Learning to understand your resilience, recognising where it is weak and taking steps to build it will help you overcome stressful situations.
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Relaxation can help you to de-stress, so learning how to trigger your body’s relaxation response adds another skill to your resilience toolkit. Even if you think you have a good idea about what helps you relax we recommend you take a moment to learn and practice a few techniques.
Book a regular slot in your diary to have fun. You might wonder what having fun has to do with resilience, but laughter has been shown to help you reduce your stress while making you feel more positive about life. And both these things contribute to your resilience.
So watch a funny movie, have a coffee with someone who makes you smile, listen to a comedy show on the radio; it really doesn't matter what you do as long as you do something.
Actively do things that help you build up your social network.
Having a group of people you believe you can depend on makes you more confident you can manage. Building a support network isn’t always easy, and things do get in the way, but you need to take steps to create one, even if it seems a hard thing to do.
Set specific, but realistic, steps and stick to them:
• I will speak to someone new every day
• I will sign up for a class (dance, art, gym, learning…)
• I will go out with friends or family once a week
• I will volunteer for something I really care about
• I won’t use my phone to avoid speaking to people
Having a network of people you can call upon will go a long way to helping you feel more confident when dealing with things that make you uncomfortable.
Learn healthy sleep habits to give yourself the best chance of a good night's rest.
Making sure you get enough high quality sleep is an essential part of maintaining your resilience. Good sleep can improve low mood and reduce stress but also help you think more clearly, have more energy, and feel better about life.
When you've added things to your to-do-list, you can print it out, or email it to yourself then start checking off the things you have done, or come back and add more.