Seven ways to build resilience

We spoke to Stuart Haydock, organisational psychologist, on ways you can try to build resilience and help you manage stress and anxiety.

The word ‘resilience’ is often bounced around when speaking about anxiety and stress, but what does it actually mean? And how can you improve your resilience levels to help you better manage your stress? 

According to Stuart Haydock, organisational psychologist, resilience is the concept that we all have a certain tolerance for pressure and stress. Beyond that threshold, pressure and stress can start to have a negative effect on our health. 

You can help extend your threshold however through a variety of lifestyle, emotional and cognitive strategies We asked Stuart for his tips on how you can increase your resilience. 

1. Increasing your physical activity can assist with building resilience, as the better you feel physically, the better equipped you’ll be to face everyday challenges mentally. For tips on how to get started if you’ve been out of the game a while, visit this article

2. Assess your diet, and make improvements to include more fresh vegetables and fruit. It’s also worth looking at your alcohol and caffeine intake, as these can also have an impact on your ability to manage stress. 

3. Healthy sleep patterns are important. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, these bedtime meditations might help.

4. Learn how and know when to say no to things, and be aware of your own boundaries so you don’t take on too much. 

5. Be sure to wave, not drown; don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re overwhelmed. If you’re not sure, this article might help you determine if it’s time to reach out for professional assistance. 

6. Take some time to make yourself the priority. Look at your schedule and see how you can fit in regular exercise, meditation or whatever it is that makes you feel good.  

7. Be realistic and set yourself achievable goals; small regular successes will build on each other, giving you a great sense of accomplishment. 

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