Stress: Resilience

Emotional Resilience

The most important thing to remember is this is a learned skill. Think of emotional weight in the same way you would physical weight. Without training you probably are not going to lift up a 100kg weight. Without learning the skills of emotional resilience you can’t shoulder emotional weight.

These skills are about adapting to stress levels and bouncing back from disappointments. You can’t adopt a huge amount of responsibility without having the experience of working with the level of stress that comes with it.

Part of the “New Normal” is about a better life/work balance

Part of learning emotional resilience is being able to de-stress when you need to and having a balance between “work” life and your actual life

Relax

Take time to do things you find relaxing. Whatever that is; walk the dog, listen to music, play video games, play piano , binge watch Netflix shows. If there is something that makes you feel better then make a point of doing it without any guilt or regret…

Hobbies

…and if you don’t have anything that makes you relax then take up a new hobby. The NHS has recently started recommended fishing – try that. Take up a new instrument. Start a new sport – something group based to meet new people, Juijitsu for example.

Friends

Make time for friends. We are social creatures and social interaction with people you like is a great way to relax. If you’ve lost contact with friends then start a hobby to make new friends.

Adopt the right amount of responsibility

Part of learning to live with stress is adopting just enough responsibility to be pushing yourself. When you are already feeling the pressure that means removing stress but if you want to develop these skills when you are not stressed then try adopting a new responsibility. Try volunteering, perhaps, or start a project with family or friends. Just enough to push yourself out of your comfort zone without being overwhelmed.

Other Resources

Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness? The first thing that a lot of people think of is someone doing a Yoga position making that cliche “hmmmm” noise…it’s doesn’t have to be anything like that. Mindfulness is about being aware (or as aware as you can be) of the feelings and sensations going on within and around you in

Meditation videos

If you fancy listening to examples of meditations, check out these great videos. Anxiety – 10 minutes Depression – 10 minutes Sleep – 1 hour Learn to let go – 35 minutes Confidence – 27 minutes Self Image and Self Esteem – 11 minutes Detach from Overthinking – 42 minutes

How to Meditate

Like any skill, meditation takes practice.  Below are a few steps you can take to begin a meditation. Set a timer and give it a go!  1) Find a place where you can sit quietly and undisturbed. Keep your posture upright.  2) Set a time limit. If this is your first time, try 5 –

Why Meditate

Why Meditate? Research has shown that meditation can have both physiological and psychological effects.  While researchers do not yet fully understand how meditation works, the benefits are clear.  Positive physiological effects include: a lowered state of physical arousal reduced respiration rate decreased heart rate reduced physiological indicators of stress Some psychological and emotional benefits can

Meditation Definition

Definition Meditation is a practice in which a person uses techniques such as mindfulness, to encourage a state of awareness and focussed attention. This can help achieve a state of mental and emotional calm and stability.  Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the here and now, and have your full attention on what