What impact does resilience have on our wellbeing?
You do not have to look very hard to find terms such as wellbeing, self-care or positive mindset. From social media to newspapers its quite a big deal, more so now than ever before. But how often do we hear the word resilience? And what does this even mean?
It is no secret, but we are 12 months into a worldwide pandemic! There is no escaping it and there is certainly no avoiding it. In the last 12 months the importance of building positive mindsets and wellbeing have become ever more important for individuals, in schools and even in the workplace. But where does resilience factor into this and is just as important?
Resilience is the ability to overcome and adapt in difficult situations, to learn from the challenges that we face in life no matter how big or small. Resilience is not something we are born with and it is not something we just possess. Resilience is a skill that we learn, just as we do read or write. And just as we need to practice the skill to read or write, we must practice resilience building if we are to adapt and overcome.
Resilience is an umbrella term and under that umbrella sit elements such as self-awareness, self-care, positive relationships, and purpose to name a few. We must really zone in on these aspects of ourselves and our lives. In an ideal world, children would be educated on these elements from a very early age and build on their knowledge as they grow. However, we know this is not always the case, but the good news is you can start now!
Try asking yourself the following questions and build from there:
· Who am I? Seems simple but dig a little deeper. What are you? Where are you? What have you done? What are you to others?
· How do I recognise my emotions and how do I react to them? Can you improve on this? Can you learn and adapt?
· Who do I have around me? Family, friends, pets and what do these relationships look like? Do you have clear boundaries that are respected?
· What are my goals? These could be achieved goals or future goals. What Impact do you have?
Answer these questions in as little or as much detail as you want.
The purpose of this is to understand you and only you. We can only control ourselves and that is incredibly reassuring once we accept this.
So, to conclude maybe wellbeing is more important than resilience or maybe resilience is more importance than wellbeing. Personally, I believe you cannot have one without the other and the sooner we encourage people to invest in building their resilience the better their overall wellbeing will be.