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Emotional wellbeing, for most people, is something that fluctuates throughout their life, in fact 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing a common mental health problem, such as anxiety and depression in any given week*. A degree of stigma still exists around mental ill health and learners in the NHS, like anyone else, may often be scared or reluctant to to talk about any mental health problems they may be having.

 

Resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity. Research suggests that resilience is a dynamic process that may be context and time-specific. Having resilience helps you to recover more quickly from stressful situations. Resilience is not a trait. Therefore, there are practices that one can employ to cultivate resilience. Below are some suggestions, which may help to increase your resilience.

Self-awareness – Noticing how you are feeling and recognising when pressure is causing a problem.

Coping strategies – Having strategies in mind which can be put in place when you encounter a stressful situation.

Positive outlook – Employing realistic optimism, which means appraising situations as they are and then making the best of them.
For instance, engaging with life positively and constructively, taking personal responsibility and looking for solutions to problems.

Making connections – Our brains need social support to function optimally. Social connection releases oxytocin which calms your mind. Also, social interactions can contribute to the reduction of stress and help you to perceive a challenging situation as more manageable.

Making time for activities you enjoy – By incorporating this into your daily activities will create opportunities for you to emotionally recharge.

Having a sense of purpose and direction – When dealing with challenging situations, it may help to refer back to a calling, a purpose or a passion – as this could help reduce your stress.

 

Please get in touch if you’d like to talk to us about about your emotional wellbeing. All conversations are confidential, independent and inclusive. Alternatively you can use our self-help resources below.

 

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