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Tips to build your resilience

Tips to build your resilience

28 August 2020

What is resilience?

Resilience is our ability to cope through challenging times and when we face uncertainty. Never has that been more important than now, with what we’re currently facing.

We have all been forced, for a longer period of time, to spend more time at home and we aren’t necessarily able to do the things we normally do. This means we have to find new ways to adapt and change.

We are always used to having the ability to see people face-to-face and now we have had to find new ways to connect with each other. For some that’s normal, but for others that’s more challenging.

This is also an opportunity to develop and change our way of thinking and the way we do things. Research suggests that those who demonstrate strong personal resilience are likely to do the following:

  • Take more care of their physical health
  • Have good quality relationships and social support
  • Set themselves goals
  • Utilise problem-solving skills
  • Have better self-awareness

The good news is that we can develop our resilience skills. For ideas on how to develop your skills in these areas and build your resilience, watch Ben’s video by clicking here and read their tips below:

Look after your physical health

Make healthy lifestyle changes – introduce a walk into your daily routine, taking up running or take part in virtual exercise classes at home. Looking after your physical health and also improve your mental health.

Have good quality relationships and social support

Think quality over quantity, focusing on building real connections with a couple of people you really value. Knowing that you have support there when you need it is not only a comfort, but you can also draw upon that support when times are tough.

Set goals

Setting stretching, yet realistic, goals is a great way to keep yourself motivated. No matter what you’re looking to achieve, think about your goal and set bite-size targets so you can track your progress along the way. This is a great way to build your confidence too.

Develop problem-solving skills

It is a great opportunity at the moment to develop your problem solving skills – start with something small and think about:

  • What is the problem/issue that you have?
  • What are the possible options to manage the problem/issue?
  • Who can you draw upon for support to help you with this?
  • Weigh up your options and decide what action you’re going to take

Practising problem-solving means you will have the skills and confidence to tackle new challenges as they come along.

Take time to get to know yourself

Spend some time getting to know yourself by thinking about:

  • What’s important to you?
  • What are you grateful for?
  • What are you good at? Then write a list of these.
  • What could you improve on?

Taking the time to get to know yourself, your values and strengths will improve your confidence and assertiveness

At the moment, across the automotive industry, we are clearly facing challenging times. This is a great opportunity for us to build our personal resilience to help us through the future.

If you’re struggling don’t forget that you chat with Ben online or call our helpline on 08081 311 333. Their helpline team can also help you to access our digital support programmes to help you with resilience, stress, anxiety, depression, money worries and sleep.

About Ben

Ben exists to provide support for life to the people of the automotive industry and their families. Their coronavirus hub provides a wealth of advice and support on specific areas of health and wellbeing that may be affected due to the current pandemic.

If you would like to find out more about how Ben can help you, visit ben.org.uk, chat with them online here or call their helpline on 08081 311 333.