Scientific evidence points to the five steps that we can take to improve our mental wellbeing. Give the Five Ways to Wellbeing a go with an open mind, and see the results for yourself. Following these five steps can help improve your wellbeing and health. Follow the link below for further information.
Things to do in your everyday life to help you feel good
Well-being incorporates a broad bio-psycho-social approach that includes physical, mental and social health. In the workplace employee health and wellbeing is influenced by three key elements: leadership, culture and communication.
All of us have the same basic need for social support, physical safety, health, and a feeling we are able to cope with life.
Resilience is a term that is often used to mean ‘bouncing back from a terrible event’ or ‘having strength to cope’, or ‘being determined to see things through to the end’. All these meanings imply people being mentally strong, sufficiently strong to maintain a sense of well-being whilst facing challenges.
A consistent theme among the range of definitions of resilience is a sense of adaptation, recovery and bounce back despite adversity or change. Resilience is typically thought of as a dynamic process which involves a personal negotiation through life that fluctuates across time, life stage and context.
- Recognise and develop your signature strengths
- Find a resilient role model
- Develop cognitive flexibility
- Develop positive attitudes and emotions
- Find your sense of purpose
- Look after your physical condition
- Develop your skills and interests
- Develop coping strategies and your support network – and make active use of them Charney (2007)
Developing workplace resilience
It is possible to assess your resilience using questionnaires. For example the i-resilience report is an online resources are a set of integrated resilience tools that are available, free to use. It is a useful tool when thinking about being resilient at work.
The validated personality questionnaire developed by Robertson Cooper, Psychologists, reveals which of the four key components users naturally draw on for resilience. The four components are:
- The need for social support.
The report provides a detailed understanding of personal resilience and gives examples of how this could impact on users’ responses to demanding work situations. The personal i-resilience report allows users to build on existing areas of strength, and also allows them to manage any potential areas of risk.
The i-resilience portal then allows users to develop their resilience in line with the results of their report. Interested to find out more? Follow the link to Robertson Cooper page.
Please note this is only one example, there are other questionnaires available if you search on line.
Ten tips for building resilience in the face of change
- Accept that there are some things that you can change and others that you cannot
- Develop and optimistic outlook
- Move on quickly from disappointments and set-backs
- Build on success
- Keep things in perspective
- Be prepared to take a risk
- Know what really matters to you
- Make the most of your skills
- Take the lead in getting information that you need to manage your career
- Don’t soldier on alone