Get Resilient

Become more capable to adapt to stressful situations, to recover from difficulties to take on challenges and grow as a person.

Reflect

  • Take time to think about what triggers feelings of stress for you and identify signs within yourself of how you feel when you are experiencing stress – so you are better able to protect yourself from these situations
  • Take the time and space you need to reflect on what a change in your life may mean, process this information and then when you are ready and able to, move forward in a positive fashion.
  • Try to spot the signs of stress in friends, family and colleagues – then try to help them to find coping strategies, if they would welcome this input.
  • If you have a problem which you need to “get off your chest”, then have a conversation with someone you feel you can trust.
  • Try to avoid destructive habitual behaviours to deal with your stress g. excess alcohol, overeating, smoking, coffee and sugary snacks – try something more productive, like exercise to get rid of your frustrations.
  • If you are going through a difficult change, make sure that you have support from the areas in your life which are good for you g. family and friends, exercising, making some time and space for yourself.

Relax

  • If you need to relax, then take a moment or two to remind yourself about a happy memory and take a couple of deep, slow breaths or take five minutes out of your busy day to meditate or just sit quietly and breathe.
  • Try to put a smile on your face. If you appear happy, then those around you are likely to be happier too and the friendlier environment will help to lift your mood.  A smile usually begets a smile.
  • We all have different levels of what we are able to tolerate, so try to not judge others if they are less resilient than you are.
  • Plan a holiday, to give yourself a break, where you can just go and have some fun.
  • We can’t avoid stress completely, but ensure to look after yourself well when you are under strain. Ensure you are keeping well hydrated and eating healthier food, to avoid things like headaches or pre-existing medical conditions becoming worse.
  • Give yourself a break. Show yourself some kindness.

Renew

  • Read a good book – so you can escape to another world for a short time.
  • It’s ok to sometimes say “no” to others, if you find you already have enough to do yourself.
  • Be brave and push your boundaries slightly from time to time, to increase your comfort zone. Try something new occasionally.
  • Focus your time and energy on the things in your life which you can improve, then you will feel happier with the benefits you experience.
  • Put time and effort into maintaining a social network of friends and family with whom you can spend time and speak to.
  • Help your child find an activity which will help them to build their resilience.

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