The emotional and mental wellbeing conversation is one that matters now more than ever, and resilience lies at the center of that conversation. Rather than box ticking exercises, I believe that true resilience is born out of self-understanding.
A better understanding of what resilience means to you is vital, with emphasis on the ‘means to you’ because it looks different to everyone.
The definition of resilience is ‘The capacity to recover from difficulties, toughness’.
Separating toughness as part of our overall resilience helps to recognise when we need to push through and when we need to recover.
Awareness is key.
The 4Aframework is a way of processing and moving through emotions so that we don’t store them up in our body in an unmanageable way.
“Avoiding a negative emotion buys us short-term gain at the price of long-term pain”
Developing a resilience tool kit can help us with direction during times of struggle as well as helping to increase self-awareness on a day-to-day basis.
Here are a few examples of how you can create your personal tool kit:
· Diet – when to eat, what to eat
· Safe space
· Work/ family/ social balance
· Social media “cleanse”