Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Know Your Resilience

Know Your Resilienceby Simply Health: https://www.simplyhealth.co.uk/sh/pages/healthy-you/healthy-minds/know-your-resillience

With 1 in 4 adults suffering from some form of mental health issue every year1 it is vital that we are aware of how to look after ourselves.

An important part of good mental health is our level of resilience. Resilient individuals can not only cope well with change, but also recover quicker from its impact.

A common misconception is that resilience is something you either have or don't have. This simply isn't the case and in fact it's a quality that can actually be developed.

Every day we face situations that can test our resilience and as a result, our mental health. Whether it's financial worries or a family issue, we'll always come face to face with circumstances that test our mental strength.

The mind can be fragile and maintaining good mental health requires day to day management on our part. Exercising is good for the body and the mind and it can play an important part in helping us prevent or mange mental health issues. Being creative is another great way to reduce stress or anxiety and there are some fun, yet proven, creative ways to calm your mind.

These techniques are great for helping overall mental health but what can you do to become more resilient? The good news is that we are able to build up and maintain our resilience levels, and that's where the i-resilience report can help.

You'll be invited to take a personality questionnaire that will take about 20 minutes to complete. Your answers will then be analysed to give you your personal i-resilience report immediately.

We all have different personalities and this means each of us will respond in our own way to an adverse situation. The i-resilience report identifies which parts of your personality you naturally draw upon for resilience.

There are four key components of your personality in this regard:
 
Adaptability - By being flexible and adapting to changing or stressful situations that you cannot control, you can maintain your resilience.
 
Confidence - Confidence is key when it comes to feeling resilient. If you have strong self esteem, along with feelings of competence and effectiveness in coping with stressful situations, then you'll naturally feel resilient without even realising.
 
Purposefulness - A big part of resilience is persistence, and having a clear sense of purpose, along with defined values and direction, gives you the drive to continue on despite setbacks.
 
Social support - If you build positive relationships with people and seek support then you can overcome stressful situations a lot easier than trying to cope on your own.

The results of your i-resilience questionnaire will provide you with an in depth understanding of how you respond to demanding situations, giving you a great foundation to help you build upon your strengths and manage any potential areas or risk to your mental health.

Once you have digested your report you'll have access to the i-resilience portal which offers further support in building your resilience via a range of online resources - including articles, book references, insights and videos. So you can continue to develop your resilience using the portal whenever you'd like to.

Tools such as the i-resilience report can be an invaluable source of support for our mental health. Take the i-resilience questionnaire to find out more about yourself and develop your resilience.

Mental Health Awareness Week helps to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues to educate the wider public and break the stigma. Simplyhealth is supporting this awareness drive throughout May. Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week.

Meta description: The i-resilience report offers an in depth understanding of how you respond to demanding situations, giving you a great foundation to help you build upon your strengths and manage any potential areas or risk to your mental health.
 
Sources

1. http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/

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