 

Resources:

  • Live Life To The Full : Free online courses covering low mood, stress and resilience. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives. Written by an expert doctor in the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, the course communicates an effective life skills program that is widely used across the UK, in the EU and in North America.
  • BMJ Learning Module : 'Understanding Resilience in the Workplace'. This is forms part of their Wellbeing Course and has been reviewed positively by colleagues in recent weeks. 
  • RCGP: Resilience Podcast with David Peters
  • Dr Phil Hammond: CLANGERS. "Our health is our freedom to live a life that we have reason to value, and our ability to bounce back when our circumstances change and life kicks us in the teeth. Both of these elements of health are more likely to happen if we try to adopt daily habits that are fun, good for us and rewarding. One way to remember them is the acronym CLANGERS, which depicts 8 daily vitamins (and joys) of health."